First Edition Points and Criteria for Laughing Boy

Year Published: 1929
Author Last Name: La Farge
Author First Name: Oliver
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 302

The title page date must match the copyright date (1929). First printing dust jacket is rare and adds most of the value to the book. There are two states of the first printing dust jacket. In the first state, the front flap begins with "Riding over the desert comes Laughing Boy to attend the ceremonial dance at Tse Lani." In the second state dust jacket the front flap begins with "Riding over the desert, out of the wild north country where white men are little known, comes Laughing Boy, a warrior of the Navajos."

Laughing Boy won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1929 first edition dust jacket for Laughing Boy.
Picture of the 1929 first edition dust jacket for Laughing Boy.

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Identification picture of Laughing Boy.

Identification picture of Laughing Boy.

Identification picture of Laughing Boy.

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