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Glossary of Book Terms - Letter D

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DAB – Dictionary of American Biography, a 20 volume reference on books, manuscripts, autographs and information on authors.

Dampstain – Stain often of a shade of tan or gray resulting from water or other liquid damage to a book. Fairly common very old volumes. The presence of a dampstain does lower the monetary value.

Dampstained – Stain often of a shade of tan or gray resulting from water or other liquid damage to a book. Fairly common very old volumes. The presence of a dampstain does lower the monetary value.

Darkening – When book covers are exposed to light, the color darkens or becomes more intense. Also see fading.

De luxe (deluxe) edition – A book that is bound in the highest standard with high quality materials, often has hand stitched binding, high grade leather with gilt or other graphic enhancing designs on the cover, spine and page edges.

Dec or Decor – Decorated, or decoration.

Deckle – A deckled edge is the rough and irregular edge of paper that has not been cut.

Deckle edge - natural or sometimes artificial rough edge of page, left uncut. Also see cut edges, uncut, and unopened.

Decorative Stamped Binding – A highly detailed impression stamped into the cover and/or spine of a book.

Dedication Copy - The copy of the book inscribed by the author to the person to whom the book is dedicated. Can also mean the page on which the author writes his dedication, usually the page after the title page opposite from the copyright page. Also see dedication page.

Dedication Page – The page of a book that lists the persons and/or institutions to whom the author has committed the work. It is usually located opposite the copyright page.

Definitive Edition – The most authoritative version of a work.

Dentelle -- A lacy rim, or border along the inner edge. In the 18th century the dentelle was usually on the outside of the book. Today most dentelles are used on the inside.

Dents - Damage to the edges of the cover of hardcover books. Also known as bumps.

Device - Refers to a printer's mark or imprint that was used primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries, typically found on the title page or at the end of a book. Today the term can also be used to describe a publisher's trademark or logo. Also known as printer's mark or colophon.

Dict or Dict – Dictionary

Dictionary of American Biography - Dictionary of American Biography, a useful 20 volume reference, especially when collecting manuscripts and autographs and attempting to learn about the authors.

Disb or disb – Disbound

Disbound – A book, pamphlet, or ephemera that is lacking its binding.

Dj or dj – Dust jacket

DNB - Dictionary of National Biography, multi-volume (number of volumes dependent upon the edition) reference of biographies of British citizens.

Doc or doc. – Document

Doctored – Restored or repaired, but usually used by booksellers as a negative term. As is the case with antiques, a book is generally more valuable when undoctored.

Dog-Eared – Book pages which have been folded over in the corners. Often done to mark a place in a book.

Dos-a-dos – Two separate books bound together so that each cover represents the cover for a different title. The Ace paperbacks or many science fiction books were issued this way.

Dummy – A mockup of a book that is created to represent the physical appearance, including actual arrangement of the printed matter and illustrations, of a forthcoming book-to-book buyers. Modern trade publishing has replaced the use of dummies with materials such as advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs. Dummies were used in the late 19 th and early 20 th century. Also referred to as a salesmen sample.

Dummy copy – A mockup of a book that is created to represent the physical appearance, including actual arrangement of the printed matter and illustrations, of a forthcoming book-to-book buyers. Modern trade publishing has replaced the use of dummies with materials such as advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs. Dummies were used in the late 19 th and early 20 th century. Also referred to as a salesmen sample.

DuoDecimo (12mo) – A book approximately seven to eight inches tall. See book sizes for other related terms.

Dust Jacket – A paper cover protecting a book from dirt and wear. Dust jackets date from the early 19th century, but they came into more common use in the early 20th century as a means to advertise the book to potential buyers. Also known as dust wrapper, book jacket or dj.

Dust Wrapper – A paper cover protecting a book from dirt and wear. Dust jackets date from the early 19th century, but they came into more common use in the early 20th century as a means to advertise the book to potential buyers. Also known as dust jacket, book jacket or dj.

DW or dw – Dust wrapper.

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