Loganberry Books began as a used and rare bookshop, and that is still a core part of our business. 

Historically we have had strong collections of collectible children's and illustrated books, along with women's history & literature, leatherbound (singles and sets), and modern first editions.

  • A small selection of our collectible book inventory is posted on our Loganberry Online Store, but we have much, much more in the shop. We invite you to come browse or to contact us for more information.
  • We specialize in out-of-print and used book searches, and would be happy to help you find what you are looking for. Call us at 216-795-9800 or email us at [email protected].
  • We actively buy first editions, leatherbound, collectible and rare books, and even some ephemera. Please see the Sell Your Books page for more information.

Below is reference information on the vocabulary of used and vintage books and some of the important names in collectible children's books. 

If you are particularly interested in collectible books, you might like NOBS: The Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society.

Book Condition Vocabulary

There is a basic condition vocabulary and rating system amongst book dealers for describing books, so we can communicate with each other. It works pretty well. The condition grades that Loganberry uses are adapted from the esteemed AB Bookman standards. We do not use supercilious grades like "mint" (books are not coins) or "Near Fine" (it either is or it isn't). We do use plus and minus signs (+/-) though, just like in high school. We tend to overdescribe flaws and undervalue the condition grade so that the book looks better than you expected it would.

These are used books though, and everything is subjective. On out-of-print book searches we must often rely on someone else's description of the book, and they may or may not be as serious about these condition grades as we are. Usually they are. If, however, you receive a book from Loganberry (whether it's a book search or not) and you think the book is not as it was described, you may return it within ten days for a full refund, less shipping. Advance notice of your intent is appreciated.

Questions about the particular condition of a book quoted for sale are always welcomed.

Condition Grades

As New

As New describes a book that is in immaculate, crisp condition with a perfect dust jacket. We generally use this term only to describe new books (and, frankly, some new books are no longer in As New condition by the time they get shipped out) or to describe books so pristine that the spine hasn't even been cracked. We don't believe this term can be used to describe a book older than 15 years because the very feel of the book will tell you it's old, even if it's in perfect condition and no one has ever opened it.


Fine describes a book that approaches being As New, without the crispness. There can be no visible defects, and the book is clean and bright, and its dustjacket without any rips or stains.


Very Good describes a book that is clean and bright but which may show subtle signs of its age, such as very minor knicks or scratches. Any defects are noted.


Good describes an average used book that shows some wear and perhaps small tears but whose interior is clean. Any other defects are noted.


Poor describes a book that has all its pages intact but which was obviously well loved and well read in its past life. We try not to carry any of these, but occassionally hard-to-find out-of-print books are hard to come by in any other form (at least at a reasonable cost). We sometimes refer to books in this condition as Reading Copies.


Ex-Library (Ex-Lib, XLib) describes a book that once belonged to a public or institutional library (and has been deaccessioned). Usually these books show some markings on the title and copyright page, as well as the endpapers. We spend a lot of time cleaning up ex-library books to remove the worst of these sins: rear pockets, stickers, dirty dust jacket covers, etc. If we state that a book shows "usual marks" then several marks are present, but you'd be surprised how clean some library books can be (at least after we work on them some). We will likewise remark on that. All ex-library books are so noted, along with a condition grade. There is no such thing as an ex-library book in As New condition, but many are Very Good, and sometimes the dust jackets (in new plastic protectors) are beautiful.

We grade the condition of the book and its dust jacket separately; the first grade refers to the book, the second to the dust jacket (DJ).

For example:
F/F refers to a book in Fine condition with Fine DJ
VG/G- refers to a book in Very Good condition with a less than Good DJ
VG+ refers to a book in better than Very Good condition but with no DJ

Collectible Children's Books

The following are links to old pages about particularly collectible children's book authors & illustrators. These are provided for reference purposes only, and are not actively updated. We are working to create more current pages about our collectible books. In the meantime, enjoy browsing these pictures and descriptions, and contact us for more information on buying and selling collectible books at Loganberry.


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