First Edition Points and Criteria for The Adventures of Augie March

Year Published: 1953
Author Last Name: Bellow
Author First Name: Saul
Publisher: Viking Press
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 536

"Published by The Viking Press in September 1953" is stated on the copyright page with no statement of subsequent printings. First state book has orange top stain and "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY THE VAIL-BALLOU PRESS, INC." on the bottom of the copyright page. Boards are grey and black with orange decorations and titles. Dust jacket has $4.50 price on the upper corner of the front flap with no statement of subsequent printings. The back flap of the first state dust jacket has advertisement for THE SHORT NOVELS OF JOHN STEINBECK and no reviews.

The Adventures of Augie March won the National Book Award. This book is also one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include Invisible Man and Lolita

Picture of the 1953 first edition dust jacket for The Adventures of Augie March.
Picture of the 1953 first edition dust jacket for The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Adventures of Augie March.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of dust jacket where original $4.50 price is found for The Adventures of Augie
Picture of dust jacket where original $4.50 price is found for The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Adventures of Augie March.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of the first edition Viking Press boards for The Adventures of Augie March.
Picture of the first edition Viking Press boards for The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Adventures of Augie
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Adventures of Augie March.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Adventures of Augie March.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Adventures of Augie March.

Identification picture of The Adventures of Augie March.



Other first edition points for books by Saul Bellow include: Humboldt's Gift, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Herzog.

\"Humboldt's \"Mr. \"Herzog" 

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