“OK, on your next blog, you need to let Kristin know how you know if a book is 1st edition. It’s been killing her ever since you mentioned it 2 weeks ago!” – Will
Yes Will, I’ll do just that.
How to Identify a First Edition Book:
Simply put a ‘First Edition’ book is the first ever print of a book (after the book proof/advance copy).
“The precise meaning of a first edition differs significantly in the fields of bibliography and book collecting. Book collectors generally use the term to mean the first printing of the first edition (“first edition, first impression”, in the United Kingdom). Post World War II books often include a number line or printers key that indicates the printing.” – Wikipedia
Here in the US if the book was first printed overseas you’ll find it to state “First U.S. Edition” or something similar.
WHERE to find it:
You know all that fine print on the back of the title page. TADA! You can find all kinds of info on there. One of the things you can find is the printing info. Here are some pictures to help you all out! There are some other more detailed ways of checking to see if a book is first edition. But this is a BASIC way to find out.
Here are four basic examples:
Now have a lot of crazy fun digging through your books finding your first editions. When I worked in North Carolina at the Library we had a guy that would go around to all the library’s and steal the first editions off the shelves. So sad. Many he took had no real value.