First Edition Points and Criteria for Interpreter of Maladies

Year Published: 1999
Author Last Name: Lahiri
Author First Name: Jhumpa
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $12.00
Pages: 198

The true first edition is a paperback. It precedes the hardcover edition. Copyright page has full numberline "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Title page states 1999 on the bottom. Front has review by Amy Tan on the top, and a price of $12.00 on the back.

A hardcover edition with a new ISBN came out two months after Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize. Like the paperback, the first printing of the hardcover has a full number line on the copyright page, but it lists two ISBNs - The hardcover ISBN 0-618-10136-5, and the paperback ISBN 0-395-92720-X. The first issue dust jacket touts that it is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway award. It has a price of $23.00 listed on the top of the front flap.

Interpreter of Maladies won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This is the front cover of Interpreter of Maladies.  It is a softcover book.
This is the front cover of Interpreter of Maladies. It is a softcover book.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Interpreter of Maladies.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Interpreter of Maladies.

The price of $12.00 is on the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladi
The price of $12.00 is on the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.
This photo show the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the spine of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.
This photo show the spine of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

Photo of the author from the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.
Photo of the author from the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

1999 is printed on the title page of the true first edition.
1999 is printed on the title page of the true first edition.

This is the front cover from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladi
This is the front cover from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the copyright page from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of
Picture of the copyright page from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies. Notice that there are two ISBNs - one for this hardcover and one for the original paperback (pbk).

Picture of the front dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of
Picture of the front dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the back of the dust jacket from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of
Picture of the back of the dust jacket from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of boards from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.
Picture of boards from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of
Picture of the back dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Unlike the true first edition softcover, there is no year printed on the title page of
Unlike the true first edition softcover, there is no year printed on the title page of the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

This third printing paperback was signed by Lahiri a few days after winning the Pulitzer
This third printing paperback was signed by Lahiri a few days after winning the Pulitzer Prize. The third printing is identical to the first in terms of the reviews on the front and back covers. However, the third printing lacks the year on the title page and the number line on the copyright page is adjusted accordingly.



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