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Dear John:

I was wondering if the book was just signed or addressed to someone. I was also wondering about the description "remainder marked".

Stephanie F.

John Replies:

Dear Stephanie:

The signature is without inscription. A remainder mark is just that - a mark to the page edges of a book. It is an indication of where the book is in the publishing "production cycle." Long story short - booksellers receive books for the publisher but are able to return then if they go unsold. To keep track of those that have "left the building" the publishers mark the books that have been returned. Usually it is a small, black slash. Sometimes it is a stamp (like the Simon & Schuster "running man".)


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