Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

1987

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Wolfe, Tom

Franklin Library

659

The true first edition was a limited edition published by the Franklin Library under a special arangement with Farrar Straus Giroux, the publisher of the first trade edition.

The first trade edition says "First printing, 1987" on the copyright page, and no references to subsequent printings (other than the Franklin signed first edition.)



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This is the true first edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities.  It is leather bound and

This is the true first edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities. It is leather bound and published by the Franklin Library.

This is the copyright page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This is the copyright page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This is the title page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This is the title page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This is the author signature page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This is the author signature page from the Franklin Library first edition.

This page states that it is the limited first edition of The Bonfire of the Vanit

This page states that it is the limited first edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities.

This is the first trade edition.  The bottom of the dust jacket says BY THE AUTHOR OF

This is the first trade edition. The bottom of the dust jacket says BY THE AUTHOR OF "THE RIGHT STUFF".

This is the copyright page from the first trade edition.  Notice the statement on the

This is the copyright page from the first trade edition. Notice the statement on the bottom about the signed first edition from The Franklin Library.

This is the top front flap from the first trade edition.

This is the top front flap from the first trade edition.

This is the back of the first trade edition.

This is the back of the first trade edition.

The ISBN on the first issue jacket reads "374-11534-6".  A leading zero was added to the

The ISBN on the first issue jacket reads "374-11534-6". A leading zero was added to the later issue jacket so that it reads "0-374-11534-6". The ISBN is located on the bottom back flap.

This is the UK edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities.

This is the UK edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities.



Other first edition points for books by Tom Wolfe include: The Right Stuff.

 


sanddollars
October 13, 2009, 10:41 am
I have a first trade edition of "The Bonfire of the Vanities," and aside from it's being price-clipped, meets all the other criteria. However, I do have what appears to be Wolfe's signature on the full title page. Since the byline isn't printed under the title, only an autograph, I'm unsure whether it's as authentic as it appears to be. Do you have a copy in-hand or at least a photo with I could compare?
Thanks. S.
Tom
December 18, 2009, 10:29 am
If the autograph looks like the one on the fourth photo on this page, then I would bet it is a genuine signature. If the signature is on a page that is otherwise blank on both sides, then I would guess that a special page with his signature was bound in.
Fran├žois
November 15, 2010, 9:16 am
Hello Tom, Congratulations for your wonderful website ! Have you an idea of the number of copies of the Franklin Library first edition ? Thanks, Best
Tom
January 2, 2011, 9:36 am
I thought someone else might answer this one. I don't have a number, but my sense is that there were a lot. I remember seeing a stack of them about seven years ago at a used book store in New York. There are certainly plenty of them on eBay.


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