First Edition Points and Criteria for Breathing Lessons

Year Published: 1988
Author Last Name: Tyler
Author First Name: Anne
Publisher: Franklin Library
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Pages: 327

The true first edition is the Franklin Library "Signed First Edition."

The first trade edition is valued between $15 and $50.

Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for Breathing Lessons.
Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for Breathing Lessons.

Identification picture of Breathing Lessons.

Identification picture of Breathing Lessons.

This is the first trade edition dust jacket.
This is the first trade edition dust jacket.

This is the copyright page from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.  Notice
This is the copyright page from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons. Notice that it specifically states "First Trade Edition" and it references that a signed first edition has been privately printed by The Franklin Library.

This is the front dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.  It
This is the front dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons. It has a price on the upper corner of $18.95. Notice that there is a statement that says "A Book-Of-The-Month-Club Main Selection". This does not mean that it is a book club edition. Rather it simply means that there was a plan arrangment to produce a book club edition. This is a badge of honor for publishers who are try to sell as many copies as they can by any means necessary.

This is the back panel of the dust jacket from the first trade edition of Breathing
This is the back panel of the dust jacket from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.

These are the first trade edition boards for Breathing Lessons.
These are the first trade edition boards for Breathing Lessons.

This is the back dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.  On
This is the back dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons. On the bottom is the month and year when the book was published - 9/88 - September 1988.

This is the title page from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.
This is the title page from the first trade edition of Breathing Lessons.

The first trade edition has the Borzoi Books blind stamp which should not be confused for
The first trade edition has the Borzoi Books blind stamp which should not be confused for a book of the month blind stamp.



Other first edition points for books by Anne Tyler include: The Tin Can Tree, The Accidental Tourist, Noah's Compass, Celestial Navigation.

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