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Rare Book Abbreviations Cheat Sheet by

Some of the most common abbreviations you will in the rare book industry, including book condition, book size and editions.

Descri­ption Abbrev­iations

NF
Near Fine Condition
VG
Very Good Condition
GC
Good Condition
FC
Fair Condition
PC
Poor Condition
F
Fine Condition
FR
Fair Condition

Misc

DJ
Dust Jacket
Ex-Lib
Ex Library
LB
Loose Binding
R
Rubbed
SC
Scuffed
FR
Frayed
HT
Hit (Damaged, Warped etc)
ST
Stained
 

Book Sizes

4to, Qto.
quarto size (9" x 12" or 22.9cm x 30.5cm)
8vo, Oct.
octavo size (6" x 9" or 15.2cm x 22.9cm)
12mo
duodecimo size (5" x 7 .5" or 12.7cm x 19.1cm)
16mo
sextod­ecimo (4.25" x 6.75" or 10.8cm x 17.2cm)
24mo
twenty­fourmo (3.5" x 6" or 8.9cm x 15.2cm)
32mo
thirty­twomo (3.25" x 5" or 8.3cm x 12.7cm)
64mo
sixtyf­ourmo (2" x 3" or 5.1cm x 7.6cm)
Atlas folio
16" x 25" or 40.6cm x 63.5cm
Elephant folio
14" x 25" or 35.6cm x 63.5cm
Folio (Fo., Fol.)
12" x 15" or 30.5cm x 38.1cm
 

Edition

1st. / First Ed.
First Edition
2nd Edition
Second Edition
3rd Edition .. etc
Third Edition ..
Reprint
Reprint
Rev. / Revised
Revised Edition

Credits

This cheat sheet was created by Wigan Lane Books.
Thanks to Dave @ Added Bytes
                   
 

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