Mr. Zipper wrote:
The ink is distributor overspray, which should not affect the grade at that level. Distributors marked their books with what I assume was spray paint to avoid getting returns from another distributors books. Usually you just see it on the edge of te bottom or top.
It also appears to have a bad cut. I can't imagine why someone would so drastically "trim" this book, so I presume it was just a nasty miscut at he printer.
I wasn't sure if that was distributor overspray or not. I don't think I have ever seen a book with DO on both sides like that one has. I could be (and probably am) wrong though.
I agree with the bad cut. I think it was a manufacturing error as well. If it was a trim job, it was horribly done!
As for the grade, it could be better than I first mentioned but bigger scans of the covers would be needed. It still looks like a really nice book.