There were 500 copies of the first edition that were specially bound and signed by Capote.
Below is the first trade edition. "FIRST PRINTING" is stated on the copyright page and no book club mark on back of book. (Note: the book club edition also states first printing, but it has a small debossed square or circle near the bottom next to the spine.) Dust jacket has original price of $5.95 on the top front flap and "1/66" on the bottom front flap. The back dust jacket flap says "Publishers of the American College Dictionary and the Modern Library".
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This is the first trade edition dust jacket.
This is the first trade edition copyright page for In Cold Blood.
Picture of dust jacket where original $5.95 price is found for In Cold Blood.
A true first edition will be free of a small debossed square or circle near the bottom next to the spine.
June 12, 2009, 1:59 pm
Imagine that my copy of the book is closed, standing upright and I look down at the top pages, the color is black. What does that mean? Is it a true first printing first edition?
June 26, 2009, 12:11 pm
The first trade edition does have dark top stain. Not sure if it is black or very dark blue. Later printings might also have the dark top stain, so I would not count on its presence to determine whether it is a first edition. Rather, make sure it says FIRST PRINTING on the copyright page, and make sure it does not have a book club blind stamp on the back boards.
August 2, 2009, 11:48 am
Why do book club editions have FIRST PRINTING on copyright page with original publisher? Also, do all book club editions have a circle or square blind stamp on back boards near spine?
August 2, 2009, 6:03 pm
The Book-Of-The-Month club often used the same plates as the true first edition. Sometimes they took off the first edition or first printing. Sometimes they did not. Sometimes they put a blind stamp on the back, but sometimes they did not. Unfortunately just as there is no one standard for identifying first editions, there is also not one absolute way to spot a book club editions. Each book needs to be judged on a case by case basis.
August 17, 2009, 1:28 am
What is the object on the Top right corner of the cover?
September 16, 2009, 12:12 pm
I have a first printing edition that matches your example in every way, but the dust cover says 'book of the month club'. I even have the book of the month club 'in cold blood' book marker. Does this book have collector value? The book itself has no marks connecting it the BOMC and is in good condition.
October 5, 2009, 4:39 pm
It's a hat pin
October 6, 2009, 1:47 am
I have what appeared to be a first edition In Cold Blood matching all points above however noticed a round indentation higher up the back than most BOMC's I have seen. The DJ has all points above as well. I am afraid this is still considered a BOMC copy due to the presence of the indentation? If so I was really surprised as it matched everything else - I didnt even look for this since it had all points until I saw another comment on how this is often missed. This copy I found is in FINE condition with a NF DJ so Ugh!!!!! :)
October 6, 2009, 7:26 am
Does the dust jacket have a price on it?
October 6, 2009, 9:35 pm
Yes it has the 5.95, the I/66, and the proper verbiage on the rear flap. I didnt even notice the indent due to it was higher and not in the bottom right corner like most BOMC's.
October 6, 2009, 9:47 pm
Interesting. I would expect that the jacket would have no price as I have seen on other book club copies. It sounds like you have a true first jacket that is married to a book club book.
October 6, 2009, 10:40 pm
it does - I mean I have owned many BOMC's for this title so this has me surprised however I noted that this is an easy mistake to make on another book store posting for their "True 1st Edition" copy. Thanks for the response. I love this site.
October 8, 2009, 6:52 pm
As a matter of fact, I've just had the crushing disappointment of discovering a round debossment exactly like the one described by Tom W: a few inches up from the bottom of the rear board but otherwise identical to a first with a (priced) second-state DJ. I suppose this must be a BCE.
November 9, 2009, 5:14 pm
I have noticed that the fifth printing has the same dust jacket as the first edition. So I wouldn't be surprised if people marry a book club "first edition" with the dust jacket from a second, third, fourth, or fifth printing. Such a creation would be nearly identical to the true first with the exception of the debossment. This might be what Tom W has...
November 12, 2009, 9:24 pm
Why would a hard cover 1st edition signed by Capote open at $1500 on Ebay and a soft cover 1st edition signed by capote start at $3000?
Are the 1st edition soft covers as valuable in certain cases?
November 12, 2009, 9:42 pm
A soft cover *could* be as valuable as a hard cover if it was produced before the hard cover. The most common examples are ARCs (Advanced Reader's Copies) that are soft covered and are issued before the first edition. But I have to say that there are plenty of examples where the ARCs are less valuable than the hard cover first editions, and I think it is because collectors prefer the durability of hard covers. The In Cold Blood soft cover on Ebay is not an ARC, and it certainly was not published before the hard cover. So your guess is as good as mine.
January 7, 2010, 4:45 pm
I'll chime-in with the opinion that could be held by some collectors re: signed softcovers. Since most author signings involve promoting their newest released Hardcovers, having a signature on a (first printing) softcover may, in fact, be scarcer than the HC that preceded it. Furthermore, when the item's condition is taken into account, a fine softcover--which has survived the years relatively unscathed--argues for its value. This would also explain the value of ARCs and paperback originals, especially if they represent an author's debut.
It really is a matter of each collector's personal focus for his/her collection. The completist would be very interested in fine, signed softcovers to compliment the collection.
May 6, 2010, 8:33 pm
I have an autographed First Edition of Truman Capote In Cold Blood in very good condition. Where would I go to sell it?
August 14, 2010, 2:01 pm
I just found this book that matches all descriptions but has a small blind circle stamp about 4 inches up from the bottom near the spine. Dust jacket is missing. Is it worth anything besides the $1.79 that I paid for it?
July 21, 2011, 1:35 pm
I have a Truman Capote "In Cold Blood" copy that has tan colored boards with dark brown or brick red writing on spine with the double spear at the top. There is no DJ and I am confused as there is no publishing date - just a 1965 copyright. It has a full title page and frontispeice in gold/orange and black writing. I don't see any BMOC marks on the back board. The top edge is brick red and the forward edges are ragged cut. Any clues to solving this?
September 10, 2011, 10:23 am
I have a copy of "In Cold Blood" dated 1965 Random House with original dust jacket, however it has some unusual features that don't seem to match any descriptions out there on the net. First off, the pages are trimmed and the hard cover is fully cardboard with no "T.C." marking on the front cover. It is wine colored, like the cloth cover, with a similar spine design, except that the title is closer to the top of the spine on my copy than on the cloth version. The dust jacket has no price nor the 1/66 marking, however it appears to be legitimate in age, appearance and quality. The copyright page of the book matches the "true first edition" version in that it simply has the 1965 copyright date with no statement of its edition. I keep thinking this is a reproduction, however there is absolutely NO indications to suggest this. It is also too good of quality to be a pirated reproduction. Can anyone help me out?
March 5, 2012, 9:54 pm
Today I purchased a beautiful hardcover copy of In Cold Blood from a local book store for only 9.00! I am trying to determine if it is a true First Printing or an early book club edition.
It says First Printing, does not have the small circle or square, does have 1/66 on the bottom of the inside cover, and matches all other criteria of a First Printing listed on your website.
However, there is no price on the top inside flap of the dust jacket. Does this mean it's a book club edition?
March 5, 2012, 10:00 pm
I also just noticed that on the very last page of my book ("About the Author"), in very small vertical print near the bottom, it says; "HB 9 R". Is this important at all?
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