TERMINOLOGY CONFUSION FOR RARE FIRST EDITIONS

There can be a lot of confusion when reading descriptions of rare books. When confronted with terms like first edition or third impression, the meaning isn’t always clear. Here is a very brief breakdown of some of the most common terms you will come across. Edition – An edition encompasses all of the copies of a book that are printed at any time from one particular set of type without substantial changes to the text or layout of the pages. Impression – An impression encompasses all of the copies of a book that are printed at one time or during one press run. Prior to 1750 -the period of the handpress with movable type- a printer removed the type from the press as soon as a set number of copi