The FEdPo classics are a list of the books we feel are either established classics or will be future classics. These are first editions that are worthwhile owning today, and we believe should increase in value in the years to come.

Here are the books in the Classics category. Click on a thumbnail to see first edition criteria (and photos).

Year

Title

Author

Publisher



Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms

1903


 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms
1903 is stated on the bottom of the title page and "Published October 1903"  (more...)

Last: Wiggin
First: Kate Douglas

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $1.25
Pages: 327

The Age of Innocence

1920


 

The Age of Innocence
Title page and copyright page both say 1920 with no statements of subsequent  (more...)

Last: Wharton
First: Edith

Pulitzer Prize

Appleton and Company
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 365

Babbitt

1922


 

Babbitt
Copyright page states "Copyright, 1922, by Harcourt, Brace, and Company,  (more...)

Last: Lewis
First: Sinclair

 

Harcourt, Brace and Company
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 401

The Great Gatsby

1925


 

The Great Gatsby
Title page says 1925. Copyright page has Charles Scribner's Sons logo (SEAL)  (more...)

Last: Fitzgerald
First: F. Scott

 

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 218

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

1927


 

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The first U.S. edition was published in November, 1927. There were between  (more...)

Last: Wilder
First: Thornton

Pulitzer Prize

Albert & Charles Boni
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 235

All Quiet on the Western Front

1929


 

All Quiet on the Western Front
The true first edition was published in germany. Below is the first American  (more...)

Last: Remarque
First: Erich Maria

 

Little Brown and Company
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 291

A Farewell to Arms

1929


 

A Farewell to Arms
The first edition was limited to 510 signed copies issued in a slipcase. The  (more...)

Last: Hemingway
First: Ernest

 

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 355

Moby Dick (Illustrated by Rockwell Kent)

1930


 

Moby Dick (Illustrated by Rockwell Kent)
This is not the 1851 true first edition. Rather, this is the 1930 edition  (more...)

Last: Melville
First: Herman

 

Random House
Pages: 822

Ulysses (American Edition)

1934


 

Ulysses (American Edition)
The true first edition of Ulysses was published in 1922 by Shakespeare and  (more...)

Last: Joyce
First: James

 

Random House
Original Price: 3.50
Pages: 768

Gone with the Wind

1936


 

Gone with the Wind
The copyright page states "Published May, 1936" with no other printing  (more...)

Last: Mitchell
First: Margaret

Pulitzer Prize

Macmillan
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 1037

Absalom, Absalom!

1936


 

Absalom, Absalom!
The true first was a signed edition limited to 300 copies. The book has half  (more...)

Last: Faulkner
First: William

 

Random House
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 384

How to Win Friends and Influence People

1936


 

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Date on the bottom of title page matches the 1936 copyright page date. The  (more...)

Last: Carnegie
First: Dale

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 337

Of Mice And Men

1937


 

Of Mice And Men
The first Issue of the first printing has the word "and only moved because  (more...)

Last: Steinbeck
First: John

 

Covici Friede
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 186

The Hobbit

1937


 

The Hobbit
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1937 is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: Tolkien
First: J.R.R.

 

George Allen & Unwin
Pages: 310

Christ in Concrete

1937


 

Christ in Concrete
The true first edition was printed in book form in 1937 by Esquire Inc. after  (more...)

Last: Di Donato
First: Pietro

 

Esquire Inc.
Pages: 41

The Yearling

1938


 

The Yearling
The first printing has the letter "A" and Scribner's seal on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Rawlings
First: Marjorie Kinnan

Pulitzer Prize

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 428

Out of Africa

1938


 

Out of Africa
Below is the first American edition. It states "First Edition" on the  (more...)

Last: Dinesen
First: Isak

 

Random House
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 389

The Grapes of Wrath

1939


 

The Grapes of Wrath
First printings have a single statement on the copyright page that says  (more...)

Last: Steinbeck
First: John

Pulitzer Prize

Viking
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 619

For Whom the Bell Tolls

1940


 

For Whom the Bell Tolls
The first edition has an "A" on the copyright page. However, there is some  (more...)

Last: Hemingway
First: Ernest

 

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 471

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

1940


 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
1940 is stated on both the title page and the copyright page. Binding is  (more...)

Last: McCullers
First: Carson

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 356

The Fountainhead

1943


 

The Fountainhead
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Binding is red cloth with  (more...)

Last: Rand
First: Ayn

 

Bobbs-Merrill
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 754

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

1943


 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page above "D-S" and below "8-43".  (more...)

