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ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter

ABC for Book Collectors (1952)

by John Carter

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  ebr_mills | Mar 23, 2017 |
An ABC collated by a perfectionist must, almost by definition, be a five star. I simply refuse to give this the full five stars because Carter must have missed something. seriously, this is the best synopsis of a Bookman's language I've run across. please note the entry for "misprint" as you breeze throiugh it. ( )
1 vote andyray | Jan 27, 2011 |
This is a straightforward glossary of book terms, and extremely useful for those who are buying or selling books. ( )
1 vote wrichard | Nov 16, 2010 |
I finally took the opportunity to read John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors all the way through - I've dipped into it for various reasons for years, but never actually sat and read the whole thing. It's a classic, and justifiably so. Carter's witty erudition and excellent ability to put the most complex bibliophilic terms into easily understandable language make this a must-have reference book for all bibliophiles. And beyond the usefulness, it's endlessly amusing (his entry on "misprints" is an absolute delight). If you don't have a copy on your shelf, order one today. Or, collect all the different editions ... ( )
1 vote JBD1 | May 16, 2010 |
Not only is this a terrific glossary for those interested in book collecting and those who just love books, it's like a mini-history of book-collecting. Interspersed with short anecdotes and occasionally tart commentary, it's the perfect book to flip through while waiting to fall asleep. The only drawback to that plan is that, like a bowl of peanuts, there is no such thing as, "just one". You'll end up staying awake longer than you intended and finishing the whole thing. ( )
2 vote BMK | Nov 25, 2009 |
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Every specialised profession or pursuit develops its own jargon, much of which is unintelligible to the layman.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394414039, Hardcover)

This seventh edition of John Carter's classic text contains in-depth descriptions of every aspect of antique and modern book collecting from A to Z. All terms are alphabetized for quick reference, including how to take care of pigskin, morocco, or Russian leather, how to tell japon vellum from India proof paper and how to determine "very good copy" in a collectible volume. For first edition collectors, Carter's definition of "follow the flag" explains the historical issues surrounding first and native first texts. The book's pages are charmingly labeled, showing you exactly where the half-title and tailpiece are located and what a printer's imprint page looks like.

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