The first edition of this classic John Steinbeck book was published by Viking in 1947. It was 122 pages long, and the original retail price was $2.00 . The first edition identification criteria are as follows: PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS IN DECEMBER 1947 is stated on the copyright page with no references to later printings. The dust jacket has price of $2.00 on the upper corner of the front flap. First issue dust jacket has Steinbeck on the back panel looking toward his left (toward the bookÝs spine).
Picture of the 1947 first edition dust jacket for The Pearl.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Pearl.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for The Pearl.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Pearl.
Picture of the first edition Viking boards for The Pearl.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Pearl.
First issue dust jacket (on the left) has Steinbeck on the back panel looking toward his left (toward the book's spine). Notice that only one of his ears is visible. The second issue dust jacket (on the right) has Steinbeck looking to his right (away from the book's spine). Both ears are visible.
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