The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by Little, Brown in 1937. It was 354 pages long, and the original retail price was $2.50. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "Published January, 1937" is stated on the copyright page with no other printing statements. The top edge of pages are stained red. "Lovely Pearl" instead of "Pretty Pearl" on line 1 of page 19.
The Late George Apley won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Picture of the 1937 first edition dust jacket for The Late George Apley.
"Published January, 1937" is stated on the copyright page. Notice that the interior pages have streaking, which is common with the first edition of this book.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for The Late George Apley.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Late George Apley.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown boards for The Late George Apley.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Late George Apley.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Late George Apley.
Both McBride and Ahearn states that the first issue has "Pretty Pearl" on line 1 of page 19. We think this might be a mistake. Our research has found that all printings subsequent to the first have "Pretty Pearl". We have found "Lovely Pearl" only on first printings. This leads us to conclude that "Lovely Pearl" is the first issue point, and that it was changed to "Pretty Pearl".
Other first edition points for books by John Phillips Marquand include: Life at Happy Knoll.
Disclaimer: This website is intended to help guide you and give you insight into what to look for when identifying first editions. The information is compiled from the experience of reputable collectors and dealers in the industry. Gathering and updating information about these books is more an art than a science, and new identication criteria and points of issue are sometimes discovered that may contradict currently accepted identification points. This means that the information presented here may not always be 100% accurate. If you spot a mistake, drop us an e-mail and we will do our best to investigate and correct it.