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Thu Aug 17 22:24:25 EDT 2006

And First Thus ain't a First Edition anyway.

-Michael Watson

At 10:08 PM 8/17/2006, you wrote:

>"NAP" stands for "no additional printings," and is used in (for one 
>example) McBride's pocket guide to publisher's practices in denoting 
>first editions. It has a pretty narrow application in this regard, 
>so lends itself to rampant misuse. It can also be used to describe a 
>short sleeping period, one of which I'm going to treat myself to right now ...
>All best,
>Bob Riedel
>In a message dated 8/17/2006 9:43:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
>jwol at writes:
>>I asked a dealer on eBay what criteria they used to determine the book they
>>are offering is a First Edition.  It is an illustrated Pickwick Papers in
>>slipcase.  They referred me to a book on ABE which used this terminology:
>>First edition thus (NAP)
>>Can anyone explain what the NAP is?  And just what they mean?
>>John Wolansky

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