First Edition Points and Criteria for The Killer Angels

Year Published: 1974
Author Last Name: Shaara
Author First Name: Michael
Publisher: McKay
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 374

Copyright page has 5 lines of text on the top, and five lines of text on the bottom. The 5 lines on the top include the copyright year of 1974 and no other years nor any statement of subsequent printings. The 5 lines on the bottom include by-lines, identification numbers, and manufacturing information. Boards are light blue cloth with darker blue paper spine. The dust jacket has photo of the author on the back with no reviews and no bar code.

The Killer Angels won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1974 first edition dust jacket for The Killer Angels.
Picture of the 1974 first edition dust jacket for The Killer Angels.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Killer Angels.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Killer Angels.

Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for The Killer Angels.
Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for The Killer Angels.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Killer Angels.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Killer Angels.

Picture of the first edition McKay boards for The Killer Angels.
Picture of the first edition McKay boards for The Killer Angels.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Killer Angels.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Killer Angels.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Killer Angels.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Killer Angels.

The dust jacket from the reprint edition (on the left) is similar to that of the true
The dust jacket from the reprint edition (on the left) is similar to that of the true first (on the right). However the title tends to have a bolder gold color on the reprint, and that might be due to less aging.

The reprint edition (on the left) has a bar code on the back of the dust jacket.  The
The reprint edition (on the left) has a bar code on the back of the dust jacket. The true first has no bar code.

Reprint boards (on the bottom) tend to have different colors and are of better quality
Reprint boards (on the bottom) tend to have different colors and are of better quality than the true first edition boards (on the top).

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