The true first edition was a numbered and signed limited edition of 1,000 copies. These are rare.
The first trade edition has "First Printing" stated on copyright page. Dust jacket has "8/54" on the bottom of the front flap. The value for these range from $200 - $650.
A Fable won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award.
This is the limited first edition of A Fable.
The limited first edition of A Fable was issued with a glassine (wax paper) wrapper and a slipcase.
This is the signed and numbered page from the limited first edition of A Fable.
The limited first edition of A Fable was issued in a slipcase.
This is the 1954 first trade edition dust jacket for A Fable.
"First Printing" is stated on both the limited first edition and the first trade edition.
The price is printed on the upper front flap of the first trade edition dust jacket.
This is the back of the first trade edition dust jacket.
"8/54" is printed on the bottom of the back flap of the first trade edition dust jacket.
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