Facebook Contest: Win $10 Off ANY Item in the PayIT4Ward Bookstore

Can you guess which vintage book this is from the illustration? Comment on Facebook with your answer and share the post! Winner will receive a $10 Codeless Coupon to the PayIT4Ward Bookstore. Winner will be selected at random at 5pm today, May 15th.

UPDATE- ALL correct answers to our Facebook contest will receive a prize! Just visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PayIT4WardBooks and guess the title of the vintage book pictured below.

Click Here To Enter!

contest1

Your Guide to Antique Book Terminology

vintage books collectible payit4ward booksWhen you buy an antique or collectible book, it’s important to know what exactly you’re getting. Condition tend to vary, so knowing the terminology used to describe the different parts of an antique book is essential for collectors, or anyone looking to expand their bookshelf! Here’s a brief rundown of some common terms used by book sellers when they describe a vintage book:

Antiquarian: An antiquarian book means it fits into the “collectible” genre. This term suggests that the book was printed years or centuries ago and is generally quite rare.

Advanced Copy or ARC (Advanced Review Copy): A copy of the book that was published prior to the known publication date for reviewers and sellers.

Backstrip:  Material that covers the spine of the book.

Binding: The complete cover of the book, which includes the backstrip/spine.

Book Club Edition: A specialized reprint of the book’s 1st Edition. Some Book Club Editions may be condensed.

Covers:  The front, back and spine of the book – i.e, the complete binding of the book.

Dust Jacket (DJ): Hardcover books are sold either with or without a Dust Jacket. A Dust Jacket (DJ) refers to the paper artwork that covers the book’s exterior. Hardcover books are much more valuable when a Dust Jacket is included. Depending on the condition of the Dust Jacket, the book’s value increases by about 35-100%. A book in excellent condition with an intact dust jacket can double in value.

Ephemera: A written or printed document originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. Most paper ephemera are quite rare because of this. “Paper Ephemera” refers to pamphets, booklets, brochures, playbills and other vintage items.

1st Edition: The first available printed copy of a collectible book.

Foxed / Foxing: Foxing refers to a chemical reaction that causes brownish staining or spotting of the papers. Foxing is usually seeing in older books (19th century or before) with steel engravings.

Fray: Loose threads in a book with a cloth overlay that emerge from the cover or backstrip.

Gilding: Refers to a decorative overlay to the book’s cover or binding, usually gold or silver, to give it a more alluring appearance.

Illustration: Any type of picture, design, graphic, map, or diagram printed within the text of the book. Note the book’s illustrator along with the author.  

Impression: This term refers to the number of copies during a particular press run

Library-Bound: A book produced for libraries or schools; generally with a more durable binding

Limited Edition: Refers to a publication that has been restricted to a small amount of copies for a specific audience

Marbled: Paper decorated with an imitation marble pattern.

Mint Condition: Book’s condition is like new; as in the same day as publication

No Date (ND):  The book shows no publication date, or the date is unknown. 

Pamphlet:  A short paper edition that covers a single subject area

Paperback:  A soft cover book with a paper exterior

Tips: The furthermost corners of the book

PayIT4Ward Books clearly outlines the condition of each item in our store. Click here to check out some new additions to the PayIT4Ward bookstore! 

Mrs Grundy: Studies in English Prudery

$_57Are you “proper”, according to the old English definition? Probably not.

Mrs. Grundy: Studies in English Prudery is an entertaining and informative read by Peter Fryer that takes a deeper look at the extreme beliefs towards sexuality and censorship in the past. His notes go as far back as the 1300s, and some of the information is outlandish and downright hilarious.

Fryer’s account begins with the spoken word. The first few chapters trace the changing words considered to be proper. For example, the word “belly”, which gradually was replaced by “stomach” in the 1300s. It was taboo to say “belly” – in fact, according to the text, “Respectable Englishwomen” were seriously offended, even by doctors, who used the word. Fryer includes stories of Doctors unable to treat patients who couldn’t tell him which “limb” was hurting because they refused to use the necessary words to describe parts of the body!

These stories are laughable in modern times – but it’s important to remember that self-censorship certainly still exists today, particularly in radically conservative groups. We might like to think of our own beliefs as far superior to medieval values, but much remains the same more often than we like to think.

Check out Mrs. Grundy: Studies in English Prudery in the PayIT4Ward Bookstore. We have a 1st edition vintage copy for sale – click here to get yours now!

Welcome to Pay It 4ward Books Online!

PIF logoPay IT 4Ward Books is a Textbook Buyback Service and Online Retailer of rare, antique and collectible books.

For more info on selling your used textbooks, email JN@PayIT4wardBooks.com. Top prices offered!

Our online bookstore offers an amazing selection of antique, 1st edition collectible books, paperbacks, hardcovers, paper ephemera and more. You’ll find literary memorabilia from the 1800s, 1900s and throughout the 21st century: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, literary criticism and so much more. Click here to shop Pay IT 4Ward online now!

unnam3edIMG_2343

H.G. Wells