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How to Establish the Value of a Book


The key to establishing a book's value is to first ensure that it is a first edition. A first editions is the earliest printed copy of a published book. Collectors look for first edition books because these tend to have the highest demand and the greatest potential to increase in value over time. There are standard identification criteria that first editions conform because most, but not all, first edition books follow an established identification method established by each book publisher. These first edition criteria are details about what a book looked like when it was initially printed as a first edition. These details include details such as certain codes on the copyright page, the type of the binding, and particular text on the dust jacket.

In addition to the first edition criteria, there are sometimes points of issue that describe some part of a book which changes during the first printing without the standard first edition identification of the publisher changing, thus creating some copies of the first edition that have the point, and some that do not have the point. The most common type of first edition points of issue are typographical mistakes that were changed during the first printing. In these cases, the copies with the mistake are more desirable because they represent the earliest state of a first edition.

The fedpo.com website helps a collector understand the identification criteria and any first edition points of issue by describing details such as a book's binding, a specific typographical error, or a dust jacket review that can only be found on the earliest printings. First edition criteria and points of issue are usually subtle, but they are important features that distinguish a rare first edition from a common reprint.

The most common first edition criteria can be found on a book's copyright page. The copyright page may say that a book is a first edition, or a first printing, or first impression; and it may state additional printing information, or it may provide a printing code indicating what printing a book is from. Each publisher has used various methods over the years to indicate a book's edition and printing. Another common first edition indicator is a book's cover price, which is typically printed on the dust jacket. The presence of a price on a dust jacket is also the most fundamental way to ensure that the dust jacket is not from a book club edition or other type of reprint. Book club editions look similar to genuine first editions, but they are not first editions, and they have very little collectible value.

To find first edition criteria for a specific book, simply type in the name of the book, or the name of the author in the fields above; or browse all of our available entries by clicking on the bars at the bottom of this page. We have pages for hundreds of collectible books where we describe first edition criteria, provide photographs of known first editions, and provide pre-filled eBay, AbeBooks, and Biblio search links for each book so you can quickly establish its most recent market value.


Today's Featured Book: Redeployment

First Edition of Redeployment


November 20, 2014

Redeployment was written by Phil Klay. The first edition was published in 2014 by Penguin Press. It was 291 pages long, and the retail price was $26.95. Redeployment won the National Book Award.

Here are the first edition criteria: "First published by The Penguin Press" is stated near the top of the copyright page, and full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 is near the bottom of same copyright page. Boards are light tan with light tan lettering on a brick red spine. Back of dust jacket has six reviews - by Anthony Swofford, Karen Russell, Nathan Englander, Ben Fountain, Lea Carpenter, and Colum McCann. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Interview with the Vampire

First Edition of Interview with the Vampire


July 04, 2014

Interview with the Vampire was written by Anne Rice. The first edition was published in 1976 by Alfred A. Knopf. It was 372 pages long, and the retail price was $8.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page, with 1976 stated on the title page. Boards are dark grey paper boards with gold lettering on black cloth spine. Book has red top stain. Gold foil dust jacket has author's photo on the back panel with no photo credit or reviews. ISBN number (394-49821-6) printed on the bottom right corner of the back panel. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Long Valley

First Edition of The Long Valley


June 16, 2014

The Long Valley was written by John Steinbeck. The first edition was published in 1938 by Viking. It was 303 pages long, and the retail price was $2.50.

The first edition criteria are as follows: FIRST PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1938 is stated on the copyright page with no other statements of subsequent printings. 1938 is also present on the title page. Boards are brick colored cloth with oatmeal cloth spine. Back of dust jacket has no text.

The dust jacket was illustrated by Elmer Hader, who also illustrated the dust jacket for The Grapes of Wrath. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Host

First Edition of The Host


May 10, 2014

The Host was written by Stephenie Meyer. The first edition was published in 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. It was 619 pages long, and the retail price was $25.99.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition: May 2008 is stated on the copyright page with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are light orange/yellow paper with gold lettering on a black paper spine. Dust jacket has three reviews on the back - by Orson Scott Card, Ridley Pearson, and Katherine Neville. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Het puttertje

First Edition of Het puttertje


May 01, 2014

Het puttertje was written by Donna Tartt. The first edition was published in 2013 by De Bezige Bij. It was 925 pages long.

The first edition criteria are as follows: This is Dutch translation of Donna Tartt's 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch. It was published in September 2013 - one month before the first US and UK editions.

