First Edition Points and Criteria for Racing Through Paradise

Year Published: 1987
Author Last Name: Buckley Jr.
Author First Name: William F.
Publisher: Random House
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 344

First Edition is stated on the copyright page below the full Random House number line "24689753". The binding is navy blue cloth with gold lettering. The back of the dust jacket has five reviews, beginning with one by George McGovern. Mr. Buckley tended to sign this book on the front end paper.

There were 353 limited copies of the first edition that were issued in a slipcase with a signed numbered page. These copies had bindings similar to the other first editions, but they had a special pocket in the back that held a signed and edited page from the original manuscript of Racing Through Paradise. The limited edition also had a book marker ribbon, and was issued in a slipcase rather than a dust jacket. The limited editions were part of the first edition printing, and as such they had the same copyright page as the other first editions, including the full random house number line and First Edition statement.

Picture of the 1987 first edition dust jacket for Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the 1987 first edition dust jacket for Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of dust jacket where original $25.00 price is found for Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of dust jacket where original $25.00 price is found for Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of the first edition Random House boards for Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the first edition Random House boards for Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.

Picture of the first edition title page for Racing Through Paradise.
Picture of the first edition title page for Racing Through Paradise.

This is one of the limited copies of the first edition of Racing Through Paradise, which
This is one of the limited copies of the first edition of Racing Through Paradise, which was issued in a slipcase rather than a dust jacket.

This is the signed and numbered page from one of the limited copies of the first edition
This is the signed and numbered page from one of the limited copies of the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.

There are special pockets in the limited copies of the first edition.  They hold a signed
There are special pockets in the limited copies of the first edition. They hold a signed and edited page from the original manuscript of Racing Through Paradise.

This is a page from the original manuscript of Racing Through Paradise.  It was issued
This is a page from the original manuscript of Racing Through Paradise. It was issued with the limited copies of the first edition. The page is signed, and includes edits such as typo fixes, grammatical error fixes, and word changes.

This is the book marker ribbon from a limited copy of the first edition of Racing Through
This is the book marker ribbon from a limited copy of the first edition of Racing Through Paradise.



Other first edition points for books by William F. Buckley Jr. include: On the Firing Line, God and Man at Yale.

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