Glossary

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Octavo

See “Book formats”.

Offset

The accidental transfer of ink from a printed page, or illustration, to an adjacent page. This may be caused either from the sheets having been folded, or the book bound, before the ink was properly dry, or from the book being subsequently exposed to damp. Offset from engraved or other plates on to text, and from text on to plates, is commoner, and also much more disfiguring, than offset from text on to text.” (John Carter)?

Danish: Offset
Dutch: Offset
French: Offset
German: Abklatsch
Italian: Offset
Spanish: Offset
Swedish: Offset

Offset lithographs

Lithographs printed by transferring an image from a stone or plate to an intermediate surface and then to the print paper.

Original boards

In the original binding from the book’s publisher, as opposed to in contemporary binding (from the same time period but not from the publisher) or rebound.

French: Original boards
German: Originaleinband
Swedish: Originalband