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CHAPTER BOOK Fairly modern term referring to books for older children which are organized into chapters, as opposed to “picture books”, which often are not.

CHIPPED Small pieces broken off of a dust jacket or binding.

BOOK PLATE An ownership label, usually placed inside front cover.

Many have become collectible due to the designer or owner; others actually lower the value of books printed in the last 50 or so years, especially book plates that can be purchased in batches of 50 or 100 and a space left for the owner’s name to be penciled or inked-in.

CHAPBOOK Small, inexpensive books produced from the 17th century until today, originally sold by “chapmen”, peddlers, and hawkers.

Contents usually of a popular, sensational, juvenile, or moral / educational character.

ADVANCE REVIEW (or READER’S or READING) COPY (ARC) A special pre-publication copy distributed by publishers for review purposes.

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A seller should always disclose if a book is a BCE.

The collector should arm themselves with the relevant bibliographies to know when a BCE might be desirable. Also referred to as the dust jacket or dustwrapper.

BOOKWORM A larva of any insect which harms books by feeding on their binding or leaves.

As they eat they way through the pages of a book, they leave a trail known as “worming.” Also, a term for a person devoted to books.

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ABA In the US: the American Booksellers Association membership consists of independently owned bookstores, most with a store front location primarily selling new books. ABA.) The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.