Antique Maps and Atlases LLC

Uniform Rating System for Works on Paper

We feel that a clearly defined Uniform Rating System is required to insure that every customer will know what to expect when they view their purchase for the first time. As we all realize, works on paper can be many centuries old, hand-written or printed by a variety of techniques (quill pen, letter press, hand press, woodblock, silk screen, lithography, etc.) on a variety of materials (vellum, parchment, hand-laid cotton fiber paper, silk, wood pulp based paper, etc.)  

Although we guarantee that each item we sell is original and authentic, please keep in mind that nothing can be expected to be in perfect condition after up to 600 years of enduring sunlight, water, war, heavy usage as well as everyday wear and tear! As a result, minor flaws such as tiny ink spots, printer’s creases, binding trim and numbering errors, etc. are not considered imperfections. Use the Contact Us page at any time.

We wish to acknowledge Old World Auctions for inputs towards building our Uniform Rating System.

BOOK & ATLAS UNIFORM RATING SYSTEM

MAP, ATLAS MAPS & GRAPHICS UNIFORM RATING SYSTEM

A+        Fine condition. No clear imperfections to image or margins. Any minor restoration done professionally.

A         Near fine condition. No clear imperfections to image. Margins may have small tears, short fold separations or small stains. Any minor restoration done professionally.

B+        Very good condition. Unobtrusive imperfections to image or margins such as light toning, offsetting, soil, and very limited damp stains or foxing. Margins may have small tears and short fold separations. Any minor restoration done professionally.

B          Good condition. No significant imperfections with sound or archivally reinforced paper. Image and/or margins may have worm holes,  uneven toning, offsetting, soil, and very limited damp stains or foxing as well as small tears and short fold separations. Any minor restoration done professionally.

C+        Satisfactory condition. Noticeable imperfections such as paper weakness, trimmed margins, weak ink coverage, worm holes,  uneven toning, offsetting, soil, and some damp stains or foxing as well as small tears and short fold separations which may affect image. Restoration done with archival/removable materials.

C          Fair condition. Imperfections require professional repair. Possible trimmed margins affecting borders or neat line. Longer fold separations could be easily repaired. May have repairs using unknown materials.

D         Poor condition. Extensive imperfections require professional repair and/or cleaning. Paper brittle or highly acid. Partially missing image. Poorly made repairs may require professional repair.