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Glossary of Book Terms - Letter V

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Variant - A book that differs in one or more features from others of the same impression, but a positive sequence has not been established.

VD or vd - Various dates

VDAV - Verband Deutscher Antiquare e. V. the German Antiquarian booksellers Association.

Vellum - A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin, not tanned but treated with chemicals to make it suitable for writing and printing on and for binding. Can also refer to heavy off-white fine-quality paper resembling true parchment.

Verso - The back of the leaf; the page that lies to the left in an open book. Versos are the even-numbered pages. Also known as verso page.

Very good - Describes a book that does show some small signs of wear - but no tears - on either binding or paper. Any defects must be noted.

VG or vg - Describes a book that does show some small signs of wear - but no tears - on either binding or paper. Any defects must be noted.

Vignette - A decoration used on a headpiece to a chapter, or to divide a book into sections. A vignette may also be located on the title page.

Vol or vols - Volume(s), A book or periodical that is part of a series or a set. The volume notation can be a number, letter, or a similar form.

Volume - A book or periodical that is part of a series or a set. The volume notation can be a number, letter, or a similar form.

Vy or vy - Various year(s)

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