First Edition Points and Criteria for Death of a Salesman

Year Published: 1949
Author Last Name: Miller
Author First Name: Arthur
Publisher: Viking
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 139

Copyright page states "PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC. IN MARCH 1949" on the top, and "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY AMERICAN BOOK-STRATFORD PRESS, INC., NEW YORK" on the bottom. The copyright date of 1949 is printed on the title page. Bound in orange cloth with an image of a house stamped in black on the front, with pictorial endpapers, and with blue or green topstain. The first issue dust jacket has the author's picture on the back flap, and the "S" in "SALESMAN" touches the arm of the salesman illustrated on the front.

Note: Book club editions have a dot on the lower right of the back boards (near the spine).

Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Picture of the 1949 first edition dust jacket for Death of a Salesman.
Picture of the 1949 first edition dust jacket for Death of a Salesman.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Death of a Salesman.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Death of a Salesman.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Death of a Salesman.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Death of a Salesman.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Death of a Salesman.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Death of a Salesman.

Picture of the first edition Viking boards for Death of a Salesman.
Picture of the first edition Viking boards for Death of a Salesman.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Death of a Salesman.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Death of a Salesman.

This is the title page for Death of a Salesman.
This is the title page for Death of a Salesman.

This is the bottom of the first edition copyright page for Death of a Salesman.  It
This is the bottom of the first edition copyright page for Death of a Salesman. It states that the printer is American Book-Stratford Press.

The first issue dust jacket on the left has the "S" in "SALESMAN" within the yellow
The first issue dust jacket on the left has the "S" in "SALESMAN" within the yellow section of the front where it touches the arm of the salesman. The second issue dust jacket on the right has the "S" away from the arm and halfway on the green section.

Book club editions have a dot on the lower right of the back boards (near the spine
Book club editions have a dot on the lower right of the back boards (near the spine).

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