Condition Definitions

Below are the different classifications of condition we use when cataloging books. When a volume is somewhere between these points on the grading scale, we tend to err on the side of caution and choose the lower condition grade – our aim is to be as accurate as we can, while making sure every customer is satisfied with the item(s) they receive.

Fine: An exceptional copy, with no visible flaws.

Near Fine: Almost fine, but bearing minimal wear. Defects described.

Very Good: Shows some wear, though no major flaws affecting the legibility of the text or the structural integrity of the book. Defects described.

Good: A complete book with moderate wear – about average, but no longer attractive, and may have significant damage. Defects described.

Fair: Significantly worn, and may be missing superficial pieces (e.g., front or end matter), but not textual content. Defects described.


For more detailed explanations of these condition grades, and other useful terminology, we encourage you to visit the following websites:

http://www.ioba.org/pages/resources/condition-definitions/

http://www.ioba.org/pages/resources/book-terminology/

http://hq.abaa.org/books/antiquarian/abaapages/glossary.html

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