First Edition Points and Criteria for Nightwing

Year Published: 1977
Author Last Name: Smith
Author First Name: Martin Cruz
Publisher: Norton & Company
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 256

"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page with full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0" and no book club blindstamp. Boards are brown ribbed paper with a blindstamped mesa design and brown cloth boards with gilt lettering. Note: the book club edition is identical to the true first edition and can also state "First Edition" with a full number line. But the book club edition has a small square or circle blindstamp on the bottom right corner of the back board near the spine. Also, the book club dust jacket is identical to the first edition jacket - including the $8.95 price. Photos courtesy of Dan Baranow.

Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for Nightwing.
Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for Nightwing.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Nightwing.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Nightwing.

Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for Nightwing.
Picture of dust jacket where original $8.95 price is found for Nightwing.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Nightwing.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Nightwing.

Picture of the first edition Norton & Company boards for Nightwing.
Picture of the first edition Norton & Company boards for Nightwing.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Nightwing.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Nightwing.

Identification picture of Nightwing.

The only thing that distinguishes the book club edition from the true first edition is
The only thing that distinguishes the book club edition from the true first edition is that the book club edition has this blind stamp on the bottom right corner of the back boards.



Other first edition points for books by Martin Cruz Smith include: Gorky Park, Stallion Gate.

\"Gorky \"Stallion 

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