First Edition Points and Criteria for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American)

Year Published: 1988
Author Last Name: Marquez
Author First Name: Gabriel Garcia
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 348

"First American Edition" is stated on the copyright page with no statement of subsequent printings. Boards are black cloth with gold lettering on front and on the spine. There are two issues of the dust jacket, and possibly two states of the first issue jacket. The first issue dust jacket has the front title in yellow letters and has so far been found on first and second printings. The second issue has white letters on the front title and has been found on printings as early as the sixth. There is also said to be a first state of the first issue jacket where the words "a novel by" appears above the author's name on the front. So far we have not been able to verify this first state.

There is also a deluxe version of the First American Edition that was limited to 350 copies. They were printed on special paper, signed by the author on a special hand-numbered page, specially bound, and issued in a slipcase.

Love in the Time of Cholera (First American) is an Oprah's Book Club selection.

Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for Love in the Time of Cholera (First
Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

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Picture of the first edition copyright page for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

Picture of dust jacket where original $18.95  price is found for Love in the Time of
Picture of dust jacket where original $18.95 price is found for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Love in the Time of Cholera
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for Love in the Time of Cholera
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Love in the Time of Cholera
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

Picture of the first edition title page for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).
Picture of the first edition title page for Love in the Time of Cholera (First American).

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The book on the left is a first edition with the first issue dust jacket.  The book on
The book on the left is a first edition with the first issue dust jacket. The book on the right is a sixth printing with the second issue dust jacket.

This is the front of the publisher's promotional postcard depicting the book's
This is the front of the publisher's promotional postcard depicting the book's dust jacket cover art.

This is the back of the publisher's promotional postcard.
This is the back of the publisher's promotional postcard.

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