Author: Jean McKenna

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. I have a 1905 copy of BLACK BEAUTY with a nicely illustrated cover. I think I see the initials “DD” intertwined near lover edge. Is this the mark of a book illustrator I should know about? A. The intertwined…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. Would a member be kind enough to explain to me what a “Fourth Printing Before Publication” means (as noted in a copy of Andersonville). A. The publisher did a first printing of xx copies, for a book which was…

IOBA Q & A Column

We are starting a new feature in this issue — a book related, hopefully educational, Question and Answer column. We will publish three Questions and answers in each issue. Your questions are welcome, and can be directed to: Jean McKenna,…

The Pros and Cons of Using Abbreviations

Standard abbreviations have always been used by booksellers to describe out-of-print books. The question is, do we continue using the same standard abbreviations on the internet? The internet has certainly changed the way we do business, and as the internet…