First Edition Points and Criteria for The Godfather

Year Published: 1969
Author Last Name: Puzo
Author First Name: Mario
Publisher: Putnam
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 446

Copyright page states Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 69-11465 on the top, and printed by American Book-Stratford Press on the bottom, with no statements of additional impressions. Boards are white with a gold design on the front of a hand holding puppet strings, and gold lettering on a black cloth spine. Endpapers are brick-red. The first issue dust jacket is the same through at least the eight printing (the publisher uses the term "impression" instead of printing). The front and back of the dust jacket have the same design, and lack any reviews. The front flap of the dust jacket has a price on the top, and 6903 on the bottom which indicates the book was published in March of 1969. The back flap has three reviews for The Dark Arena, and two reviews for The Fortunate Pilgrim (including one by Joseph Heller.)

Picture of the 1969 first edition dust jacket for The Godfather.
Picture of the 1969 first edition dust jacket for The Godfather.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Godfather.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Godfather.

Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for The Godfather.
Picture of dust jacket where original $6.95 price is found for The Godfather.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Godfather.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Godfather.

Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for The Godfather.
Picture of the first edition Putnam boards for The Godfather.

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

Picture of the first edition title page for The Godfather.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Godfather.

The only other works that should be noted on the first edition is THE FORTUNATE PILGRIM
The only other works that should be noted on the first edition is THE FORTUNATE PILGRIM and DARK ARENA.



Other first edition points for books by Mario Puzo include: The Fortunate Pilgrim.

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