The first edition has "First Edition" stated on copyright page and 1995 on the title page. Boards are tan with gold lettering on a navy blue cloth spine. Dust jacket has photo of the author on the back with no reviews, and the back flap has six reviews for the Sportswriter - by Walker Percy, The New York Times, Kansas City Star and Times, Los Angeles Herald and Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. There is a typographical error mentioned in dealer listings where the word "with" is missing on page 289, line 21. This error persists well into the forth printing and is therefore not a first edition point.
Two "limited editions" were issused at the same time by B.E. Trice Publishing using the sheets of the Knopf edition including the same copyright page. These were specially bound and signed by the author on a tipped-in numbered page. One of these editions was limited to 26 lettered copies, bound in leather backed marbled boards, and housed in a black cloth slipcase. The other edition was limited to 150 numbered copies, bound in green cloth, and housed in a green cloth slip case.
Independence Day won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
This is the first trade edition dust jacket.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Independence Day.
Picture of dust jacket where original $24.00 price is found for Independence Day.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Independence Day.
This is one of the 150 "limited editions" that was issused by B.E. Trice Publishing.
This is the signed limitation page from the 150 "limited editions" that was issused by B.E. Trice Publishing. The number is obscured by request of the owner.
Other first edition points for books by Richard Ford include: The Sportswriter.
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