Free Library of Philadelphia Shop

New: Same condition in which the book was published, including dust jacket, when a dust jacket was issued.

Fine:  Approaches the condition of a new book. Fine books should be completely without defects, although depending on how old they are, these books may show some slight signs of age.

Very Good:  Describes a book that shows some small signs of wear—but no tears—on either binding or paper.

Good:  Describes the average worn used book that has all pages or leaves present.

Fair:  The condition of a worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, et cetera -- which should be noted in the book's description. Binding and jacket (if any) may also be worn.

Poor:  Describes a book that is so worn that its only merit is as a reading copy, because it does have the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates should still be noted in the book's description. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, and so on.


The FLP Library Shop offers charming literary gifts for any occasion, including signed books, mugs, tote bags, stationery, and more—many featuring designs inspired by Library’s own special collections.

Proceeds from shop sales benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia—advancing literacy, guiding learning, and inspiring curiosity every day!

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