A few words on book gradings

We always try to provide a fair and accurate evaluation of our books, and grade them using the following scale:

Fine:

As new and without any faults, as antiquarian book dealers it's very rare that we ever describe a book thus.

Near Fine:

A very nice copy with only a few very minor marks or faults

Very Good:

A decent example showing some signs of wear, perhaps some light foxing

Good:

An average second hand book. Complete but may have wear to the binding, marking or dark foxing to the pages, some pages may be a loose. (For pre 1850 titles we may grade a book as 'Good' with a detached board if the book is otherwise 'Very Good')

Fair:

A worn book that has a major defect of some kind. Possibly missing a cover or with a broken binding.

Poor:

A reading copy only. Binding may be unrepairable or very badly stained. Possibly pages missing. We normally only market a book in this condition if it is particularly scarce.


Within these grades we also use + (plus) and - (minus) if a book is slighty better or worse than expected within a grade.
Please bear in mind that these grades are used in context with the age of the book. A 'Very Good' 18th century volume will not be in the same condition as a 'Very Good' 20th century volume. Allowances are made for age, generally regarding wear & marking to the binding and foxing to the pages.
If you have any questions about the grading of a particular book, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to email photographs pointing out any flaws.