First Edition Points and Criteria for Black Sunday

Year Published: 1975
Author Last Name: Harris
Author First Name: Thomas
Publisher: Putnam
Original Price: $7.95
Pages: 318

The first edition of this popular book was published by Putnam in 1975. It was 318 pages long, and the original retail price was $7.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: Copyright page has no reference to edition or printing. There is no printing on the gutter of the second-to-last page. The top of the dust jacket front flap has $7.95 price and "SBN: 399-11443-2". The bottom of the front flap has the number "7501".

Picture of the 1975 first edition dust jacket for Black Sunday.
Picture of the 1975 first edition dust jacket for Black Sunday.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Black Sunday.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Black Sunday.

Picture of dust jacket where original $7.95 price is found for Black Sunday.
Picture of dust jacket where original $7.95 price is found for Black Sunday.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Black Sunday.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Black Sunday.

Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for Black Sunday.
Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for Black Sunday.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Black Sunday.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Black Sunday.

Identification picture of Black Sunday.

The bottom of the front flap has the number "7501".
The bottom of the front flap has the number "7501".

The book club book is difficult to distinguish from the true first.  It will sometimes
The book club book is difficult to distinguish from the true first. It will sometimes have a book club blind stamp on the back, and will sometimes have printing in the gutter of the second-from-last page.

Even when clipped, it is often obvious when a dust jacket is from a book club edition
Even when clipped, it is often obvious when a dust jacket is from a book club edition because the true first dust jacket also has the SBN underneath the price.

The book club dust jacket does not have "7501" on the bottom of the front flap.
The book club dust jacket does not have "7501" on the bottom of the front flap.



Other first edition points for books by Thomas Harris include: The Silence of the Lambs.

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