First Edition Points and Criteria for Silent Spring

Year Published: 1962
Author Last Name: Carson
Author First Name: Rachel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $5.00
Pages: 368

The first edition of this science classic was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1962. It was 368 pages long, and the original retail price was $5.00 . The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket carries a price of $5.00 on the upper corner of the front flap.

Silent Spring is classified in the following category: Science

Picture of the 1962 first edition dust jacket for Silent Spring.
Picture of the 1962 first edition dust jacket for Silent Spring.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Silent Spring.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Silent Spring.

Picture of dust jacket where original $5.00  price is found for Silent Spring.
Picture of dust jacket where original $5.00 price is found for Silent Spring.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Silent Spring.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Silent Spring.

Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for Silent Spring.
Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for Silent Spring.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Silent Spring.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Silent Spring.

Picture of the first edition title page for Silent Spring.
Picture of the first edition title page for Silent Spring.

The true first edition lacks a book-of-the-month club blind stamp on the lower back
The true first edition lacks a book-of-the-month club blind stamp on the lower back corner of the rear board.

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