First Edition Points and Criteria for All the King's Men

Year Published: 1946
Author Last Name: Warren
Author First Name: Robert Penn
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 464

The first edition of this classic Robert Penn Warren book was published by Harcourt Brace and Company in 1946. It was 464 pages long, and the original retail price was $3.00. First edition criteria are: "first edition" is stated on copyright page. Boards are maroon. 1st state dustjacket has Sinclair Lewis blurb on the back, and the corners of the flaps are clipped (not price clipped).

A less expensive alternative is the signed Franklin Library edition.

All the King's Men won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book is also one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Picture of the 1946 first edition dust jacket for All the King's Men.
Picture of the 1946 first edition dust jacket for All the King's Men.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for All the King's Men.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for All the King's Men.

Picture of dust jacket where original $3.00 price is found for All the King's Men.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.00 price is found for All the King's Men.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of All the King's Men.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of All the King's Men.

Picture of the first edition Harcourt Brace and Company boards for All the King's
Picture of the first edition Harcourt Brace and Company boards for All the King's Men.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of All the King's Men.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of All the King's Men.

This is the bottom of the front flap for the first edition of All the King's Men.
This is the bottom of the front flap for the first edition of All the King's Men.

On the right is the first issue jacket for All the King's Men.  It has a single
On the right is the first issue jacket for All the King's Men. It has a single review by Sinclair Lewis. On the left is the second issue jacket where the Sinclair Lewis review was moved to the back flap and replaced by six new reviews - by Joseph Henry Jackson, Diana Trilling, Harry Hansen, Orville Prescott, Paul Engle, and W. G. Rogers.

The Franklin Library limited edition was put out years after the first edition.  But it
The Franklin Library limited edition was put out years after the first edition. But it is a relatively inexpensive way to have a signed edition by Robert Penn Warren.

This is a photo of the Franklin Library signed limited edition was issued many years
This is a photo of the Franklin Library signed limited edition was issued many years after the first edition.

The Franklin Library limited edition was signed edition by Robert Penn Warren.
The Franklin Library limited edition was signed edition by Robert Penn Warren.

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