First Edition Points and Criteria for Christ in Concrete

Year Published: 1937
Author Last Name: Di Donato
Author First Name: Pietro
Publisher: Esquire Inc.
Original Price:
Pages: 41

The true first edition was printed in book form in 1937 by Esquire Inc. after it appeared in the March 1937 issue of Esquire Magazine. FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. The book has pictorial boards and a glassine wrapper with a web design. The book originally sold for 25 cents.

Di Donato expanded the novel, and the original Esquire first edition story became his first chapter. The resulting 311 page novel, was also titled Christ in Concrete. It was published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1939, and "First Edition" is stated on the copyright page.

This is the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.  It was a small 41 page book
This is the true first edition of Christ in Concrete. It was a small 41 page book published by Esquire Inc.

FIRST EDITION is stated on the true first edition of Christ in Concrete (the 1937 Esquire
FIRST EDITION is stated on the true first edition of Christ in Concrete (the 1937 Esquire edition).

The true first edition of Christ in Concrete has pictorial boards and a glassine wrapper
The true first edition of Christ in Concrete has pictorial boards and a glassine wrapper with a web design. The wrapper has no price printed on it.

This is the back of the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.
This is the back of the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.

This is the title page from the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.
This is the title page from the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.

Design and typography credits are found on the last page of the true first edition of
Design and typography credits are found on the last page of the true first edition of Christ in Concrete.

An expanded edition of Christ in Concrete was published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1939.
An expanded edition of Christ in Concrete was published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1939.

The back dust jacket of the 1939 Christ in Concrete has Di Donato’s photo with no review
The back dust jacket of the 1939 Christ in Concrete has Di Donato’s photo with no review blurbs.

A 1939 title page from Christ in Concrete signed by Pietro Di Donato with the hand
A 1939 title page from Christ in Concrete signed by Pietro Di Donato with the hand written quote “- and always there was hunger and her bastard, the fear of hunger – “.

First Edition is stated on the copyright page of the 1939 Christ in Concrete
First Edition is stated on the copyright page of the 1939 Christ in Concrete

The 1939 Christ in Concrete has a printer statement on the bottom of the copyright page.
The 1939 Christ in Concrete has a printer statement on the bottom of the copyright page. Braunworth & Co., Inc. is the printer.

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