First Edition Points and Criteria for The Joy Luck Club

Year Published: 1989
Author Last Name: Tan
Author First Name: Amy
Publisher: Putnam
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 288

Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10" and ISBN 0-399-13420-4. Boards are gray with blue/green spine. Dust jacket has price of $18.95 with $26.50 Canadian price beneath it on the upper corner of the front flap. Back of dust jacket has four review blurbs. The first review is presented apart from the others toward the top with an asterisk, and there is a citation on the bottom indicating that Publishers Weekly is the source of that review. The other three reviews are listed together and the sources are Alice Walker, Alice Hoffman, and Louise Erdrich. Back dust jacket flap lists the publisher's address as 200 Madison Avenue.

Note: The publisher released a new edition around 2015 that looks similar to the original true first edition. The copyright page on this new edition also has a full number line, and the dust jacket has the same design and the same four reviews as the original. The main differences are: the number line on the copyright page runs in reverse (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1); the copyright page has the Putnam and Penguin logos on top and a differnt ISBN (978-0-399-13420-3) near the number line; the dust jacket is priced at $15.00 on the back (on the bar code) rather than on the front flap; and the publisher's address is missing on the back dust jacket flap.

Picture of the 1989 first edition dust jacket for The Joy Luck Club.
Picture of the 1989 first edition dust jacket for The Joy Luck Club.

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Identification picture of The Joy Luck Club.

Identification picture of The Joy Luck Club.

Identification picture of The Joy Luck Club.

Identification picture of The Joy Luck Club.

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