The first edition of Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908 by L. C. Page & Company in Boston. It was L. M. Montgomery’s first book and the first printing had a very small print run, making it one of the rarest Children’s Books and one of the most expensive.
It was published in green cloth, lettered in gilt (gold) with a pictorial pasteon on front cover.
It was most likely issued with a dust jacket but no copy is extant with a dust jacket. If one turned up it should worth at least $100,000.
First Edition Points:
- Published by L. C. Page
- date MDCCCCVIII is on the title page
- copyright page states “First Impression, April, 1908”
- no later impressions (printings) mentioned on copyright page
There is also a variant with no printings stated on the copyright page and without the date MDCCCCVIII on the title page. It is unclear what this variant actually is but it is most probably an later printing that the publisher forgot to include the printing information.
In Very Good condition you can usually find a copy or two for between $17,500 and $25,000.
Virtually impossible to find in Fine condition but if you can find one expect the price to be between $30,000 and $40,000.
Early Printings sell for between $100 and $750, depending on how early and condition, perhaps a bit more for a nice Second Impression.
Blanck, Jacob. Peter Parley to Penrod. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1956. (page 124)