First Edition Points and Criteria for The Lightning Thief

Year Published: 2005
Author Last Name: Riordan
Author First Name: Rick
Publisher: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 377

First Edition is stated on copyright page directly about full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Boards are grey with silver lettering on spine. The first issue dust jacket is silver with the front featuring a lightning bolt design with Medusa and animals. There is a single review blurb on the bottom of the front panel by Eoin Colfer. Back of the dust jacket contains a letter from Chiron Kentavros entitled "Dear Mortal Reader:"

From the start, The Lightning Thief was intended as Book 1 of the Percy Jackson series. Thus the first edition features the Percy Jackson trident logo that states "Book I". The logo is present on the title page, the spine, and the front of the dust jacket.

Picture of the 2005 first edition dust jacket for The Lightning Thief.
Picture of the 2005 first edition dust jacket for The Lightning Thief.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Lightning Thief.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Lightning Thief.

Picture of dust jacket where original $17.95 price is found for The Lightning Thief.
Picture of dust jacket where original $17.95 price is found for The Lightning Thief.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Lightning Thief.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Lightning Thief.

Picture of the first edition Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children boards for The
Picture of the first edition Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children boards for The Lightning Thief.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Lightning Thief.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Lightning Thief.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Lightning Thief.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Lightning Thief.

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