"FIRST EDITION" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are gray paper with silver lettering on a black cloth spine. 350 copies of the first edition were issued with a special signed limitation page tipped in, and were published as "boxed copies" in maroon slipcases instead of dust jackets.
The back of the first edition dust jacket has the following quote from the book: "The reason the stonemason's trade remains esoteric above all others is that the foundation and hearth are the soul of human society and it is that soul that the false mason threatens.
So. It's not the mortar that holds the work together. What holds the stone trues the wall as well and I've seen him check his fourfoot wooden level with a plumb bob and then break the level over the wall and call for a new one. Not in anger, but only to safeguard the true. To safeguard it everywhere. He says that to a man who's never laid a stone that there's nothing you can tell him. Even the truth would be wrong."
Picture of the 1994 first edition dust jacket for The Stonemason.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Stonemason.
Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for The Stonemason.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Stonemason.
Picture of the first edition Ecco Press boards for The Stonemason.
This is the title page from The Stonemason.
This is ones of the 350 "boxed copies" of the first edition. It has a special signed limitation page tipped in, and was issued in maroon slipcase.
This is the special signed limitation page from one of the 350 "boxed copies" of The Stonemason. It was numbered and signed by Cormac McCarthy.
The "boxed copies" of The Stonemason were issued in maroon slipcases instead of dust jackets.
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