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Offprint of Selbstdarstellungen by Sigmund Freud from L.R. Grotes' Die Medizin Der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen, IV, 1925.

An offprint is a separate printing of a work that originally appeared as part of a larger publication, usually one of composite authorship such as an academic journal, magazine, or edited book.[1][2][3]

The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science states that, according to James Murray's New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, the word was derived from the German separatabdruck or the Dutch afdruk.[4]

Offprints are used by authors to promote their work and ensure a wider dissemination and longer life than might have been achieved through the original publication alone. They may be valued by collectors as akin to the first separate edition of a work and, as they are often given away, may bear an inscription from the author. Historically, the exchange of offprints has been a method of correspondence between scholars.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Carter, John, and Nicolas Barker. (2004) ABC for Book Collectors. 8th edition. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll. p. 153. ISBN 0712348220
  2. ^ offprint. English Oxford Living Dictionaries. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ offprint. Collins. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ Kent, Allen. (Ed.) (1986). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 40 - Supplement 5: Austria: National Library of to The Swiss National Library. New York: Marcel Dekker. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-8247-2040-7.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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  • Media related to Offprints at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of offprint at Wiktionary