2013 is stated on the title page, no additional statement of printing (druk) is present on copyright page. Boards are white paper with gold lettering on the spine. Book has an attached gold ribbon book mark. Endpapers are orange (they are brown on later printings). Back of dust jacket has photo of the author and no reviews - the only text on the back begins with "De auteur van de bestsellers". Back dust jacket flap has just two reviews - One for De verborgen geschiedenis (The Secret History) by NRC Handelsblad and the other for De kleine vriend (The Little Friend) by HP/DE Tijd. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Everything and More

First Edition of Everything and More


April 20, 2014

Everything and More was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 2003 by Norton & Company. It was 319 pages long, and the retail price was $23.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition is stated on the top of copyright page, and full number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 is present on the bottom of the copyright page. Boards are blue paper with gold lettering on a black paper spine. Back of dust jacket has a single review by James Gleick. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Celestial Navigation

First Edition of Celestial Navigation


April 02, 2014

Celestial Navigation was written by Anne Tyler. The first edition was published in 1974 by Alfred A. Knopf. It was 276 pages long, and the retail price was $6.95.

The first edition criteria are as follows: First Edition is stated on the bottom of the copyright page with no references to subsequent printings. 1974 is present on the title page. Boards are orange/yellow cloth with author's initial and design embossed on the front, purple metallic lettering on the spine, and green top stain. Dust jacket has a single review on the back by Nancy Hale, after reading the proofs of Celestial Navigation. Back dust jacket flap states 3/74. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Pale King

First Edition of The Pale King


March 31, 2014

The Pale King was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. It was 548 pages long, and the retail price was $27.99.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition: April 2011 is stated on the copyright page with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are black paper with silver lettering on the spine. There are now reviews on the dust jacket. This unfinished novel was published posthumously. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

First Edition of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men


March 30, 2014

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 1999 by Little, Brown and Company. It was 273 pages long, and the retail price was $24.

Here are the first edition criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are black paper with white lettering on the spine. Back of dust jacket has four reviews - by New York Times Book Review, Voice Literary Supplement, San Francisco Chronicle, and New York Times. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

First Edition of A Supposedly Fun Thing I


March 23, 2014

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 1997 by Little, Brown and Company. It was 353 pages long, and the retail price was $23.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition is stated toward the top of the copyright page, and full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is near the bottom of the same copyright page. Boards are robin egg blue with yellow spine. Back dust jacket panel has three reviews - by New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Voice Literary Supplement. Back dust jacket flap has two reviews - by Jeffrey Eugenides and Michiko Kakutani. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Oblivion

First Edition of Oblivion


March 19, 2014

Oblivion was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. It was 329 pages long, and the retail price was $25.95.

The first edition criteria are as follows: First Edition is stated toward the top of the copyright page, and full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is near the bottom of the same copyright page. Boards are dark green (some might call it teal) with silver lettering on a blue spine. Six reviews on the back of dust jacket by Elle, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Details, OC Weekly, and Salon. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Atlas Shrugged

First Edition of Atlas Shrugged


March 10, 2014

Atlas Shrugged was written by Ayn Rand. The first edition was published in 1957 by Random House. It was 1168 pages long, and the retail price was $6.95.

Here are the first edition criteria: First Printing is stated on the copyright page. Boards are green cloth with author's initials in gold on the front, and spine lettering in black and gold. Top stain is dark (black or blue). Dust jacket has lacks review blurbs, and shows 10/57 on the bottom of the front flap. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Mansion

First Edition of The Mansion


March 09, 2014

The Mansion was written by William Faulkner. The first edition was published in 1959 by Random House. It was 436 pages long, and the retail price was $4.75.

The first edition criteria are as follows: There was a limited first edition that was numbered and signed by the author. These were issued in a glassine jacket and limited to 500 copies.

The first trade edition has "First Printing" stated on copyright page. Boards are teal with gold lettering. Dust jacket has "10/59" on the bottom of the front flap, and photo of the author on the back with no reviews. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Drown

First Edition of Drown


March 08, 2014

Drown was written by Junot Diaz. The first edition was published in 1996 by Riverhead Books. It was 208 pages long, and the retail price was $21.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: Full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is present on the copyright page. Boards are brown paper with silver lettering on a maroon cloth. Endpapers are black. Back of dust jacket has four reviews by Newsweek, Walter Mosley, Ana Castillo, and Francisco Goldman. Back dust jacket flap has a single review blurb by Hanif Kureishi.

