First Edition Points and Criteria for Songs of the Humpback Whale

Year Published: 1992
Author Last Name: Picoult
Author First Name: Jodi
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Original Price: $22.95
Pages: 343

Below is what we believe to be the first edition of Songs of the Humpback Whale. No additional printings are listed on the copyright page. Boards are beige with black lettering on a dark tan cloth spine. The price is listed on the back of the dust jacket panel rather than on the front flap. The back panel also has a single review by Mary Morris. The back flap has a photo of the author above a biography describing Song of the Humpback Whale as her first novel, with no mention of her later works. The back flap also has two more reviews - by Ann Hood, and Michael Martone.

Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Songs of the Humpback Whale.

The $22.95 price is listed on the back of the dust jacket panel rather than here on the
The $22.95 price is listed on the back of the dust jacket panel rather than here on the front flap.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Picture of the first edition Faber & Faber boards for Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Picture of the first edition Faber & Faber boards for Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Songs of the Humpback
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Picture of the first edition title page for Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Picture of the first edition title page for Songs of the Humpback Whale.

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