First Edition Points and Criteria for The Edge of Sadness

Year Published: 1961
Author Last Name: O'Connor
Author First Name: Edwin
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $5.00
Pages: 460

The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by Little, Brown and Company in 1961. It was 460 pages long, and the original retail price was $5.00. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "FIRST EDITION" is stated on copyright page and no blind stamp on the back boards. Note: there are book club editions that also state "FIRST EDITION". But the book club edition has a blind stamp on the back.

The Edge of Sadness won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1961 first edition dust jacket for The Edge of Sadness.
Picture of the 1961 first edition dust jacket for The Edge of Sadness.

Identification picture of The Edge of Sadness.

Identification picture of The Edge of Sadness.

Identification picture of The Edge of Sadness.

Identification picture of The Edge of Sadness.

Identification picture of The Edge of Sadness.

This is the back corner of the first edition.  It has Little Brown publisher's
This is the back corner of the first edition. It has Little Brown publisher's blindstamp, but lacks a book club blind stamp. Note: The depression at the top of the Little Brown logo is Neptune's Trident - not a book club blind stamp.

Some copies of the first edition have a special tipped in page that states "A First
Some copies of the first edition have a special tipped in page that states "A First Edition Presentation Copy" and is typically unsigned.

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