First Edition Points and Criteria for The Spectator Bird

Year Published: 1976
Author Last Name: Stegner
Author First Name: Wallace
Publisher: Franklin Library
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Pages: 267

The first edition was published by The Franklin Library as a limited first edition under special arrangement with Doubleday. Doubleday published the first trade edition. The Franklin Library edition has green leather binding, and a special page that says it is the limited first edition and that it has been privately printed exclusively for members of The First Edition Society.

The Spectator Bird won the National Book Award.

This is the limited first edition published by the Franklin Library.
This is the limited first edition published by the Franklin Library.

This is the copyright page of the limited first edition.
This is the copyright page of the limited first edition.

The limited first edition is bound in leather and has a raised spine.
The limited first edition is bound in leather and has a raised spine.

This is a picture of the title page of the limited first edition.
This is a picture of the title page of the limited first edition.

This page says that it is the limited first edition and that it has been privately
This page says that it is the limited first edition and that it has been privately printed exclusevely for Members of The First Edition Society.

This page has a special message about the book from Wallace Stegner.  This message does
This page has a special message about the book from Wallace Stegner. This message does not appear in the trade edition.

This is the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.
This is the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.

This is the copyright page from the first trade edition.  It states that a limited
This is the copyright page from the first trade edition. It states that a limited edition was privately printed.

This is the front dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird
This is the front dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.

This is the back of the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.
This is the back of the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.

This is the boards from the first trade edition.
This is the boards from the first trade edition.

This is the back dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.
This is the back dust jacket flap from the first trade edition of The Spectator Bird.

This is the title page from the first trade edition.
This is the title page from the first trade edition.



Other first edition points for books by Wallace Stegner include: Angle of Repose.

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