Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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first edition

The entire number of copies of a book or other publication printed from the same setting of type. The books may be printed at any time. A new edition does not come into being until there have been substantial changes in the type, i.e., a corrected edition, additions to the text (which is a revised edition), or until the type has been reset, which would be a new edition, 2nd edition, etc. (69 , 156 )




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