First Edition Points and Criteria for The Book of Ruth

Year Published: 1988
Author Last Name: Hamilton
Author First Name: Jane
Publisher: Ticknor & Fields
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 328

Copyright page has full number line "P 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Boards are blue with red metallic lettering on a black cloth spine. Back of dust jacket has two reviews: by Hilma Wolitzer and Shirley Abbott. There are copies on the market with a stamp on the bottom pages that says "NETWORK - NOT FOR RESALE". These are promotional copies that were distributed by the publisher to its network of booksellers.

The Book of Ruth is an Oprah's Book Club selection.

Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for The Book of Ruth.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Book of Ruth.

Picture of dust jacket where original $18.95 price is found for The Book of Ruth.
Picture of dust jacket where original $18.95 price is found for The Book of Ruth.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Book of Ruth.

Picture of the first edition Ticknor & Fields boards for The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the first edition Ticknor & Fields boards for The Book of Ruth.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Book of Ruth.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Book of Ruth.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Book of Ruth.

Identification picture of The Book of Ruth.

Some copies of The Book of Ruth have a stamp that says "NETWORK - NOT FOR RESALE". These
Some copies of The Book of Ruth have a stamp that says "NETWORK - NOT FOR RESALE". These are promotional copies that were distributed by Ticknor & Fields to its network of booksellers.



Other first edition points for books by Jane Hamilton include: A Map of the World.

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