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An edition which is limited to a specific number of copies, usually numbered consecutively and sold at a higher price than the normal trade edition. The number of copies is usually about 200 to 500, and seldom more than 1500. Each copy bears a certificate, usually found on the leaf facing the title page, indicating the total size of the edition and the specific copy number. Individual copies may be signed by the author. A limited edition may be issued in addition to a regular edition, but printed on better paper and bound with finer materials.
See also: deluxe edition and special edition.