Book Grading Definitions


An explanation of our grading categories is given below. Any significant defects will be clearly stated in our listing for each book.

Our descriptions are backed by a full refund policy (including delivery and return charges). If you feel your book is not as described please email us within fourteen days of receipt of your order.

Digital Photographs: Whilst every effort is made to achieve an accurate representation of our books some colours are difficult to reproduce and blemishes may not be clearly visible.  Please refer to our detailed description for full details of colours and any significant blemishes. 

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Somer Books - Definition Of Book Conditions


The book and dust jacket appear to be in "as new" condition.

However closer examination may show subtle evidence of ownership and storage (e.g. very faint scuffs on the dust jacket where it has rubbed against other books or been carefully handled).

The book will appear to be unread.

Very Good:

The book (and dust jacket if present) has been carefully handled but looks almost new.

There may be very light shelf wear (e.g. slight dust jacket creasing at the edges due to handling), a neat bookplate, inscription or a lightly pencilled bookseller's notation may also exist. There may be evidence of very light foxing and / or age browning to the paper. 

This classification may also be applied to older books that are in a significantly "above average" condition for their age.


The book (and dust jacket if present) is in an "average" condition for its age.  

It is clean and tidy but may display light to moderate board wear, soiling and corner / spine bumping.  It displays clear evidence of having been read (possibly including some occasional annotations, inscriptions and bookseller's notations), there may be light to moderate internal foxing, browning and / or soiling - especially to the endpapers and preliminary pages.  There may be some hinge weakening and / or internal separation but all pages and illustrations will be present. 

The dust jacket may display light to moderate edge wear and rubbing possibly including some chipping to the edges and flaps with minor loss; the jacket may be price clipped.


The book (and dust jacket if present) is in a "below average" condition for its age.

It is still substantially intact but is obviously heavily read with significant external wear and / or soiling.  The endpaper hinges may have cracked significantly and there may be some moderate to significant internal separation, a number of pages may have come loose. There may be heavy internal foxing, browning and / or soiling (possibly accompanied by some annotations). 

There may be moderate tearing and / or chipping to the dust jacket with accompanying loss. The dust jacket may be price clipped.


The book (and dust jacket if present) is only acceptable as a stop-gap library addition, it is obviously very heavily used and is in a generally distressed condition.

There will be significant to heavy general wear / soiling possibly accompanied by significant internal wear and separation, sections of the book may be detached.