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Somer Books & Collectables - Book Grading Definitions

An explanation of our grading categories is given below. Any significant defects will be clearly stated in our eBay 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 contact us via eBay Messaging within thirty days of receipt. Please click the following link for full details of our trading policies - eBay Trading Policies

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 book description for full details of colours and any significant blemishes. 

If you would like to see our original high resolution photographs or have any questions please contact us using the "Ask A Question" link at the bottom of our listing.


The book and dust jacket are in excellent 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). There may be a small, neat inscription.

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 toning 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, toning and / or soiling - especially to endpapers and the adjoining front and rear preliminary pages.  There may be some hinge weakening and / or internal separation but all pages and illustrations will be present and still firmly attached. 

The dust jacket may display light to moderate edge wear and rubbing possibly including some chipping to the edges and fold-ins 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 foxing, toning and / or soiling internally (possibly accompanied by some internal annotations). 

There may be moderate tearing and / or chipping to the dust jacket with some 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 may be significant soiling and wear both externally and internally with significant creasing and possible tearing and separation of boards and / or pages, sections of the book may be loose or even missing.