First Edition Points and Criteria for Patriot Games

Year Published: 1987
Author Last Name: Clancy
Author First Name: Tom
Publisher: Putnam
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 540

Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". Boards are light gray with off-white cloth spine and gold lettering. Back of dust jacket has seven reviews, and ISBN 0-399-13241-4 on the bottom corner. The book is 9.25 inches tall, and approximately 6.5 inches across.

The first state has the following errors that were corrected at some point within the first printing: The last line on page 227 is repeated on the first line of page 228. The bottom of page 228 is missing the line "Information—it's all a battle for information. You have to know". The last line on page 230 is repeated on the first line of page 231. The bottom of page 232 is missing the line "I can't say."

The book club edition is smaller, it lacks a price on the jacket flap, and does not have the proper ISBN on the back of the dust jacket.

Picture of the 1987 first edition dust jacket for Patriot Games.
Picture of the 1987 first edition dust jacket for Patriot Games.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Patriot Games.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Patriot Games.

Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for Patriot Games.
Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for Patriot Games.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Patriot Games.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Patriot Games.

Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for Patriot Games.
Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for Patriot Games.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Patriot Games.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Patriot Games.

Picture of the first edition title page for Patriot Games.
Picture of the first edition title page for Patriot Games.

Identification picture of Patriot Games.

Tom Clancy's signature.
Tom Clancy's signature.

Many of the first state books came with an Errata that describes five errors.  The last
Many of the first state books came with an Errata that describes five errors. The last four of these errors were fixed in the second state.

The last line on page 227 is repeated on the first line of page 228 on the first state of
The last line on page 227 is repeated on the first line of page 228 on the first state of Patriot Games. This one was hand-corrected by the previous owner.

The bottom of page 228 is missing the line "Information—it's all a battle for
The bottom of page 228 is missing the line "Information—it's all a battle for information. You have to know" on the first state. This copy was hand-corrected by the previous owner.

The last line on page 230 is repeated on the first line of page 231 on the first state of
The last line on page 230 is repeated on the first line of page 231 on the first state of Patriot Games. This copy was hand-corrected by the previous owner.

The bottom of page 232 is missing the line "I can't say."  This copy of Patriot Games
The bottom of page 232 is missing the line "I can't say." This copy of Patriot Games was hand-corrected by the previous owner.



Other first edition points for books by Tom Clancy include: The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising.

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