Last: Smith
First: Betty

 

Harper and Brothers
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 443

Cannery Row

1945


 

Cannery Row
First Published by The Viking Press in January 1945 is stated on the  (more...)

Last: Steinbeck
First: John

 

Viking
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 208

All the King's Men

1946


 

All the King's Men
"first edition" is stated on copyright page. Boards are maroon. 1st state  (more...)

Last: Warren
First: Robert Penn

Pulitzer Prize

Harcourt Brace and Company
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 464

Tales of the South Pacific

1947


 

Tales of the South Pacific
"First Printing" is stated on the top of the copyright page. Printed by "THE  (more...)

Last: Michener
First: James A.

Pulitzer Prize

Macmillan
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 326

The Pearl

1947


 

The Pearl
PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS IN DECEMBER 1947 is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Steinbeck
First: John

 

Viking
Original Price: $2.00
Pages: 122

The Naked and the Dead

1948


 

The Naked and the Dead
Copyright page has the Rinehart logo (a circle with a script R in the  (more...)

Last: Mailer
First: Norman

 

Rinehart and Company
Original Price: $4.00
Pages: 721

Raintree County

1948


 

Raintree County
1948 is stated on the title page. Binding is green cloth with no  (more...)

Last: Lockridge
First: Ross

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 1066

Other Voices, Other Rooms

1948


 

Other Voices, Other Rooms
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the top of the copyright page. Binding is beige  (more...)

Last: Capote
First: Truman

 

Random House
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 231

Nineteen Eighty-Four

1949


 

Nineteen Eighty-Four
The true first edition was published in London by Secker & Warburg. It is  (more...)

Last: Orwell
First: George

 

Harcourt
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 314

Death of a Salesman

1949


 

Death of a Salesman
Copyright page states "PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC. IN MARCH 1949" on  (more...)

Last: Miller
First: Arthur

Pulitzer Prize

Viking
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 139

The Caine Mutiny

1951


 

The Caine Mutiny
"First Edition" is stated on the bottom left corner of the copyright page.  (more...)

Last: Wouk
First: Herman

Pulitzer Prize

Doubleday & Company
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 494

From Here to Eternity

1951


 

From Here to Eternity
The first edition was a limited edition with an extra page for the signature.  (more...)

Last: Jones
First: James

National Book Award

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 861

The Catcher in the Rye

1951


 

The Catcher in the Rye
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Black cloth decoratively  (more...)

Last: Salinger
First: J.D.

 

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 277

The Old Man and the Sea

1952


 

The Old Man and the Sea
The first printing has the letter "A" and Scribner's seal on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Hemingway
First: Ernest

Pulitzer Prize

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 140

The Natural

1952


 

The Natural
first edition is stated on the copyright page. Issued with red, blue, and  (more...)

Last: Malamud
First: Bernard

 

Harcourt, Brace and Company
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 237

Invisible Man

1952


 

Invisible Man
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. binding is beige and black  (more...)

Last: Ellison
First: Ralph

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 439

East of Eden

1952


 

East of Eden
The true first is a signed limited first edition of only 1500 copies signed  (more...)

Last: Steinbeck
First: John

 

Viking
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 602

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

1952


 

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The true first edition was printed in Amsterdam in 1947.

Below is the  (more...)

Last: Frank
First: Anne

 

Doubleday and Company
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 281

Go Tell it on the Mountain

1953


 

Go Tell it on the Mountain
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. (more...)

Last: Baldwin
First: James

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 303

The Adventures of Augie March

1953


 

The Adventures of Augie March
"Published by The Viking Press in September 1953" is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Bellow
First: Saul

National Book Award

Viking Press
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 536

Profiles In Courage

1955


 

Profiles In Courage
The true first edition carries FIRST EDITION and M-E (December 1955) on  (more...)

Last: Kennedy
First: John F.

Pulitzer Prize

Harper & Brothers
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 266

Lolita

1955


 

Lolita
The true first edition was published as a two book soft cover set by the  (more...)

Last: Nabokov
First: Vladimir

 

Olympia Press
Original Price: 900 Francs
Pages: 188,223

Gift from the Sea

1955


 

Gift from the Sea
Copyright pages states "Copyright 1955 by Anne Morrow Lindbergh" with no  (more...)

Last: Lindbergh
First: Anne Morrow

 

Pantheon
Original Price: $2.75
Pages: 128

On the Road

1957


 

On the Road
"PUBLISHED IN 1957 BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC." is stated on the copyright page  (more...)

