The first edition of this memorable book was published by World Publishing Company in 1961. It was 957 pages long, and the original retail price was $6.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Binding is navy blue cloth with gold lettering and red top stain. Photo of author on the back of the dust jacket. there are no reviews on dust jacket.
Picture of the 1961 first edition dust jacket for Spirit Lake.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Spirit Lake.
Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for Spirit Lake.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Spirit Lake.
Picture of the first edition World Publishing Company boards for Spirit Lake.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Spirit Lake.
Picture of the first edition title page for Spirit Lake.
Spirit Lake has red top stain.
This is the publisher's blind stamp, and it is found on all first editions. It is not a book club stamp.
Other first edition points for books by MacKinlay Kantor include: Andersonville.
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