Life of Pi was first published in Canada in 2001. It precedes the U.S. first edition which was published the following year by Harcourt, Inc. The following is the first edition criteria for Canadian true first edition.
First Edition is stated on the copyright page with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Boards are yellow with red lettering on the spine. Dust jacket features image of a tiger's face. Back of dust jacket has five reviews for the author's 1996 novel Self - reviews are by Charles Foran, The Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Philip Marchand, and The Globe and Mail.
Note: Life of Pi was originally published without the now commonly noted phrase "and so it goes with God" on page 350. This phrase, and the Japanese Officials' reaction to it, was introduced in the third printing of the Canadian First Edition. Consequently, the lack of the passage is not a first edition point because it is not found in any of the Canadian first printings.
Also note that because the U.S. first edition was published after the Canadian first edition, the "and so it goes with God" phrase is present on all printings of the U.S. first edition.
Picture of the 2001 first edition dust jacket for Life of Pi.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Life of Pi.
Picture of dust jacket where original $32.95 price is found for Life of Pi.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Life of Pi.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for Life of Pi.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Life of Pi.
Picture of the first edition title page for Life of Pi.
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