First Edition Points and Criteria for The Peter Principle

Year Published: 1969
Author Last Name: Peter
Author First Name: Laurence J.
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Original Price: $4.95
Pages: 179

There are no dots underneath the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number on the copyright page, and no references to subsequent printings. Boards are red with gold lettering on a black cloth spine, with red top stain and yellow endpapers. Dust jacket contains no reviews, and the jacket design credit by S. A. Summit is found on the bottom of the front flap.

Later printings lack the red top stain, and are noted by dots under the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number on the copyright page. Later issue dust jackets have reviews by Richard Armour and Charles Schulz on the front flap, and R. Buckminster Fuller on the back flap. Later issue dust jackets also have the jacket design credit on the back flap.

Picture of the 1969 first edition dust jacket for The Peter Principle.
Picture of the 1969 first edition dust jacket for The Peter Principle.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Peter Principle.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Peter Principle.

Picture of dust jacket where original $4.95 price is found for The Peter Principle.
Picture of dust jacket where original $4.95 price is found for The Peter Principle.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Peter Principle.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Peter Principle.

Picture of the first edition William Morrow and Company boards for The Peter Principle.
Picture of the first edition William Morrow and Company boards for The Peter Principle.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Peter Principle.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Peter Principle.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Peter Principle.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Peter Principle.

The true first edition of The Peter Principle has red top stain.
The true first edition of The Peter Principle has red top stain.

The copyright page on the left is from a fourth or (or possible a fifth) printing.  Note
The copyright page on the left is from a fourth or (or possible a fifth) printing. Note the dots under the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number. The copyright page on the right is from a true first printing. It lacks any dots under the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number.

The front dust jacket flap on the left is from a later issue dust jacket.  The front dust
The front dust jacket flap on the left is from a later issue dust jacket. The front dust jacket flap on the right is from the true first edition. Note that the first issue flap contains the jacket credit by S. A. Summitt, and lacks the quotes by Richard Armour and Charles Shultz.

The back dust jacket flap on the left is from a later issue dust jacket.  The back dust
The back dust jacket flap on the left is from a later issue dust jacket. The back dust jacket flap on the right is from the true first edition. Note that the first issue flap lacks the quote by R. Buckminster Fuller and also lacks the jacket credit by S. A. Summitt, which is found on the front flap.

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