Glossary of Rare Book Terms

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Paper Proof
A paper proof is issued later in the editing process, when all mistakes and changes have presumably been made. The paper proof is therefore the “final version” before a book officially is printed for release. Unlike galleys, paper proofs generally have “all the details,” such as pagination, indices, and illustrations. They are sometimes also called uncorrected proofs.
Paste-Down
That half of the endpaper which lines the inside cover (its other half is often called the free endpaper). Binders generally refer to the paste-down as the board-paper.
Plate(s)
Illustration(s) on leaves often of a different paper stock, and often separately printed and inserted into the book at the time of binding. Illustration(s) printed on the same pages as the body of text are generally referred to as Cuts, or simply illustrations.
price-clipped
When a dust jacket is described as price-clipped, it indicates that the portion of the dust jacket flap with the publisher's price has been cut off, often done for books having been given as a gift.
Pritzel
Reference/Bibliography: G. A. Pritzel; Thesaurus literaturae botanicae. Leipzig, 1871-1877.