"First Edition" is stated on copyright page above "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" number line, and below "March 1991". No date present on the title page.
There are two states of the first printing. The first state has light gray boards with black cloth spine (some say it is navy blue, and this might be due to fading). The second state has dark gray boards (some say the dark gray is really black) with the same black/navy blue boards. The first state boards have only been found on first printings; and the second state boards has been found on some first printings and all subsequent printings, which leads us to believe that the first state came first. The pastedown endpapers on the first state is slightly textured and is a richer gold color than the second state's endpapers.
Also note that the book club edition also states first edition and has a full number line. But it states April 1991 rather than March 1991, and the boards are cheaper black paper.
Picture of the 1991 first edition dust jacket for The Firm.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Firm.
Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for The Firm.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Firm.
This is the first state boards for The Firm.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Firm.
The first state of The Firm has gold endpapers that were slightly textured. The second state endpapers are beige.
The book on the bottom of this picture is the first state boards for The Firm. The book on top of it is the second state boards.
The book club edition also states first edition and has a full number line. But it states April 1991 rather than March 1991. The boards are also cheaper black paper.
The book club edition has a cheap black paper binding.
Other first edition points for books by John Grisham include: The Pelican Brief, The Client.
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