The first edition of this collectible book was published by Doubleday & Company in 1947. It was 255 pages long, and the original retail price was $2.75. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: Copyright page says First Edition with no references to subsequent printings. Boards are tan. Front of dust jacket has title, author, and the phrase "A LAMPLIGHTED NOVEL OF INDIANA IN 1903 BY". There are no reviews on the front or back cover of the dust jacket. But there is a single review on the top of the front flap by Daniel A. Poling.
Picture of the 1947 first edition dust jacket for So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.75 price is found for So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of the first edition Doubleday & Company boards for So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of So Dear to My Heart.
Picture of the first edition title page for So Dear to My Heart.
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