First Edition Points and Criteria for The Able McLaughlins

Year Published: 1923
Author Last Name: Wilson
Author First Name: Margaret
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 263

"First Edition" and "H-X" (the code for August 1923) is stated on the copyright page. Boards are brick red cloth with gold lettering.

The dust jacket states "WINNER of the HARPER PRIZE NOVEL CONTEST" on the front, which it won before it was published. The Able McLaughlins is in fact the first winner of the Harper Prize. The back of the dust jacket has advertisements for four "New Novels" - Lummox, The Red-Blood, The Loving Are the Daring, and One of the Guilty. The back dust jacket flap has an advertisement for The Invisible Gods by Edith Franklin Wyatt, and a Book-Sellers' Reorder Coupon that can be clipped from the bottom corner.

The Able McLaughlins won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1923 first edition dust jacket for The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the 1923 first edition dust jacket for The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of the first edition Harper & Brothers boards for The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the first edition Harper & Brothers boards for The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Able McLaughlins.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Able McLaughlins.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Able McLaughlins.

This image shows the first issue dust jacket flap with the Book-Sellers' Reorder
This image shows the first issue dust jacket flap with the Book-Sellers' Reorder Coupon on the rear flap. Thank you James Cahill/Rare Books, Inc.

This is the the second issue dust jacket that contains the same book reviews on the back
This is the the second issue dust jacket that contains the same book reviews on the back panel as the first issue, but lacks the Book-Sellers' Reorder Coupon on the rear flap. Also note the 50th Thousand stamp, and Pulitzer Novel Prize sticker on the front that are clear indicators of a later issue jacket.



Other first edition points for books by Margaret Wilson include: The Kenworthys.

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