Copyright page says FIRST EDITION and there is a full number line "71 72 73 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on the last page of the book. Either point is enough to identify the first edition because only first printings (with full number line) have the FIRST EDITION statement. Boards are red cloth with red cloth spine and silver lettering. The first issue dust jacket back has photo of the author standing outside holding a cup of coffee (photo credit says Tippi Hedren.) Bottom of the front flap has "0571".
Picture of the 1971 first edition dust jacket for The Exorcist.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Exorcist.
Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for The Exorcist.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Exorcist.
Picture of the first edition Harper and Row boards for The Exorcist.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Exorcist.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Exorcist.
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