A Book Question

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  • 18 Mar 2016 at 8:31 pm #8217

    wesmorgan
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    I have two copies of what appear to be First Editions of the Vintage paperback edition of The Orchard Keeper. Both say “First Vintage International Edition, February 1993” on the back of the title page. At the bottom of one of them under “Manufactured in the United States of America” is a number line reading “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.” In the other book in place of that number line is “B9876543210.” Both books have the same price and ISBN.

    Which, if either, is a first printing?

    Thanks.


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    18 Mar 2016 at 9:51 pm #8218

    Richard L.
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    I’m not acquainted with those editions. However, it has been my experience that any numberline fronted by the B is almost always a bookclub printing, which often has it own numbered editions of the bookclub edition, which is sometimes otherwise identical with the actual first paperback edition save, at times, for the cover and the blurbs, and then the numberline.

    The copy without the B is the true first Vintage paperback edition.


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    24 Mar 2016 at 10:38 am #8234

    wesmorgan
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    Thanks Richard. I had no idea what the “B” fronting the second number line might indicate.


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