The book came as brand new, untouched. the images and the colours are very good and I love that is so practical for consulting meanings on imagery, the saints, their characteristics, the symbols, the themes in Byzantine Art and a short explanation of what is happening in an image. Books that have full story, a History book, have much more information, usually it's more generalized and after reading it you don't really know how to locate what you just learned in an object when seeing it live. Tis type of book is shorter but more precise and clear, it goes straight to the subject. I'm very happy with it.