Dust Jacket (dj)

A removable paper wrapper that encloses a book to protect it from dirt. Dust jackets date from the early 19th century, but they came into more common use in the early 20th century as a means to advertise the book to potential buyers. Dust jackets issued before about 1920, if survived, would have probably done so by accident rather than design, and books that bear them might have several times the value of a book from the same edition but without the dj. Also known as dust wrapper or book jacket.

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