Both title page and copyright page say 1926. first edition is NOT stated, but no statements of subsequent printings should be present on the copyright page. Dust jacket is extremely rare and adds most of the value to the book. The first trade dust jacket contains the statement on the lower left front panel: "This novel has never been published in any periodical". There was an advance issue where the dust jacket does not carry this statement, but is otherwise identical to the first trade dust jacket.
Note: A printing history from the second printing indicates that the publication date for Early Autumn was October 14, 1926. It also states that second printing was made on October 5, 1926; nine days before the publication date. This does not mean that it was printed before the first edition. Rather, it simply indicates that a second printing was produced shortly after the first printing; and before the official publication date.
Early Autumn won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Picture of the 1926 first edition dust jacket for Early Autumn.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Early Autumn.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for Early Autumn.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Early Autumn.
Picture of the first edition Stokes boards for Early Autumn.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Early Autumn.
Picture of the first edition title page for Early Autumn.
Picture of dust jacket flaps for Early Autumn. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, Inc.
Picture of dust jacket spine for Early Autumn. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, Inc.
Louis Bromfield signed this advance copy of Early Autumn about two weeks before its October 14 publication date.
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