A Guide to the Condition of Our Books

As New

  • Could easily be mistaken for brand new
  • Undamaged cover
  • All pages undamaged (no creases or tears)
  • No underlining/highlighting of text or writing in margins
  • No damage to binding
  • If the book normally has a dust jacket, the jacket is included
  • May be an overstock/remainder
  • No missing pages

Very Good

  • Minimal amount of creasing to the spine
  • Square binding
  • Minimal or no discolouration to pages
  • Dust jacket present
  • May contain writing only on the title page 


  • Slightly crooked or scuffed spine
  • Mild creasing scuffing of cover
  • Slightly loose bindings
  • Mild browning
  • Slight highlighting or note taking
  • May be without front or end page (no content missing)


  • Spine may be warped with cracking and scuffing
  • Cover may be discoloured and creasing
  • Pages may be browned and warped
  • Markings and note taking do not interfere with reading
  • May be without end papers or title page
  • May be some water damage
  • Cover slightly torn


  • Library copies are marked regardless of the book's condition

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