Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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edition deluxe

1. A "special" edition of work containing items not found in ordinary editions of the same work, such as additional plates (See: EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ), a larger sheet size (See: LARGE PAPER COPY ), etc. 2. A so-called superior edition of a work, characterized by a better grade of paper (sometimes handmade), superior typography, a greater or lesser degree of embellishment, sometimes a better quality of binding, and perhaps a limited number of copies (which are sometimes signed and numbered). The "edition deluxe" is as old as printing itself. In the 15th century a certain number of copies of any high quality book would usually be printed on vellum, or colored paper, such as the blue paper copies of Aldus Manutius, and "fine paper" copies, at an elevated price, were common in the 17th and 18th centuries, while large paper copies have been issued for the past three centuries. Although not necessarily considered "edition deluxe," many thousands of books have been specially (and often elaborately) bound for private collectors. 3. A cheap edition called "deluxe" or "deluxe edition," by a publisher for promotional reasons. (69 , 94 , 156 )

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