First edition is stated on the copyright page with full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are light blue with gold lettering on a black spine. First issue jacket has only three reviews by Anne Tyler, Kay Boyle, and Peter Matthiessen.
Picture of the 1984 first edition dust jacket for Love Medicine.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Love Medicine.
Picture of dust jacket where original $13.95 price is found for Love Medicine.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Love Medicine.
Picture of the first edition Holt, Rinehart and Winston boards for Love Medicine.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Love Medicine.
Picture of the first edition title page for Love Medicine.
The Holt, Rinehart and Winston logo is blindstamped on the back of the first edition. This should not be confused with a book club blind stamp.
At left is the first issue dust jacket found on the first printing. To the right of it is a jacket from a fourth printing. Notice that two new reviews were added (Toni Morrison and Philip Roth).
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