Sporting Book
Catalogue
Abbreviations
AEG = all edges gilt Imp = impression (printing)
BCE = Book Club Edition Ltd Ed = limited edition
(c. 1956) = circa 1956 n.d. = no publication date
DJ = dust jacket n.p. = no publisher/place of publication
EP = decorative endpapers PDJ = dust jacket is placed in a clear plastic protective cover ("Brodart")
FEP = front free endpaper
Ilust = illustrated TEG = top edge gilt

Book Condition
Mint As new, no wear.
Very Fine Not quite mint, the slightest of wear.
Fine Starting to show some wear, but an excellent copy.
Very Good Better than the average used book, tight and clean.
Good Below average, showing wear.
Fair Showing quite a bit of wear. Cracked hinges, loose, but everything present. (May also be defined as a "Reading Copy.")
Ex-library Former library book. May have spine numbers, card pockets and stamps. (Identified as such regardless of condition.)
Book Size
Size Height (inches) Height (cm)
Double Elephant Folio up to 50"  
Atlas Folio up to 25"  
Elephant Folio 23"  
Folio up to 15" >30
4to up to 12" 25-30
8vo up to 9" 20-25
12mo up to 7" 17.5-20
16mo up to 6" 16.5-17.5
18mo up to 6" 15-16.5
24mo up to 5" 12.5-15
32mo up to 5" 10-12.5
48mo up to 4" 7.5-10
64mo up to 3" <7.5

Books are first editions unless otherwise noted. Those with dust jackets are identified as such (i.e., DJ or PDJ).
Any characterization of a book's condition is subjective. I have listed the faults, if any, and have described the overall condition of each book.
The photographs accompanying each entry show the actual book for sale. Additional photos are available on request.


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