The true first edition was published in London. "Published in 1990 by Chatto & Windus" is stated on the copyright page with no indications of subsequent impressions. Copyright page also states that the printer is Butler and Tanner. Book is bound in blue boards with blue topstain and a sewn-in dark blue ribbon bookmark.
The first American edition was published months later by Random House after some editing for an American audience.
Possession is one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include Beloved and Snow Crash
Picture of the 1990 first edition dust jacket for Possession.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Possession.
Picture of dust jacket where original £13.95 price is found for Possession.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Possession.
Picture of the first edition Chatto & Windus boards for Possession.
On the left is the true first edition (UK), and on the right is the first American edition. The American edition has a heavier font.
On the left is the back of the true first edition (UK), and on the right is the back of the first American edition. The American edition has reviews.
On the left is the true first edition boards, and on the right is the first American edition boards. The American boards have the author's initials and a design on the front.
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