The first edition of this nice read was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992. It was 524 pages long, and the original retail price was $23.00. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no statements of subsequent printings. Dust Jacket is transparent with price of $23.00 and three review blurbs by John Grisham, Jay McInerney, and Ruth Rendell.
Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for The Secret History.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Secret History.
Picture of dust jacket where original $23.00 price is found for The Secret History.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Secret History.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for The Secret History.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Secret History.
We have run across two possible variations of the first edition. Both books in this photo are first printings. The one on the left has a yellow tone, and the one on the right has a gray tone. We have also observed the yellow tone on second printings, and based on this we believe that the gray tone preceeds the yellow tone.
Other first edition points for books by Donna Tartt include: The Goldfinch, Het puttertje.
Disclaimer: This website is intended to help guide you and give you insight into what to look for when identifying first editions. The information is compiled from the experience of reputable collectors and dealers in the industry. Gathering and updating information about these books is more an art than a science, and new identication criteria and points of issue are sometimes discovered that may contradict currently accepted identification points. This means that the information presented here may not always be 100% accurate.