Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

2003

The Kite Runner

Hosseini, Khaled

Riverhead Books

$24.95

324

Copyright page has number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are green with black cloth spine. The back of the dust jacket has a letter from the publisher and no other reviews.

There is some question as to whether the U.S. or UK edition is the true first. We believe that the U.S. edition is the true first for the following reasons: The publisher of the UK edition was Bloomsbury, and their website says that the Kite Runner was first published in the UK in September 2003. As for the U.S. edition; there is a code on the dust jacket flap that says "0306", which means it was printed in June 2003. This suggests that the American edition precedes the UK version by three months. Also, in the bookÝs Acknowledgements, Hosseini writes the following: "I would like to thank Susan Petersen Kennedy [President of Penguin Group (USA) and Publisher of Riverhead Books] for taking a chance on this book and the hardworking staff at Riverhead for laboring over it."



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Picture of the 2003 first edition dust jacket for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the 2003 first edition dust jacket for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Kite Runner.

Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Kite Runner.

Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Kite Runner.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Kite Runner.

Picture of the first edition Riverhead Books boards for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the first edition Riverhead Books boards for The Kite Runner.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Kite Runner.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Kite Runner.

Identification picture of The Kite Runner.
This is the bottom of the front flap of Riverhead's first edition dust jacket.  The

This is the bottom of the front flap of Riverhead's first edition dust jacket. The "0306" code means that the dust jacket was printed in June 2003.

This is a screen shot from the <A

This is a screen shot from the Bloomsbury website. It states that The Kite Runner was "first published in the UK in September 2003".



Other first edition points for books by Khaled Hosseini include: A Thousand Splendid Suns.

 


Gabriel
April 11, 2011, 12:47 pm
I have a copy of this book that I believe to be a first edition (the title page is identical to the picture above) and not a BCE, but the dust jacket is different. Rather than the publishers letter on the back cover, there are 11 one to two word blurbs from various news sources. Everything else about the jacket is identical (although the inside flaps are more of a cream/yellow color than the ones in the photos). Is this a 2nd state dust jacket maybe?
Tom
April 12, 2011, 7:19 am
The jacket with reviews is found on later printings. Two likely explanations of why you have a later issue jacket is that perhaps the publisher started putting the later issue jackets on first printings, or someone married a later printing jacket to your first printing book.
Gabriel
April 13, 2011, 8:38 am
Thank you Tom. I was only able to locate a handful of copies online and none of the first printings seem to have this jacket. I'm leaning toward the latter explanation.


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