Abbreviations and Descriptions
I know lots of our customers are expert second hand book buyers but we thought this may be useful for those new to book collecting. We are building an ABC of abbreviations and descriptions commonly used in the second-hand book market.
AEG- or all edges gilt.
This term is used to describe a book which has edges which have been gilded with gold leaf. Sometime only one edge is gilded and the description will say top edge gilt.
This is used to describe book where the corners or the top and tail of the spine have been crumpled with use. Quite often it is caused by the book having been dropped at some point, a little like if you drop a cereal box the cardboard crumples together.
Commonly used to describe the dust cover if it has chips, nibbles or nicks out of it.