First Edition: July 2017 is stated on the copyright near the center of the page, and full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 toward the bottom. Boards are blue with initials of Little Brown (the parent publisher) embossed on the front, and white lettering on the spine.
First issue dust jacket uses two different fonts for the numbers in the barcode area on the back panel and as a result, the font used for the number 9 near the bottom left corner of the bar code area has a more pronounced hook than the 9 found towards the top of the barcode area. The first issue dust jacket also lacks any bestseller or Pulitzer winner blurbs; and has seven review blurbs on the back by Adam Haslett, Gary Shteyngart, Karen Joy Fowler, Nell Zink, Michael Chabon, Julie Orringer, and Armistead Maupin.
Less won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Picture of the 2017 first edition dust jacket for Less.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Less.
Picture of dust jacket where original $26.00 price is found for Less.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Less.
Picture of the first edition Lee Boudreaux (Little Brown) boards for Less.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Less.
Picture of the first edition title page for Less.
The dust jacket on the bottom is a first issue which uses two different fonts in the barcode area. The dust jacket on the top is a second issue which uses a single font. The font difference is most noticeable when comparing the number 9 - notice how the 9 on the bottom has a more pronounced hook than the 9 on the top. The single font barcode is also found on the third issue jacket which carries the "National Bestseller" blurb.
The third issue jacket carries the "National Bestseller" blurb on the front and spine and also has additional review blurbs on the back.
The third issue dust jacket has nine review blurbs with the Michael Chabon review removed and three additional blurbs added by Ron Charles, Christopher Buckley, and Carmela Ciuraru.
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