First Edition Points and Criteria for Watership Down (U.S.)

Year Published: 1972
Author Last Name: Adams
Author First Name: Richard
Publisher: Macmillan
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 429

The true first edition was published by Rex Collings, London. Below is the first American edition published by Macmillan. The copyright page has the full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The back of the dust jacket has only British reviews (later printings have British and American reviews).

This is the first American edition dust jacket.
This is the first American edition dust jacket.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Watership Down (U.S.).
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Watership Down (U.S.).

Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for Watership Down (U.S.).
Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for Watership Down (U.S.).

Identification picture of Watership Down (U.S.).

Identification picture of Watership Down (U.S.).

Here is a comparison of the first and second printing dust jacket backs.  The book on the
Here is a comparison of the first and second printing dust jacket backs. The book on the left is a second printing. the book on the right is a first printing.

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