Books are graded as follows:
NEW: A new book, sourced from the publishers. Sometimes shrink-wrapped.
MINT: The book is in perfect condition. Complete with its dustwrapper and is impossible to distinguish from a new copy. DW: As new.
FINE: The book appears to be in excellent condition. On closer inspection, it will show evidence of ownership and storage. Generally the book is in near perfect condition. Binding is tight, pages are clean and crisp. DW: As new, but with very slight rubbing on corners.
VERY GOOD: Slightly less than Fine condition. Apart from slight foxing or fading, the book has no faults, binding is tight, pages are clean and sound. Will show light signs of wear. There are no significant inscriptions to or by the previous owner. DW: Clean with excellent colouring, but with slight rubbing to most edges and corners.
GOOD: It is obvious that the book is secondhand. Complete in all respects, unless described otherwise. Good reading copy. DW: Fairly clean with slightly less than perfect colouring, slight rubbing to most edges and corners.
ACCEPTABLE: This book will have significant reading wear. All pages and the cover will be intact. Pages can include notes or highlighting. Not for a gift. DW: Slightly grubby with colour loss, edges rubbed, minor tears and creasing.
POOR: A book in this category is in really bad condition. It may be warped, the preliminary pages may be missing and the spine irreparably damaged. Text is complete but the book is only suitable to read. DW: Very tatty and grubby, and may be marked, stained, creased or torn. We do not offer books for sale which we consider to be "Poor" unless they are particularly rare, scarce or uncommon.
Other Terms we use:
DW: Dust Wrapper. (Sometimes known as Dust Jacket). Many of our books with DWs are protected in a specialist non-adhesive transparent film to protect the wrapper from further wear.
CC: Card Covers
PB: Pictorial Boards
PC: Paper Covers
OOP: Out of Print
HTF: Hard to Find
Shelf Wear: No significant damage to the book or DW, but shows signs of light use or reading.