First Edition Points and Criteria for The Lovely Bones

Year Published: 2002
Author Last Name: Sebold
Author First Name: Alice
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $21.95
Pages: 328

FIRST EDITION stated with number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on copyright page. Boards are light blue, with white lettering on a dark blue spine. The first issue dust jacket has four review quotes on the back - from Michael Chabon, Margot Livesey, Amy Bloom, and Aimee Bender. In later issue jackets, the Livesey quote was removed, and a quote by Anna Quindlen was added at the top. The first issue jacket also lacks any statement of book-of-the-month club selection.

Note: A book-of-the-month club selection statement on the back dust jacket does not necessarily indicate that the book is a book club edition. Rather, it is simply a tout by the publisher that the book was chosen to be printed as a book club edition. Such as statement has been found on jackets from later printings of The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the 2002 first edition dust jacket for The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the 2002 first edition dust jacket for The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Lovely Bones.

Picture of dust jacket where original $21.95  price is found for The Lovely Bones.
Picture of dust jacket where original $21.95 price is found for The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the first edition Little, Brown and Company boards for The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown and Company boards for The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Lovely Bones.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Lovely Bones.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Lovely Bones.

The first issue dust jacket on the left has a review quotes on the back by Margot
The first issue dust jacket on the left has a review quotes on the back by Margot Livesey. In later issue jackets, like the 10th printing on the right, the Livesey quote was removed, and a quote by Anna Quindlen was added at the top. The first issue jacket also lacks the book-of-the-month club selection statement like the one on the right.

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