General Information On Grading and ConditionVery Fine (VF)
highest grade given to any copy, very fine is a term that describes a
crisp fresh copy and it admits no flaws. "As New" is considered a term
with the exact same meaning as "Very Fine"--even though "Very Fine" is
the general acceptable term according to the "First's Magazine" Quick
A copy that is without
visible flaws, but one that may lack the pristine crispness of a very
fine copy. A book that is graded "fine" has had excellent and loving
care. Any minor blemish in the book or the dust wrapper must be noted
in the description.
Very Good (VG)
The most common
grade given to a collectible copy, very good means exactly what it
says. A very good copy is no longer fresh; it has been handled and
shows some signs of wear, but it is still sound and appealing. Flaws
such as ownership signatures, bookplates and remainder marks will be
noted in the description, along with rubbing, chips and tears, and
price-clipping in dust wrappers.
Note: The term "Near Fine" is used when a book is the nearest to being "Fine". The book may have just one small condition (that should always be noted)-and still lists out higher than a "Very Good" copy. Some booksellers consider a book that has been price clipped--with no other condition issues--to be "Near Fine". In all cases, all condition issues must be noted in the description of the book--unless the book is graded out as "Very Fine" or "As New".