Our Quality Guidelines

The Old Book Shop uses an industry-standard range of quality to grade our books. While no two book sellers will judge the same book exactly the same way, we try to grade a book's condition conservatively and we always note any defect in the description of the book.

Here is our criteria for grading the condition of a book:

New Used only when a book is as published and we know the book to be brand new and unread. The book can have no defects.
Near Fine (NF) A Near Fine book is similar to a New book, but lacks crispness. The book can have no defects.
Very Good (VG) A Very Good book shows some small signs of wear, but is clean and snug.
Good+ (G+) A Good+ book shows signs of being read. For example, it may have a slant, be lightly soiled, or have minor tears.
Good (G) A Good book is an average, used, worn book with all pages present and readable.
Fair (FR) A Fair book is very worn. It may be missing end papers, the half-title page, or other piece, but has complete text.
Poor (P) A book in Poor condition only has merit as a reading copy. The text is complete and legible. It may be soiled or scuffed, with loose hinges or pages.