The first edition of this great read was published by Viking Penguin in 1985. It was 262 pages long, and the original retail price was $16.95. The first edition identification criteria are as follows: "First published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the copyright page with no mention of subsequent printings. Boards are brick-red with cream cloth spine. Back of dust jacket has only an author bio on the top and the ISBN on the bottom right.
Picture of the 1985 first edition dust jacket for Carpenter's Gothic.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Carpenter's Gothic.
Picture of dust jacket where original $16.95 price is found for Carpenter's Gothic.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Carpenter's Gothic.
Picture of the first edition Viking Penguin boards for Carpenter's Gothic.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Carpenter's Gothic.
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