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CQout - Frequently Asked Questions - Standard Conditions for Books

Below are the standard conditions for books and their dust covers. These are provided so that anyone buying or selling books has a common standard classification for describing the amount of wear and tear a book has been subject to. The use of this standard on CQout is recommended but is entirely voluntary. The five basic conditions accepted by collectors all over the world are;

  1. MINT- The book is in perfect condition. It is complete with its dust cover and it is impossible to tell from a new copy. Dust Jacket as new.
  2. FINE- The book is in excellent condition. Close examination will show evidence of previous ownership and storage. There may be a small inscription to the previous owner, but generally the book is near perfect condition. Dust Jacket as new, but with very slight rubbing on the corners.
  3. VERY GOOD- Slightly less than fine condition. Apart from slight foxing or fading, the book has no faults. Dust Jacket: Clean with excellent colouring, but with slight rubbing to most edges and corners.
  4. GOOD- It is obvious that the book is second-hand. However, apart from minor faults it is complete in all respects, unless described otherwise. Dust Jacket: Fairly clean with almost perfect colouring, but suffering from marks, creasing and other signs of wear. Most of the edges are rubbed or have small tears in them.
  5. POOR-The book is really in bad condition. It may be warped, preliminary pages may be missing, and the spine is irreparably damaged. The text is complete but the book is really only suitable to read. Dust Jacket: Tatty and grubby, may well be marked, creased or torn.

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