List of booksellers' abbreviations

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This is a list of abbreviations commonly used by booksellers.

  • ABAA: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
  • AEG: All Edges Gilt
  • ALS: Autographed Letter Signed
  • ARC: Advance Readers Copy
  • BCE: Book Club Edition
  • BDS: Boards
  • BOMC: Book-of-the-Month Club
  • BPT: Bumped
  • C.: Small c. before date, meaning circa; around/about (referring to date)
  • CR or CPR or ©: Copyright
  • CWO: Check or cash with order
  • DEC: Decorated
  • DJ: Dust jacket
  • DS: Document signed
  • DW: Dustwrapper (same as dust jacket, or book jacket)
  • ED: Edition or Editor
  • EP: Endpaper
  • EX LIB: Ex-Library copy
  • EX LIBRIS: From the library of, referring to previous owner—often found on bookplates
  • F: Fine
  • FFEP: Front free endpaper
  • FL: Flyleaf
  • FRONTIS: Frontispiece
  • G: Good
  • HC: Hardcover
  • IL or ILLUS: Illustrated
  • IOBA: Independent Online Booksellers Association
  • LITHO: Lithograph
  • LTD ED: Limited Edition
  • ND or n-d: No Date
  • NP or n-pl: No Place
  • NYR or NYP: Not Yet Released or Not Yet Published
  • OSI: Out of Stock Indefinitely
  • OP or OOP: Out-of-Print
  • POI: Prior Owner Inscription
  • POS: Publisher Out of Stock
  • PP: Pages; p (and then the number) for page; /pp for pages – to
  • PPB or PB: Paperback
  • PPD: Postpaid
  • PR: Printing
  • PSEUD: Pseudonym
  • PUB: Published/publisher
  • RFEP: Rear free endpaper
  • RET: Returnable
  • SLC or SC: Slipcase
  • SGD: Signed
  • SP: Spelling
  • TEG: Top Edge Gilt
  • TLS: Typed letter signed
  • TP: Title Page
  • V. or VOL or VOLS: Volume/Volumes
  • VG: Very Good
  • WAF: With All Faults
  • W/O: Without

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References[edit]

  • Prytherch, Ray (2000). Harrod’s Librarians’ Glossary and reference book. -9th ed. Gower Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 0-566-08018-4