The true first edition is the Franklin Library Limited First Edition (see the first four photos). It was published by a special arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of the first trade edition (the last six photos).
This photo and the three photos below are of the Franklin Library Limited First Edition.
This photo and the photos below are of the first trade edition.
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