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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. 2015.
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  • On the other hand, if you lose a rare book, it's gone.
  • The quaint streets are lined with upscale shops, cozy eateries and rare book dealers.
  • Scholars can examine the book by jumping through all of the standard hoops necessary to access the rare book collection.
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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