FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with full number line on bottom - 12 13 14 15 16 OV/RRD 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are light gray with copper lettering on black cloth spine. Back of first issue dust jacket has a single review quote by USA Today. The first issue dust jacket lacks the New York Times Bestseller blurb on the cover, and does not have a National Book Award stamp.
Note: There is also a "Signed Edition" of the first edition which is exactly like other first editions, but it has an additional bound-in signature page. The signature page states "THIS SIGNED EDITION OF THE ROUND HOUSE BY Louise Erdrich HAS BEEN SPECIALLY BOUND BY THE PUBLISHER". The copyright page for both editions is identical and states the ISBN for both the "Hardcover" first edition, and the "Signed Edition".
The Round House won the National Book Award.
Picture of the 2012 first edition dust jacket for The Round House.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Round House.
Picture of dust jacket where original $27.99 price is found for The Round House.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Round House.
Picture of the first edition Harper Collins boards for The Round House.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Round House.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Round House.
On the left is the true first edition of The Round House in the first issue dust jacket. The book on the right is a 12th printing. Notice the New York Times Bestseller blurb and the National Book Award logo.
On the left is the true first edition of The Round House. Note the single review blurb on the back of the dust jacket. The book on the right is a 12th printing. It has seven review blurbs.
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