First Edition Points and Criteria for The Clan of the Cave Bear

Year Published: 1980
Author Last Name: Auel
Author First Name: Jean
Publisher: Crown
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 468

The first edition of this modern classic Jean Auel book was published by Crown in 1980. It was 468 pages long, and the original retail price was $12.95 . The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First Edition is stated under 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 number line on copyright page. Green boards with yellow spine.

Picture of the 1980 first edition dust jacket for The Clan of the Cave Bear.
Picture of the 1980 first edition dust jacket for The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Identification picture of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Identification picture of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Identification picture of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

On first issue dust jackets, copyright dates are missing for dust jacket typography and
On first issue dust jackets, copyright dates are missing for dust jacket typography and painting credits on the bottom back flap. They appear on later issue jackets.

Identification picture of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

The book on the left has the first issue dust jacket.  The book on the right has a later
The book on the left has the first issue dust jacket. The book on the right has a later issue dust jacket. The ISBN on the later issue jacket has white border.



Other first edition points for books by Jean Auel include: The Valley of the Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone.

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