The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by Little, Brown and Company in 1981. It was 293 pages long, and the original retail price was $13.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "FIRST EDITION" is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket has no review blurbs on the front. The back of the dust jacket is maroon, and has just two blurbs - one from Robert Pirsig, and the other from John Brooks.
The Soul of a New Machine won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Award.
Picture of the 1981 first edition dust jacket for The Soul of a New Machine.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Soul of a New Machine.
Picture of dust jacket where original $13.95 price is found for The Soul of a New Machine.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Soul of a New Machine.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown and Company boards for The Soul of a New Machine.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Soul of a New Machine.
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