First Edition Points and Criteria for Elbow Room

Year Published: 1977
Author Last Name: McPherson
Author First Name: James Alan
Publisher: Little, Brown
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 241

"FIRST EDITION" is stated on copyright page above "T 09/77" with no statements of subsequent printings. Boards are blue/green with gold lettering on a green spine. Later printings have blue boards with the same green spine and gold lettering. Back of dust jacket has a single blurb by Ralph Ellison. The dust jacket seems to be unchanged through at least the third printing with the exception of a removable Pulitzer Prize sticker.

Elbow Room won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for Elbow Room.
Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for Elbow Room.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Elbow Room.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Elbow Room.

Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for Elbow Room.
Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for Elbow Room.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Elbow Room.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Elbow Room.

Picture of the first edition Little, Brown boards for Elbow Room.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown boards for Elbow Room.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Elbow Room.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Elbow Room.

Picture of the first edition title page for Elbow Room.
Picture of the first edition title page for Elbow Room.

Note that subsequent printings like the third printing in this photo also state FIRST
Note that subsequent printings like the third printing in this photo also state FIRST EDITION. But then is states Third Printing underneath. The true first edition has no statements of subsequent printings.

The first printing boards are blue green like the one on the top of this photo.  Later
The first printing boards are blue green like the one on the top of this photo. Later printings have blue boards like the thrid printing on the bottom of this photo.

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