The first edition states 1948 on the title page, and an "A" below the rights and permission statement on the copyright page along with Scribner's seal on the bottom of copyright page. Boards are grey cloth with red and black decoration. First issue jacket has photo of author on the back; and title and publisher name in red text on the lower corner of back flap.
Note: Cry, the Beloved County was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1948. However, the UK edition published by Jonathan Cape seems to be more collectible, perhaps because The artwork on the UK edition is more attractive.
Cry, the Beloved Country (US) is an Oprah's Book Club selection.
Picture of the 1948 first edition dust jacket for Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.00 price is found for Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of the first edition Charles Scribner's Sons boards for Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Picture of the first edition title page for Cry, the Beloved Country (US).
Other first edition points for books by Alan Paton include: Cry, the Beloved County (UK).
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