I want my buyers to know exactly what they're getting, and to be happy with what they receive. Since some of the books in my lists are described as "marked / underlined," I thought it best to provide detailed explanations and photographs of just how much marking-up each book may have.
If a book has marks/underlining in only one place, such as a single chapter, and the rest of the book is clean and unmarked, I will say so. If a book has underlining on only a handful of scattered pages -- roughly 10 individual pages in a book of 150 or so pages -- I will say so.
A book described as "like new" may have the owner's name and/or other brief writing, embossing, stamps, etc., inscribed on the flyleaf, though it will have no markings within the text. A book described as "new" will be 100% clean and unmarked. If you need an absolutely unmarked, new-looking book (such as for a gift) and you are in any doubt about the book's condition or about the presence of writing on the flyleaf, please contact me with questions.
"Light markings" generally means some marks such as checks or asterisks in the margins, which do not interfere with text; ideally these markings are on no more than 50% of the book's total pages.
"Light underlining" generally means a few lines of underlining on a page, no more than one short paragraph, and ideally on no more than 30% of the book's total pages.
"Moderate markings/underlining" generally means two or three paragraphs' worth of underlining on a page, and on no more than 50% of the book's total pages.
"Moderate markings/underlining" (absolutely no more than this on a page spread; preferably less than this)
"Extensive markings/underlining throughout" means several paragraphs' worth of underlining on a page, probably with other markings as well (such as the circles in the photo above) and on more than 50% of the book's total pages.
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