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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: The Legend of Bagger Vance

First Edition of The Legend of Bagger Vance


July 28, 2015

The Legend of Bagger Vance was written by Steven Pressfield. The first edition was published in 1995 by William Morrow and Company. It was 252 pages long, and the retail price was $20.00.

The first edition criteria are as follows: First Edition is stated on the copyright page above full number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Boards are light blue with silver lettering on darker blue cloth spine. Dust Jacket has one review on the front flap, four reviews on the back flap, and seven reviews on the back panel. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Songs of the Doomed

First Edition of Songs of the Doomed


July 25, 2015

Songs of the Doomed was written by Hunter Thompson. The first edition was published in 1990 by Summit Books. It was 315 pages long, and the retail price was $21.95.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: Copyright page has full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Gray boards with Gonzo logo on front and silver lettering on a red cloth spine. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Going after Cacciato

First Edition of Going after Cacciato


July 19, 2015

Going after Cacciato was written by Tim O'Brien. The first edition was published in 1978 by Delacorte Press. It was 338 pages long, and the retail price was $8.95. Going after Cacciato won the National Book Award.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First printing is stated on the copyright page. Boards are blue cloth with gold lettering. Dust jacket features a painting by M.S. Chiang and contains now critical reviews. The only writing on the back of dust jacket is the ISBN: 0-440-02948-1. Top corner of dust jacket has $8.95 price above the number 2948. Back of dust jacket flap has 0278 which represent the February 1978 publishing date. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Go Set a Watchman

First Edition of Go Set a Watchman


July 14, 2015

Go Set a Watchman was written by Harper Lee. The first edition was published in 2015 by Harper Collins. It was 278 pages long, and the retail price was $27.99.

The first edition criteria are as follows: Copyright page states FIRST EDITION with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are black textured paper with black paper spine. Dust Jacket has no critical reviews nor any statement of bestseller.

Note: Due to the notoriety of the author, and the extraordinary anticipation of the novel, the first U.S. print run was 2 million copies; making the first edition very common. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: The Terminal Man

First Edition of The Terminal Man


July 10, 2015

The Terminal Man was written by Michael Crichton. The first edition was published in 1972 by Alfred A. Knopf. It was 247 pages long, and the retail price was $6.95.

Here are the first edition criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page. 1972 is stated on title page. Boards are gray with book title repeated in a pattern on the right side, and silver lettering on a yellow cloth spine. Book also has yellow top stain. Dust jacket lacks any critical reviews. Dust jacket depicts a man's head connected to terminal wires. Back of dust jacket has continuation of terminal wires and the ISBN 394-44768-9 on the lower right corner. Back dust jacket flap has 5/72 on the lower right corner indicating May 1972 as the publication date. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: All the Light We Cannot See

First Edition of All the Light We Cannot See


April 25, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See was written by Anthony Doerr. The first edition was published in 2014 by Scribner. It was 531 pages long, and the retail price was $27.00. All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "First Scribner hardcover edition May 2014" is stated on the copyright page along with full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Boards are navy blue with black lettering on a light green spine. Dust jacket has no statements of awards or prizes on the front, and has a QR code on the back panel that directs mobile devices to the author's web page. The dust jacket remained the same until at least the the 11th printing. The National Book Award Finalist badge was added sometime in late 2014, and a second badge was added shortly after for being selected as one of the New York Times 10 best books of 2014. The QR code remained on the back panel through the 29th printing. It was removed on the 30th printing.

A Wall Street Journal article in April 2015 stated that the first printing was 62,500 copies, and that total copies including later printings and e-books was 1.6 million. It also stated that the publisher was going back to press for 100,000 additional copies after the Pulitzer win.

Note: Although it is odd that the copyright page states first hardcover edition, it is important to note that a paperback edition was not released in 2014. Thus the first hardcover edition is the true first edition.

Also note that as part of their "Indiespensable" subscription club, Powell's in Portland Oregon sold a regular U.S. first edition of All the Light We Cannot See 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. Any other first edition is just as "true" as these packaged books. Click here for more photos...


Previously Featured Book: Lila

First Edition of Lila


March 24, 2015

Lila was written by Marilynne Robinson. The first edition was published in 2014 by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. It was pages long, and the retail price was $26.00.

The first edition criteria are as follows: Copyright page states "First edition, 2014" and has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are olive green with silver lettering on the spine. Back of dust jacket has two review blurbs for Gilead, and three blurbs praising Home.

Note: There have been claims that the first edition was published in Canada by HarperCollins because it was on sale on September 29th, which was 8 days before the U.S. edition went on sale. However, the Publicity Department at Farrar, Straus, Giroux has confirmed that the U.S. edition is the true first edition. They said that although the Canadian edition may have gone on sale several days earlier, the U.S. edition had already been printed and released before then, though it wasn't yet on sale in the U.S. until October 7th, 2014. They also said that regardless of sales timing, the book was originally licensed and edited in the US, so the HarpersCollins Canadian edition would be an offset.

A comparison of the copyright pages from both the Canadian and U.S. editions supports the assertion of the U.S. edition as the true first. The copyright page on the U.S. edition states definitively "First edition, 2014", while the Canadian edition copyright page differentiates itself as the "First Canadian edition". Additionally, the Canadian edition copyright page also states that is was printed and bound in the United States, and that it was designed by Jonathan D. Lippincott, a Farrar, Straus and Giroux Design Manager. Click here for more photos...


Previously 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...



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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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