Glossary of Rare Book Terms
What is a rare book? What is signed versus inscribed? What is a first edition? What does 8vo stand for?
Find some of the common jargon booksellers and bookcollectors often use.
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Backstrip is commonly used to describe the paper spine-covering of books in boards, which is usually different from the paper covering of the boards.
Back is used in such terms as gilt back (of leatherbound books) or boards, cloth back (see half cloth), but should be, and mostly is, avoided in any context where it might be confused with the back cover, or lower board, of the binding.