abridgment, abridgement a shortened or condensed form of a book, article, etc. addendum a supplement or appendix added to a book or other written work. adversaria 1. a commonplace book. 2. a miscellany, in published or other collected form. bibliogenesis bibliogony. —bibliogenetic, adj. bibliognost a person who possesses an encyclopedie knowledge of books and bibliography. —bibliognostic, adj. bibliogony the making of books; book production. Also bibliogenesis. bibliography 1. the science that studies the history of books, noting their physical description, publication, and editions. 2. a list of books on a particular subject or by a particular author. 3. a list of source materials used or consulted in the preparation of a work or referred to in the text. —bibliographer, n. —bibliographic, bibliographical, adj. bibliokleptomania an abnormal compulsion to steal books. Cf. bibliomania. —biblioklept, n. bibliolater a person who is excessively fond of books. See also bible. bibliolatry the worship of books, especially the Bible. bibliology 1. the history of books; bibliography. 2. the study of the doctrines of the Bible. —bibliologist, n. bibliomancy a form of divination using books, especially the Bible, in which passages are chosen at random and the future foretold from them. bibliomania an excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books. —bibliomaniac, n. —bibliomaniacal, adj. bibliopegy the art of binding books. —bibliopegist, n. —bibliopegic. adj. bibliophage a bookworm (literally, ’bookeater’). —bibliophagy, n. —bibliophagous, adj. bibliophilism, bibliophily a love for books, especially for first or fine editions. —bibliophile, bibliophilist, n. —bibliophilic, adj. bibliophobe a person who fears and distrusts books. bibliophobia an abnormal dislike for books. bibliopolism, bibliopoly the selling of books, especially rare or secondhand volumes. —bibliopole, bibliopolist, n. —bibliopolic, adj. bibliotaphy the hoarding or hiding of books, often under lock and key. —bibliotaph. n. —bibliotaphic, adj. bibliothecary a librarian. bibliotherapy the therapeutic use of reading material in the treatment of nervous diseases. —bibliotherapist, n. —bibliotherapeutic, adj. breviary Catholicism. a book containing the prayers, lessons, etc., needed by a priest for the reading of his daily office. chartulary, cartulary 1. a book containing charters. 2. the official in charge of such a book. collectanea a miscellany of passages from an author or authors, sometimes assembled for teaching purposes. colophon 1. an inscription, formerly at the end of a book but now usually on the title page, with information about the book’s publication and production. 2. an ornamental device or printer’s or publisher’s trademark. cyclopedia, cyclopaedia encyclopedia. —cyclopedist, cyclopaedist, n. —cyclopedic, cyclopaedic, adj. delectus a book of passages from Greek and Latin authors, used for study. desiderata a list of books sought by a collector or library. diaskeuasis the process of revision or editing books or other written material. —diaskeuast, n. doublure the lining of the covers of a book, often decorated, as with marbled papers, gold tooiing at the edges, etc. emargination the state of being notched at the edge or the process of notching at the edge, as some leaves or the page of a book, particularly a reference work with thumbindexing. enchiridion a handbook or manual. encyclopedia, encyclopaedia a book or set of books containing detailed knowledge and information about a variety of fxelds or subfields; an exhaustive work of learning 01 knowledge. Also called cyclopedia, cyclopaedia. —encyclopedist, encyclopaedist, n. —encyclopedie, encyclopaedic, encyclopedical, encyclopaedical, adj. etymologicon a book of etymologies; any treatise on the derivation of words. exordium the beginning or introductory part of a book or other printed work, or of a discourse. fascicle an installment of a book or journal that is published in parts. foliation the numbering of leaves in a book, rather than pages. formulary any book of prescribed forms, as prayers, oaths, etc. See also drugs. grangerism 1. the augmentation of the illustrative material in a book by prints, sketches, and engravings not found in the original edition. 2. the mutilation of books to acquire extra illustrative materials. —grangerize, v. incunabulum any of the rare, early examples of movabletype editions printed in the last part of the 15th century, as Caxton’s editions of Chaucer and Malory. —incunabula, n. pl. —incunabulist, n. —incunabular, adj. limner Archaic. a book illustrator or one who illuminates manuscripts. marginalia notes written in the margins of a book, as by a student. miscellanea, miscellany a varied collection, particularly a collection of literary works, extracts, fragments, etc., in book form. —miscellaneous, adj. monograph a book, treatise, or other written work of a scholarly nature dealing with one specific subject. Also, Rare. monography. —monographer, n. —monographic, monographical, adj. nomenclator Obsolete, a list or glossary, arranged alphabetically, of the terms or words particular to any art or science or other special field or subject. Also nomenclature. See also classification; names. pagination 1. the process of numbering the pages of a book. 2. the number and arrangement of pages, as might be noted in a bookseller’s catalogue. palimpsest a piece of parchment or vellum from which earlier writing has been erased or scraped off to allow for reuse. —palimpsestic, adj. paralipomena a supplement to a book or other work containing material previously omitted. peerage a list or directory of peers, usually with genealogies, as Burke’s Peerage. philobiblist a lover of books; bibliophile. photobibliography the use of photography as an aid to book description. polyglot a book written in several languages. See also language. —polyglot, polyglottic, polyglottous, adj. proem a preface, preamble, or brief introduction, as to a book or other work. prolegomenon a preliminary rem ark or introduction, as to a speech; the foreword to a book or treatise. —prolegomenary, prolegomenous, adj. redaction. 1. the preparation of a work for publication, as by editing or revising. 2. a work so treated, an edited version. —redactor, n. —redactorial, adj. rubric in the early days of printing, a capital letter, group of words, etc., printed in red or in decorative lettering; hence, a heading, title, or subtitle in a book or other printed work. —rubric, adj. —rubricator, n. scholium a marginal note or comment, especially in an appendix, providing explanation of a Greek or Latin text. Also scholy. —scholiast, n. variorum a work containing all available versions and variants of a text to enable scholars to compare them and study the development of the work. —variorum, adj.
- plural form of book
- (plural only, accounting) Accounting records.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of book