The first edition of this popular work was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1958. It was 466 pages long, and the original retail price was $5.00. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Boards are red cloth with tan cloth spine, and black top stain. Author's initials are on the front in black. Title on spine is white on blue, author name is white on red, and publisher is white on black. Photo and biography of the author is on the back panel of the dust jacket.
Picture of the 1958 first edition dust jacket for The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of dust jacket where original $5.00 price is found for The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Hard Blue Sky.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Hard Blue Sky.
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