First Edition Points and Criteria for Collected Stories of William Faulkner

Year Published: 1950
Author Last Name: Faulkner
Author First Name: William
Publisher: Random House
Original Price: $4.75
Pages: 900

FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. The title page has blue highlights over the book title. Boards are gray cloth with blue top stain. The spine of the book has an error where there is a "The" above "Collected Stories of William Faulkner". It's worth noting that the dust jacket DOES NOT have this error - the spine on the dust jacket lacks the "The".

Note: The book club edition also say FIRST PRINTING, but the title page lacks blue highlights, the word "The" is omitted on the spine, the top stain is lacking, and there is usually a very small blind stamp on the bottom corner of the back board. Also beware of book club or later printing dust jackets married to first printing books. The dust jacket should have the $4.75 price on the upper corner of the front flap, and the dust jacket should be the same size as the book.

Collected Stories of William Faulkner won the National Book Award.

Picture of the 1950 first edition dust jacket for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.
Picture of the 1950 first edition dust jacket for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of dust jacket where original $4.75 price is found for Collected Stories of
Picture of dust jacket where original $4.75 price is found for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Collected Stories of William
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of the first edition Random House boards for Collected Stories of William
Picture of the first edition Random House boards for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Collected Stories of
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

Picture of the first edition title page for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.
Picture of the first edition title page for Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

The true first edition of Collect Stories of William Faulkner has blue top stain as shown
The true first edition of Collect Stories of William Faulkner has blue top stain as shown in this photo.

The book on the left in this picture is the true first edition with the "The" error on
The book on the left in this picture is the true first edition with the "The" error on the spine. The book club edition on the right does not have the error.

In this picture the true first edition is lying on top of the book club edition.  Notice
In this picture the true first edition is lying on top of the book club edition. Notice the small blind stamp on the book club edition, and notice that the cloth is higher quality on the true first.

The title page on the left is from the true first edition of Collected Stories of William
The title page on the left is from the true first edition of Collected Stories of William Faulkner. Notice the blue highlights. The title page on the right is from the book club edition.

The first edition dust jacket DOES NOT have the "The" error on the spine.  The error is
The first edition dust jacket DOES NOT have the "The" error on the spine. The error is only present on the spine of the book itself.



Other first edition points for books by William Faulkner include: A Fable, The Reivers, Requiem for a Nun, Absalom, Absalom!, The Mansion.

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