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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Feb 16, 1999 12:00 am

what is the origin of this expression as applied to books
Submitted by Galia Kut (Jerusalem - Israel)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Thu Feb 18, 1999 8:00 am

The term is first cited in 1889 and seems to have been a US coinage.
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