"First Edition: September 2005" is stated in the middle of the copyright page, with full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on the bottom. Boards are black paper with silver lettering on the spine. The author's first name is not present on the book spine, nor the dust jacket spine. Dust jacket lacks any critical reviews or bestseller touts. The price on the front dust jacket flap is $17.99, and there is no mention of the author's web site - www.stepheniemeyer.com on the back flap.
There is an error on page 466 where line 12 begins with "umidity" rather than "humidity". However, this is not a first edition point because it is found on all first printings and persists through at least the twelfth printing.
There is also a Scholastic Edition where the book, including the copyright page, is identical to the first edition. The only discernible differences between this edition and the true first are found on the dust jacket. The dust jacket on the Scholastic edition lacks a price on the front flap, and the back panel says "Special Scholastic Edition".
Note: Later printings have approximately 533 pages rather than the 498 pages in the first edition, and this is due the insertion of a "sneak peek" portion of the sequel, New Moon. This new material may account for why the number of pages tends to vary on seller listings.
Other Publication information: The first edition copyright page of Twilight states that Little, Brown and Company was part of the Time Warner Book Group. The book group was sold to Hachette shortly after the first edition. Consequently, later printings will state "Hachette Book Group USA".
Picture of the 2005 first edition dust jacket for Twilight.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Twilight.
Picture of dust jacket where original $17.99 price is found for Twilight.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Twilight.
Picture of the first edition Little, Brown and Company (Megan Tingley Books) boards for Twilight.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Twilight.
Picture of the first edition title page for Twilight.
This is the error found on page 466. Line 12 begins with "umidity" rather than "humidity". It is found on all first printings and persists through at least the twelfth printing. As such it is not a first edition point. We mention it here for clarification, because some booksellers will make note of this error, and some will not.
The first issue jacket has a U.S. price of $17.99 like the one on the right. The jacket on the left is from a twelfth printing. It carries an increased U.S. price of $18.99. Notice too that the Canadian price actually decreased on later printings. This is due to the decline of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar.
The dust jacket on the left of this photo is from a true first edition. It carries just a simple blurb by the publisher. Notice that there are no critical reviews nor bestseller tours. The jacket on the right of this photo is from a twelfth printing. I carries the same publisher blurb, but it also has a red box with reviews and touts.
The book spine of the first edition lacks the author's first name. It was added to later printings, but at this point we are not sure exactly when.
The back flap of the first edition lacks any reference to the author's website - stephaniemeyer.com
The dust jacket spine of the first edition lacks the author's first name. But it is not clear at this time when the first name was added. The book used for comparison was a twelfth printing.
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