Book Rating Criteria
We evaluate our books, and when relevant their dustjackets,
on the following scale:
- As New - A book or dustjacket which looks as it would
appear directly from the publisher, entirely free of markings or damage.
- Fine - A book or dustjacket which has the mildest
of wear, and is free of markings or damage. Occasionally a book will have
a slight defect such as a faint crease, clipped endpaper, or something equivalent.
These details are all noted in the book descriptions.
- Very Good - Here, the book or dustjacket may have
some mild problems such as a former owner's name on an endpaper, some small
tears or mild chipping around the edges, etc. All of the pages and illustrations
are present and in fine shape.
- Good - A book or dustjacket rated "Good"
has some moderate wear to it, probably chipping around the edges of the dustjacket,
perhaps a crease in the cover. There may be some underlining and/or highlighting
in the text, but again, all of the pages are present. All defects are carefully
- Fair/Acceptable - This indicates a book or dustjacket
which has substantial wear, and may have some tearing, fading, markings, etc.
A book rated "Fair" or "Acceptable" is certainly a good
- Poor/Unacceptable - Very few of our books or dustjackets
are rated "Poor" or "Unacceptable". Occasionally we find
a book we think is special enough or interesting enough that it offsets the
book's less than stellar condition. Again, all defects are noted.
If you have any questions about a particular book or dustjacket's
condition, or a question about a specific book description, please feel free
to contact us and we'll answer your question as soon as possible. Thank you.
27 February, 2003
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