First Edition Points and Criteria for A Lession Before Dying

Year Published: 1993
Author Last Name: Gaines
Author First Name: Ernest J.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $21.00
Pages: 256

FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Binding is black with white cloth spine. $21.00 price is on the upper corner of the front dust jacket flap, and there are four reviews on the back.

A special signed Advance Reading Copy (not shown) precedes the first edition. It is a soft cover and was issued in a pictorial cardboard slipcase. There was also a signed leather bound edition published by Easton Press about five years after the first edition, and obviously not a first.

A Lession Before Dying is an Oprah's Book Club selection.

Picture of the 1993 first edition dust jacket for A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of the 1993 first edition dust jacket for A Lession Before Dying.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for A Lession Before Dying.

Picture of dust jacket where original $21.00 price is found for A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of dust jacket where original $21.00 price is found for A Lession Before Dying.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of A Lession Before Dying.

Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for A Lession Before Dying.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of A Lession Before Dying.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of A Lession Before Dying.

Identification picture of A Lession Before Dying.



Other first edition points for books by Ernest J. Gaines include: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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