First Edition Points and Criteria for Years of Grace

Year Published: 1930
Author Last Name: Barnes
Author First Name: Margaret Ayer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 581

The title page date must match the copyright date (1930). No statement of printing on the copyright page. Dust jacket is extremely rare and adds most of the value to the book. The dust jacket lacks any statement of printing on the front. It also lacks reviews, but it has a description of the book on the bottom that begins with "She fought the battle of the generations..." The back of the dust jacket has a list of new novels from the publisher, and the first book listed on the left column is YEARS OF GRACE. On later printings was moved to the right column.

Years of Grace won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1930 first edition dust jacket for Years of Grace.  Photo courtesy of
Picture of the 1930 first edition dust jacket for Years of Grace. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, inc.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Years of Grace.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Years of Grace.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Years of Grace.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Years of Grace.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Years of Grace.  Photo courtesy
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Years of Grace. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, inc.

Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for Years of Grace.
Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for Years of Grace.

Signature of Margaret Ayer Barnes.
Signature of Margaret Ayer Barnes.

Picture of the first edition title page for Years of Grace.
Picture of the first edition title page for Years of Grace.

Picture of the dust jacket spine for the first edition of Years of Grace.  Photo courtesy
Picture of the dust jacket spine for the first edition of Years of Grace. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, inc.

On the left is the first printing of Years of Grace.  In the center is the third
On the left is the first printing of Years of Grace. In the center is the third printing, which is stated on the bottom of the dust jacket. On the right is the tenth printing which states Sixtieth Thousand (number of books printed) on the bottom of its jacket. All books were printing in the first year of publication.

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