First Edition Points and Criteria for The Eighth Day

Year Published: 1967
Author Last Name: Wilder
Author First Name: Thornton
Publisher: Harper and Row
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 435

"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are light blue cloth with black cloth spine with gold lettering. Front dust jacket flap has $6.95 price on the upper corner, and "0367" on the bottom. The back of the dust jacket has a photo of the author with no reviews.

500 copies of the first edition were printed on special paper and specially bound in blue cloth with a clear plastic jacket. They were numbered and signed by the author on a special page. The copyright page on these copies state "LIMITED EDITION".

The Eighth Day won the National Book Award.

Picture of the 1967 first edition dust jacket for The Eighth Day.
Picture of the 1967 first edition dust jacket for The Eighth Day.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Eighth Day.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Eighth Day.

Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for The Eighth Day.
Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for The Eighth Day.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Eighth Day.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Eighth Day.

Picture of the first edition Harper and Row boards for The Eighth Day.
Picture of the first edition Harper and Row boards for The Eighth Day.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Eighth Day.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Eighth Day.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Eighth Day.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Eighth Day.

Identification picture of The Eighth Day.

This is one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition.  This
This is one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition. This picture shows the book in the clear plastic jacket and in the slipcase.

This is a picture of the copyright page from one of the 500 specially printed and bound
This is a picture of the copyright page from one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition. It looks the same as the other first editions; but it states "LIMITED EDITION" rather than "FIRST EDITION".

This is a picture of the signature page from one of the 500 specially printed and bound
This is a picture of the signature page from one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition. This page indicates that these special copies are part of the first edition, even though the copyright page says "LIMITED EDITION" rather than "FIRST EDITION".

This is one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition.  It is
This is one of the 500 specially printed and bound copies of the first edition. It is bound in blue cloth. This picture shows the book without the clear plastic jacket and without the slipcase.



Other first edition points for books by Thornton Wilder include: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Heaven's My Destination.

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