Copyright page states "PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC. IN MARCH 1949" on the top, and "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY AMERICAN BOOK-STRATFORD PRESS, INC., NEW YORK" on the bottom. The copyright date of 1949 is printed on the title page. Bound in orange cloth with an image of a house stamped in black on the front, with pictorial endpapers, and with blue or green topstain. The first issue dust jacket has the author's picture on the back flap, and the "S" in "SALESMAN" touches the arm of the salesman illustrated on the front.
Note: Book club editions have a dot on the lower right of the back boards (near the spine).
Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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This is the title page for Death of a Salesman.
This is the bottom of the first edition copyright page for Death of a Salesman. It states that the printer is American Book-Stratford Press.
The first issue dust jacket on the left has the "S" in "SALESMAN" within the yellow section of the front where it touches the arm of the salesman. The second issue dust jacket on the right has the "S" away from the arm and halfway on the green section.
Book club editions have a dot on the lower right of the back boards (near the spine).
December 11, 2010, 7:06 pm
I have a book club edition of death of a salesman..everything you describe is there, but...the back cover does not have arthur miller on it..it has a recomendation for a book by Beau James on the life and times of jimmy walker..and also the big secret by merle colby..?? does this match any experience you may have with this book..? also has the dot on the spin..can you tell me what edition I have..everything else matches your first edition discription..plus dot on back spin..
December 13, 2010, 9:58 am
Sorry for the delay. Most collectors don't collect book club editions. They typically note them only so they don't end up confusing them for genuine first edition. So I'm not sure exactly when it was printed. But typically publishers keep adding reviews to new editions so they can increase sales of a book. It probably was produced a few years after the first edition.
On Dec 11, 2010, at 7:07 PM, "Echo" <js-kit-m2c-LPFPHKH96QPLMG1QCGTMH6PR648S5GNEJC8IKKTO3QH7B1H44SJG@reply.js-kit.com> wrote:
August 19, 2011, 1:50 pm
I am in possession of Death of a Salesman dated 1949. Everything that you have described is the same except on the copyright page at the bottom it states Printed in the United States of America by Kingsport Press, Inc., Kingsport, Tennessee. Is this a first edition?
August 31, 2011, 6:49 am
I have a mint book club edition (black dot) death of a salesman it says second printing before publication
I got it signed by Arthur Miller in 1990
with out the dust cover it looks just like a first edition
whats it worth?
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