First Edition Points and Criteria for The Wapshot Chronicle

Year Published: 1957
Author Last Name: Cheever
Author First Name: John
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 307

The true first edition carries FIRST EDITION and B-G (February 1957) on copyright page. The book is light green cloth with yellow and red lettering on a black spine. The jacket carries a price of $3.50 on the upper front flap, and blurbs by the following authors on the back: Jean Stafford, Francis Steegmuller, and Robert Penn Warren.

The Wapshot Chronicle won the National Book Award.

Picture of the 1957 first edition dust jacket for The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of the 1957 first edition dust jacket for The Wapshot Chronicle.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Wapshot Chronicle.

Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50  price is found for The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50 price is found for The Wapshot Chronicle.

The back of the dust jacket carries only three blurbs - by Jean <a href
The back of the dust jacket carries only three blurbs - by Jean Stafford, Francis Steegmuller, and Robert Penn Warren. Later issue dust jackets have more blurbs.

Picture of the first edition Harper & Brothers boards for The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of the first edition Harper & Brothers boards for The Wapshot Chronicle.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Wapshot Chronicle.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Wapshot Chronicle.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Wapshot Chronicle.

The dust jacket on the left is from a first edition of The Wapshot Chronicle. Notice the
The dust jacket on the left is from a first edition of The Wapshot Chronicle. Notice the three reviews by Jean Stafford, Francis Steegmuller, and Robert Penn Warren. The dust jacket on the right is from a latter printing. Notice the additional reviews by Saul Bellow and Malcolm Cowley.

Here are two first editions of The Wapshot Chronicle. One has top stain, and the other
Here are two first editions of The Wapshot Chronicle. One has top stain, and the other does not. There is no established priority for this variation.



Other first edition points for books by John Cheever include: The Stories of John Cheever, The Enormous Radio, The Falconer.

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