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Created by Melinda Hayes, Rare Books Librarian, Special Collections
While subject headings describe what a book is about, genre terms describe what a book is.
A chapbook, titled The most famous history of the learned fryer Bacon ([London]: printed for B. Deacon, between 1682 and 1701)
There are several types of genre terms to describe types of early printed books. Special Collections uses vocabulary from the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Genre Terms.
Term types include:
Search terms within each type used at USC can be found in the box to the left.
Follow the links to find books using the terms below. Click on the "Examples" link to see visual examples of each term. The term "Illustrated works" can also be used.
Conditions of publication
Content of work
Purpose of work
Versions of works