The first edition of this classic Colleen McCullough book was published by Harper and Row in 1977. It was 533 pages long, and the original retail price was $9.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated in the middle of the text on the copyright page. The bottom of the copyright page has the full number line 77 78 79 80 81 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The dust jacket has price of $9.95 in the upper right of the front flap, and 0577 at the bottom of the front flap.
Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for The Thorn Birds.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Thorn Birds.
Picture of dust jacket where original $9.95 price is found for The Thorn Birds.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Thorn Birds.
Picture of the first edition Harper and Row boards for The Thorn Birds.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Thorn Birds.
This is Colleen McCullough's signature.
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