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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
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It would be difficult to foretell what would happen to a man who should propose to borrow a rare book.

  • It is quite apparent that a rare book for which there is no demand can have no value.

  • The publication, a rare book, was available in only a few collectors' libraries or public institutions in the United States.

  • 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
  • If he bought a rare book, a special Japanese colour-print, any desirable thing—he generally gave it away to some one at once.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • 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
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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