The true first edition is the Franklin Library "Signed First Edition." It is a leather bound edition limited to 1,350 copies.
The first trade edition ranges in value from $75 to $300.
American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book is also one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include Snow Crash and The Blind Assassin
This is the Franklin Library "Signed First Edition."
Signature of Philip Roth from the Franklin Library Signed First Edition of American Pastoral.
The photos to the left and below are from the first trade edition, which is not very common in a first printing.
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