The first edition of this National Book Award winner was published by Little, Brown and Company in 1984. It was 277 pages long, and the original retail price was $15.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent printings. Boards are light brown with dark brown spine and gold lettering. Back of dust jacket has no mention of any awards, and has three reviews - The London Times Literary Suppliment, The Washington Post, and Harper's.
Victory Over Japan won the National Book Award.
Picture of the 1984 first edition dust jacket for Victory Over Japan.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Victory Over Japan.
Picture of dust jacket where original $15.95 price is found for Victory Over Japan.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Victory Over Japan.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown and Company boards for Victory Over Japan.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Victory Over Japan.
Picture of the first edition title page for Victory Over Japan.
The book on the left is the first issue dust jacket with the three reviews. The book on the right is the second issue jacket with only two reviews and a reference to winning the "American Book Award".
Other first edition points for books by Ellen Gilchrist include: The Annunciation.
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