We always try to describe books accurately, however condition is a rather subjective matter so we tend to err on the side of caution and under describe condition. Secondhand books are often as good as new books (often better - how many new books have you seen at Waterstones etc. with torn, bumped and marked covers and jackets!)
We will always offer a full refund on any book which is defective or materially not as described.
However we do not normally note old ownership labels, bookplates, inscriptions etc, unless they are unusual, unsightly or significant (Author dedications, association copies etc) if this is important to you please inquire before buying.
When describing book condition we use the following catagories:
As New : In as new condition
VG : Very Good No significant faults a well looked after used book (many Bookdealers would say Fine)
VG- : near VG generally a VG copy but with some evident wear (often shelf wear on extreme edges etc)
Good : an acceptable copy but with some obvious wear or faults as noted
Fair : a reading copy only faults as noted
Dw - Dust Wrapper. Condition is graded as above, but most dws will show some minimal signs of wear on edges. If a dw is not mentioned then book does not have one (or was not issued with one)
Glazed Boards Hardback book with shiny paper covered board covers (generally pictorial) usually issued without dust wrapper
Ex-lib ex library copy any labels, stamps etc will be noted. Our ex-lib books are often from Institutional Libraries and as such are in VG unread condition with just the odd library marking.
End Papers the blank pages at the front and back of books holding the pages to the binding.
Yapp Card Covers oversize card covers a ridiculous design from the 1930s -50s which always crease and wear on the edges!
D&C David & Charles
Bradford or BB Bradford Barton
IA Ian Allan
IRRS Irish Railway Record Society
IRS Industrial Railway Society
NMRS Northern Mines Research Society
OPC Oxford Publishing Company
Oakwood The Oakwood Press
RCHS Railway & Canal Historical Society
RCTS Railway Correspondence & Travel Society
TPC Transport Publishing Company
Book Sizes for Railway Enthusiasts!
12mo small (Ian Allen ABC size)
8vo normal format (Standard size for D&C, Oakwoods etc)
Large 8vo Ian Allan Albums, Bradford Bartons etc.
4to Large format OPC hardbacks, Foxlines etc.
Folio Over 12 high
Landscape refer to books in horizontal format