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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published in 1960 by J. B. Lippincott in Philadelphia in Hardcover. It was Lee’s first and only book (until 2015, when Go Set a Watchman was published) and was instantly acclaimed, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 1960. There is some controversy [...]

Where and How to Buy First Edition Books

The place that has the biggest selection, good prices and best search is Abebooks. First of all I go to Abebooks Advanced Search and enter the title, the last name of the author, and sometimes the publisher into their respective fields in the search, then I click the checkboxes labeled “First Edition” and “Dust Jacket”. [...]

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The first edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was published in 1957 by Random House in New York. It was published in green cloth with a colorful dust jacket which was priced at $6.95. First Edition Points: “First Printing” stated on copyright page 10/57 code on bottom of front dust jacket flap Publisher’s name [...]

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The first edition of East of Eden by John Steinbeck was published in 1952 by The Viking Press in New York. First Edition Points: Published by The Viking Press “First published by the Viking Press in September 1952″ stated on copyright page with no mention of later printings. Photo of Steinbeck on the rear panel [...]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The first edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. Often said to be the greatest American novel of the 20th century. First Edition Points: Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons Date on 1925 on title page Scribner seal on copyright page On page [...]

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The first edition of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published in 1936 by The Macmillan Company in New York. It consisted of only about 5000 copies. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the next year. It went on to at least 100 more printings and is one of the bestsellers of [...]

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The first edition of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1952 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. Though after it was published it was received with several awards, including the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, it was not printed in as [...]

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The first edition of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published in 1939 by The Viking Press in New York. It was published to instant acclaim, is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and remains one of the great highspots in literature. First Edition Points: Published by Viking Press “FIRST PUBLISHED IN APRIL 1939″ on [...]

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace

The first edition of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace was published in 1880 by Harper & Brothers in New York. It was published in blue cloth. It was later made into the 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston. First Edition Points: Published by Harper & Brothers Date of 1880 on the title [...]

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The first edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1940 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. It was one of Hemingway’s more successful books and had a large printing run of over 100,000 copies. However it can be a bit hard to find a Fine copy. It was [...]

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