First Edition Points and Criteria for Chimera

Year Published: 1972
Author Last Name: Barth
Author First Name: John
Publisher: Random House
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 308

The true first edition was a special signed edition limited to 300 copies published by Random House. It has red cloth boards and silver lettering. It was issued with a gray paper covered slip case.

Below is the first trade edition with First Edition stated directly below the full Random House number line of "9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ". The dust jacket has a price of $6.95 and a photo of the author on the back with no blurbs.

Chimera won the National Book Award.

Picture of the 1972 first edition dust jacket for Chimera.
Picture of the 1972 first edition dust jacket for Chimera.

Identification picture of Chimera.

Identification picture of Chimera.

Identification picture of Chimera.

Identification picture of Chimera.

Identification picture of Chimera.

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