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The "Notes & Condition" field includes up to four parts for each print, used as needed:
For example, an entry might read: "Near fine. Loose; bio. Minor crease. Mattable." An explanation of each part is given below.
Each print has been be reviewed for overall appearance, cleanliness,
soundness and paper quality. They are described as:
Fine - a bright, clean, crisp sheet; possibly with only slight imperfections (described if present). [N.B. A few prints, matted and shrink-wrapped prior to the development of this list, may have minor undescribed flaws not affecting the image or exposed borders.]
Near fine - A bit less crisp, and with some minor flaws, such as short edge tears, corner creases, or faint foxing; image not affected unless specifically noted (details provided).
Very good - Paper may be tired or edge-worn; may have closed tears, surface soiling, margin creasing, or foxing; image may be slightly affected (details provided).
Good - Image intact, but may be affected by tears, soiling, creasing, or foxing (details provided).
Most prints are in stock as loose sheets, disbound from either the Vanity
Fair weekly magazine or from the annual Vanity Fair albums - as a result, they
sometimes have one uneven edge where they were sewn or glued into the binding.
Some have been matted and shrink wrapped for ease of display; a few are framed,
using print-friendly materials and techniques. Each print will be listed
as Loose or Matted.
Many brief but specific terms are used to describe the prints. Yet, with the
limited space available, some details, such as writing on the rear, will be
glossed over if it does not affect the print page. Flaws affecting the image
itself will be specified. Please ask for further
information if you have any questions about the description, the print, or the
A Tear is closed unless otherwise specified. Wear refers to more extensive damage in a given area, and Chip to a very small piece lacking from the edge; larger ones are listed as Piece lacking.
Folds inevitably affect the image. They are vertical, horizontal, or cross (folded both ways). Creases tend to be lighter and rarely interfere with the image.
Unless otherwise specified or localized, Dusty describes dust that affects the overall page; similarly, Soiled is used for actual grime. Age-toning is the usual, even tanning of older paper. Foxing refers to pale brown spots on the the paper, the result of the paper's interaction with its surrounding environment; spotting, on the other hand, is surface marking caused by outside sources. Prints that show a shadow of the text from a facing page will be described as Offset.
Some prints have previously been mounted in albums, in frames, or on mattes. Those that show evidence of such will be listed as having Mounting marks (marks of glue or paper residue on rear, not visible on front) or Tape stains (marks, usually less than 1/2" along part of the top edge, bleeding through to the front of the paper, due to poor quality mounting tape).
Faults can be modified by Faint, Minor or Light, reflecting the overall impression made by the print sheet. They can involve the edge (affecting ca. 1/8" to 1/4" at the edge of the sheet), the margin (extending further into the white border), the background (the ground of the image, not affecting the figure itself), or be overall.
Is this print framable? If listed as fine, unconditionally, yes. Otherwise,
a Mattable print is suitable for matting and framing, with enough margin to
show the title at the top, the caption at the bottom, and balanced edges on
the sides (see sample at right). Mattable prints will be attractive
when displayed; named edge tears, margin creases, etc. will be obscured by the
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