Identifying First Edition Books

We ran across a news report mentioning this article, but couldn’t find it when we went to the Alibris site, but persistence paid off. David Kaye gives a good summary on identifying first editions:

Identifying First Editions for Beginners

by David Kaye
Alibris: Used, New and Out-of-Print Books, Music and Movies

“One of the most confusing issues facing beginning collectors (and even experienced ones sometimes) is how to identify a first edition. Keep in mind that for every guideline I’m about to discuss, there is an exception. I will try to note those exceptions when possible.”

He recaps with three simple steps:

“1. Look for a price on the dust jacket
2. Check the copyright page
3. Buy an adequate reference guide ”

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