Copyright page states "First edition, 2014" and has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are olive green with silver lettering on the spine. Back of dust jacket has two review blurbs for Gilead, and three blurbs praising Home.
Note: There have been claims that the first edition was published in Canada by HarperCollins because it was on sale on September 29th, which was 8 days before the U.S. edition went on sale. However, the Publicity Department at Farrar, Straus, Giroux has confirmed that the U.S. edition is the true first edition. They said that although the Canadian edition may have gone on sale several days earlier, the U.S. edition had already been printed and released before then, though it wasn't yet on sale in the U.S. until October 7th, 2014. They also said that regardless of sales timing, the book was originally licensed and edited in the US, so the HarpersCollins Canadian edition would be an offset.
A comparison of the copyright pages from both the Canadian and U.S. editions supports the assertion of the U.S. edition as the true first. The copyright page on the U.S. edition states definitively "First edition, 2014", while the Canadian edition copyright page differentiates itself as the "First Canadian edition". Additionally, the Canadian edition copyright page also states that is was printed and bound in the United States, and that it was designed by Jonathan D. Lippincott, a Farrar, Straus and Giroux Design Manager.
Picture of the 2014 first edition dust jacket for Lila.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Lila.
Picture of dust jacket where original $26.00 price is found for Lila.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Lila.
Picture of the first edition Farrar, Straus, Giroux boards for Lila.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Lila.
Picture of the first edition title page for Lila.
Lila as published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux simply states "First edition" on the copyright page (left), while the same book published by HarperCollins in Canada states "First Canadian edition" on the copyright page (right).
Other first edition points for books by Marilynne Robinson include: Gilead, Housekeeping, Home.
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