First Edition Points and Criteria for The Enormous Radio

Year Published: 1953
Author Last Name: Cheever
Author First Name: John
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Company
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 237

The first edition of this must-have book was published by Funk & Wagnalls Company in 1953. It was 237 pages long, and the original retail price was $3.50 . The first edition identification criteria are as follows: Contains "I" on copyright page. Blue-green cloth stamped in gilt on spine. First issue dust jacket has $3.50 price on front flap; and dust jacket back has photo of author with cigarette and ashtray and curtain back drop with "Funk & Wagnalls New York 10" across the bottom. Also, dust jacket back must have no review blurbs.

Picture of the 1953 first edition dust jacket for The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the 1953 first edition dust jacket for The Enormous Radio.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Enormous Radio.

Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50  price is found for The Enormous Radio.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50 price is found for The Enormous Radio.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Enormous Radio.

Picture of the first edition Funk & Wagnalls Company boards for The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the first edition Funk & Wagnalls Company boards for The Enormous Radio.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Enormous Radio.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Enormous Radio.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Enormous Radio.



Other first edition points for books by John Cheever include: The Stories of John Cheever, The Wapshot Chronicle, The Falconer.

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