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Book Grading.

This is how we grade our books:


Like all booksellers, we use a book grading shorthand Fine/Very good/good/ etc; Unfortunately no two dealers have the same idea of the meanings of these gradings, so they are of little use beyond a rough initial indication of the book's condition.

Beside giving a separate grading to each book and Dust Jacket, we also try to give a sufficiently full description of the items to make the condition as clear as possible.

The grades which we use are:

Fine: The highest grade which we use. Looks and feels in every way like a new book. We very rarely ever use this designation, in fact, since even brand new unused books will always exhibit some tiny flaw if you look close enough.

Near Fine: Our highest common grading. Looks like a new book, but a good look tells you that it isn't quite virginal enough to be new.

Very Good: A very broad grade, unfortunately, and more or less useless because of this. At the top of this band we have books which are entirely unworn, but the page edges have started to yellow a little, so the book can't be called near fine. At the bottom limit of this grade we have books which are clearly used and lightly worn, but still clean, tight, competent copies.

Good: Good means 'not too hot'. A 'good' book may be well worn, dusty, rather tired, but still in one piece and perfectly useable. 'Good' DJs will be in one piece but may have a number of closed tears, small chips, rubbing, etc.

Reading Copy: This is our lowest grade, and signifies a book which is suitable for reading the text but no more. It may have loose covers, missing endpapers, excessive inscriptions or other marks, but at heart the text block is intact and useable. We only list reading copies when better condition examples of this book are expensive or scarce.

Ex-library copies: Since we sell mainly non-fiction, many buyers are perfectly happy with ex-library books, so we grade the book as above, always clearly stating that the book is ex-library. The majority of our ex-library books are in fact ex-university or college and  have been little or never used, and would otherwise often grade in the upper levels of 'very good' or 'near fine'.

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Methods of payment are Paypal and Credit/Debit Cards (Via  Paypal),

or by cheque (UK only) made payable to Mollie's Loft Books.


     To pay by Paypal, Credit or Debit card, simply  follow through the checkout procedure where you will be offered the choice of method.

 YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT  to use your credit or debit card to pay through Paypal - just follow the directions carefully.

If you have any difficulty following the directions, please email me at 


and I will talk you through them.


                                ##### All books are post-free to UK addresses ###### 

Airmal to European destinations is GBP 9:00

Airmail to the rest of the world is GBP 14:00

email me for a price for multi-book shipments....I will keep the cost to a minimum.


 All books shipped outside the UK are via airmail, without exception. 

Delivery times to Europe are typically 3 to 7 days,Worldwide typically 7 to 14 days.

Delays due to customs holdups etc do unfortunately occur, and these have to be allowed for in addition.

Note that any Customs charges or import duties levied by your country are your responsibility.


Mollie's Loft Books


31 Cilmaengwyn, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4QL, UK.

Tel +44 (0) 1792 863556

Mobile 07790 460449

Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to info@molliesloft.com
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