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.)
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 title 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 Vanities.
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 bottom about the signed first edition from The Franklin Library.
This is the top front flap from 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 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.
Other first edition points for books by Tom Wolfe include: The Right Stuff.
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