First Edition Points and Criteria for Dune

Year Published: 1965
Author Last Name: Herbert
Author First Name: Frank
Publisher: Chilton Books
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 412

The first edition of this classic Frank Herbert book was published by Chilton Books in 1965. It was 412 pages long, and the original retail price was $5.95. The first edition identification criteria are as follows: First Edition is stated on the copyright page with no mention of subsequent printings and no ISBN. First issue boards are blue with white lettering on the spine, and gray end papers. Back dust jacket flap has four lines of publisher identification on the bottom beginning with "CHILTON BOOKS".

Picture of the 1965 first edition dust jacket for Dune.
Picture of the 1965 first edition dust jacket for Dune.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Dune.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Dune.

Picture of dust jacket where original $5.95 price is found for Dune.
Picture of dust jacket where original $5.95 price is found for Dune.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Dune.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Dune.

Picture of the first edition Chilton Books boards for Dune.
Picture of the first edition Chilton Books boards for Dune.

Identification picture of Dune.

The cover art on the book club edition (the one on the right) is more "zoomed in" than
The cover art on the book club edition (the one on the right) is more "zoomed in" than the cover art on the true first edition (on the left).

The flap on the left is from the first issue dust jacket.  The flap on the right is from
The flap on the left is from the first issue dust jacket. The flap on the right is from a later issue dust jacket.

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