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rare book

a book that is distinguished by its early printing date, its limited issue, the special character of the edition or binding, or its historical interest.
Origin of rare book
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is quite apparent that a rare book for which there is no demand can have no value.

  • Perhaps even the book you mentioned, that rare book of Aristotle.

  • John was in love with her as he would have been in love with a new tea urn or a rare book.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • A rare book for its style, its theme and the richness of its insight.

    On the Trail of The Immigrant Edward A. Steiner
  • If his Autobiography were not a rare book, an explanation might suggest itself.

    The Entail

    John Galt
  • This rare book forms the first volume of the “Athen Britannic.”

  • I told you I had discovered a rare book—an awful and compelling book.

    The Homicidal Diary Earl Peirce
Contemporary definitions for rare book

any book that is hard to find due to its early printing date, limited issue, special character of an edition or binding, or its historical interest's 21st Century Lexicon
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