"PUBLISHED IN 1957 BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC." is stated on the copyright page with no other references to subsequent printings. "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY THE COLONIAL PRESS INC." is stated on the bottom of the copyright page. "ON THE ROAD" is printed in white on the front of the book. Dust jacket says "ON THE ROAD $3.95" at the top of the inside front flap, and has blue and red bands at the top and bottom of the rear panel.
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george o brien
May 27, 2008, 8:29 am
I have an exact copy like this but with no price mark on it.
Does that mean its not a 1st?
May 27, 2008, 10:00 am
Is the section where the price is supposed to be clipped off? Or is the price simply not printed where it is supposed to be? Also, does the front of the book say "ON THE ROAD" in white letters like it does in the fifth photo?
July 27, 2008, 11:25 am
I have the same thing -- an exact copy, but with no price printed on the inside dust jacket. It isn't clipped off, just not there. Also, the front cover does not have 'ON THE ROAD' in white lettering, and on the copyright page it just says "Printed in the U.S.A. and does not say "by colonial press". Figure it must be a copy, but not sure who would have made it or why. I can send hi-res pics if that would help. Thanks in advance...
October 3, 2008, 3:50 pm
I have a copy that is EXACTLY like Richard's. No price on the inside flap, no mention of Colonial Press, and no ON THE ROAD on the front of the actual book. Everything else is perfect. So strange, what does this mean? Thanks.
October 4, 2008, 8:01 am
The books you are describing are reprints made after the first edition. Probably book club editions.
November 18, 2009, 10:25 pm
I believe these are "facsimile" editions
April 9, 2010, 8:32 am
The books Richard and Sonny describe don't fit the First Editions Library, as their marks are absent. Also, no reference to Book Club anywhere. Does anybody have any idea of how much these reprints might be worth?
April 9, 2010, 11:46 am
Many book club editions had no references to being book clubs. I have the same copy you are describing. It is either a book club or a reprint. I don't think they hold much value. Collectors want the first edition.
March 3, 2011, 9:29 am
hello, i have a stated second printing book (red top stain) with a weird dust-jacket.
the front flap has the $3.95 price on it but not a printing statement. on the back there are critic reviews from millstein, nichols, boroff, algren, dalas, morning news and dempsey. the jacket doesn't look like it is either a facsimile or a book-club. i have attached some pics.
please help me solve this mystery.
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