There was a publisher's slip laid-in stating regrets for typographical errors "primarily affecting the Spanish-language terms" and committing to "correct these mistakes in all future reprints". Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Infinite Jest

First Edition of Infinite Jest


March 03, 2014

Infinite Jest was written by David Foster Wallace. The first edition was published in 1996 by Little, Brown. It was 1079 pages long, and the retail price was $29.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition is stated on the copyright page along with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Board are blue. Back of dust jacket has 8 reviews. The last review has William Vollmann's name misspelled as Vollman rather than Vollmann. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Goldfinch

First Edition of The Goldfinch


March 01, 2014

The Goldfinch was written by Donna Tartt. The first edition was published in 2013 by Little, Brown. It was 771 pages long, and the retail price was $30.00. The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The first edition criteria are as follows: The true first edition was published in September 2013 as Het puttertje in Dutch by De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam. It was published a month earlier than the U.S. and UK editions. This was done possibly because the book's title is named for a painting by Dutch master Carel Fabritius, and because parts of the novel take place in Amsterdam. Below are the criteria for the first U.S. and UK editions.

The U.S. edition states First Edition: October 2013 on the copyright page along with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are white cloth with black lettering on front and spine. Dust jacket lacks any reviews.

The UK first edition states "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Little, Brown" and lacks any reference to reprints. Boards are black with silver lettering on the spine. Dust jacket has no reviews. Back of dust jacket has a passage from the book - the main character describing his first encounter with the Goldfinch oil painting.

The UK publisher also offered a deluxe limited-edition of the standard UK first edition. It was a hardback specially bound by the UK publisher in cloth and pictorial board, numbered, and signed by the author. It was limited to 1,000 copies and sold for £35.00. This edition has the same copyright page as the standard UK first edition, and its pictorial boards mirror the front and back of the standard first edition dust jacket. Both the deluxe and standard UK first editions have a small print attached in the front of the book of the 1654 Carel Fabritius oil painting, The Goldfinch.

Note: As part of their "Indiespensable" subscription club, Powell's in Portland Oregon sold a regular U.S. first edition of The Goldfinch that was signed by the author, and housed in a custom third-party slipcase manufactured by Taylor Box Company of Warren, Rhode Island. These books are not limited or special publisher's editions. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Plains Song

First Edition of Plains Song


February 28, 2014

Plains Song was written by Wright Morris. The first edition was published in 1980 by Harper and Row. It was 229 pages long, and the retail price was $9.95. Plains Song won the National Book Award.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page along with full number line 80 81 82 83 84 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are brown cloth with gold lettering on the spine. Endpapers are brown. Dust jacket has no reviews. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: A Tale for the Time Being

First Edition of A Tale for the Time Being


February 15, 2014

A Tale for the Time Being was written by Ruth Ozeki. The first edition was published in 2013 by Viking. It was 422 pages long, and the retail price was $28.95.

Here are the first edition criteria: First Published in 2013 is stated above full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 in the middle of the copyright page. Boards are cream with wind imprint on the front, and light green metallic lettering on the spine. The same wind imprint is found on the title page. Seven reviews on the back by Junot Diaz, Alice Sebold, Philip Pullman, Madeline Miller, Karen Joy Fowler, Jane Hamilton, and Deborah Harkness. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Ulysses (American Edition)

First Edition of Ulysses (American Edition)


February 05, 2014

Ulysses (American Edition) was written by James Joyce. The first edition was published in 1934 by Random House. It was 768 pages long, and the retail price was 3.50.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: The true first edition of Ulysses was published in 1922 by Shakespeare and Company, Paris. These are exceptionally rare and valuable. Below is the criteria for the more common First (authorized) American Edition which was published 12 years after the Paris first edition.

First American Edition is stated on the copyright page with no statements of subsequent printings. Boards are cream-colored cloth with red and black lettering and dark brown top-stain. The designer of the dust jacket is Ernst Reichl, and there are two variant dust jackets: one with the designer's last name displayed vertically on the front panel, and the other without the name. While we have not seen evidence establishing a priority, we have observed that the variant with the designer's name tends to sell at a higher premium. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Good Lord Bird

First Edition of The Good Lord Bird


November 29, 2013

The Good Lord Bird was written by James McBride. The first edition was published in 2013 by Riverhead Books. It was 417 pages long, and the retail price was $27.95. The Good Lord Bird won the National Book Award.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 should be found on the copyright page, and 2013 should be stated on the bottom of the page facing the title page. No mention of National Book Award on the dust jacket, and now reviews on the dust jacket flaps. The only reviews should be on the back - four reviews for the author's previous book The Color of Water, and three reviews for the author's previous novels in general. Boards are dark brick with a feather imprint on the cover, and black lettering on a light brick cloth spine. Click here for more photos...



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This website is intended to help guide you and give you insight into what to look for when identifying first editions. As such, the information presented here may not always be 100% accurate. Gathering and updating information about these books is more an art than a science, so some of our first edition criteria and points may be wrong. If you spot a mistake, drop us an e-mail and we will do our best to investigate and fix it.


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