First editions a guide to identification

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Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions by Bill McBride


There is nothing more aggravating to a book collector to find out that the First Edition they bought is in fact not a First Edition. Various publishers pay varying degrees of attention to identification of their First Editions and some are very laid back about it.

As there is no Industry Standard (hint, hint, BIG hint to Publishers) each has chosen different methods. Add to this the fact the various Book Club Editions sometimes use the First Edition imprints without removing the reference to First Edition and all bets are off. This leaves book collectors in a quandary as to the pedigree of their beloved First Editions.

What Bill McBride has attempted to do in this handy guide is first define what a First Edition is, and more importantly what it is not. Second and also of importance he has extensively investigated various Publishers and denoted how they treat the First Edition issue.

Much expanded from the last version issued in 2002, the 2012 issue lists 5,835 past and present English language publishers and the methods they use to identify First Editions.

As this is truly a pocket guide you can take it with you.

A great resource tool for book collectors. Recommended.

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Guide to Collecting Rare Books : How to Identify First Editions of Books

In the case of titles published before , the key to first-edition identification is often the date on the title page. The vast majority of first editions published before had the year of publication on the title page this is true for fiction and nonfiction titles. The presence of a date on the title page alone may identify books published prior to the mids as first editions.
Bill McBride

First Editions: A Guide to Identification

Like many things in publishing, what denotes a first edition can be complex and dependent on the whims of individual publishing houses. But there are a few very basic rules that can be helpful—and keep in mind these are for the person who has never examined a copyright page and is new to analyzing what editions they have. So, if the publisher prints 5, copies of a book, they all sell, and the publisher goes back to print more of the same version of the book? That is a second printing, first edition. If the publisher sells out of the first run and goes back for another printing, that second printing is not considered a true first edition, even if the copyright page says it is. Exhibit A, the copyright page of my first edition of The Secret History. Check the title page for a publication date and compare it to the date on the copyright page.

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Published by McBride, Hartford Seller Rating:. About this Item: McBride, Hartford, Trade Paperback. Condition: Fine. Seventh Edition.

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Published by Spoon River Press Seller Rating:. About this Item: Spoon River Press, Condition: Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.


3 thoughts on “Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions by Bill McBride

  1. This 4th edition of FIRST EDITIONS is a valuable inventory of the statements of over 4, publishers and publishers' imprints regarding their methods of.

  2. Book collectors seek first editions, but many publishers provide little assistance in this quest. Even when they do designate edition and/or printing, they do not all.

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