The first edition of this classic Bernard Malamud book was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in 1952. It was 237 pages long, and the original retail price was $3.00 . The first edition identification criteria are as follows: first edition is stated on the copyright page. Issued with red, blue, and gray boards (none has been prioritized as first issue.)
The Natural is classified in the following category: Sports
Picture of the 1952 first edition dust jacket for The Natural.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Natural.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.00 price is found for The Natural.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Natural.
Picture of the first edition Harcourt, Brace and Company boards for The Natural.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Natural.
Here is a rare photo of three first editions of The Natural, each in the variant color bindings. Photo compliments of Between The Covers.
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