Last: Kerouac
First: Jack

 

Viking
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 310

Atlas Shrugged

1957


 

Atlas Shrugged
First Printing is stated on the copyright page. Boards are green cloth with  (more...)

Last: Rand
First: Ayn

 

Random House
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 1168

Breakfast at Tiffany's

1958


 

Breakfast at Tiffany's
First Printing is stated on the copyright page. Yellow cloth boards with  (more...)

Last: Capote
First: Truman

 

Random House
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 179

Doctor Zhivago (UK)

1958


 

Doctor Zhivago (UK)
Doctor Zhivago was first published (in Italian) by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli  (more...)

Last: Pasternak
First: Boris

 

Collins and Harvill Press
Original Price: 21s. net
Pages: 510

The Manchurian Candidate

1959


 

The Manchurian Candidate
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket has price of  (more...)

Last: Condon
First: Richard

 

McGraw-Hill Book Company
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 311

To Kill a Mockingbird

1960


 

To Kill a Mockingbird
This book is in high demand. Approximately 5,000 first printings were  (more...)

Last: Lee
First: Harper

Pulitzer Prize

Lippincott
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 296

A Separate Peace (U.S.)

1960


 

A Separate Peace (U.S.)
The true first edition was published in the UK by Secker and Warburg. Below  (more...)

Last: Knowles
First: John

 

Macmillan
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 186

Catch-22

1961


 

Catch-22
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Book is blue cloth with  (more...)

Last: Heller
First: Joseph

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 443

The Moviegoer

1961


 

The Moviegoer
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Boards are slate blue with  (more...)

Last: Percy
First: Walker

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 242

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1962


 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
"Published in 1962 by The Viking Press" stated on middle of copyright page  (more...)

Last: Kesey
First: Ken

 

Viking
Original Price: $4.95
Pages: 311

The Tin Drum

1962


 

The Tin Drum
This is the first American edition of the author's first novel. No additional  (more...)

Last: Grass
First: Gunter

 

Pantheon
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 592

Dune

1965


 

Dune
First Edition is stated on the copyright page with no mention of subsequent  (more...)

Last: Herbert
First: Frank

 

Chilton Books
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 412

The Valley of the Dolls

1966


 

The Valley of the Dolls
First Printing is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: Susann
First: Jacqueline

 

Bernard Geis Associates
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 442

The Andromeda Strain

1969


 

The Andromeda Strain
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page. (more...)

Last: Crichton
First: Michael

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 295

Slaughterhouse-Five

1969


 

Slaughterhouse-Five
First Printing is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket price reads  (more...)

Last: Vonnegut
First: Kurt

 

Delacorte Press
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 186

The French Lieutenant's Woman

1969


 

The French Lieutenant's Woman
The first edition was published in the UK. FIRST PUBLISHED 1969 is stated on  (more...)

Last: Fowles
First: John

 

Jonathan Cape
Original Price: 35s net
Pages: 445

The Godfather

1969


 

The Godfather
Copyright page states Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 69-11465 on the  (more...)

Last: Puzo
First: Mario

 

Putnam
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 446

The Exorcist

1971


 

The Exorcist
Copyright page says FIRST EDITION and there is a full number line "71 72 73  (more...)

Last: Blatty
First: William Peter

 

Harper and Row
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 340

Watership Down (U.S.)

1972


 

Watership Down (U.S.)
The true first edition was published by Rex Collings, London. Below is the  (more...)

Last: Adams
First: Richard

 

Macmillan
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 429

Gravity's Rainbow

1973


 

Gravity's Rainbow
Copyright page states "First published in 1973 in a hardbound and paperbound  (more...)

Last: Pynchon
First: Thomas

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $15.00
Pages: 760

Dog Soldiers

1974


 

Dog Soldiers
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket carries a price  (more...)

Last: Stone
First: Robert

National Book Award

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 342

Jaws

1974


 

Jaws
First Edition is stated on the copyright page, and 044 is printed on the last  (more...)

Last: Benchley
First: Peter

 

Doubleday & Company
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 311

Carrie

1974


 

Carrie
"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page, and "P6" printed in the  (more...)

Last: King
First: Stephen

 

Doubleday
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 199

Terms of Endearment

1975


 

Terms of Endearment
Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". tan paper boards  (more...)

Last: McMurtry
First: Larry

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $9.95
Pages: 410

The Thorn Birds

1977


 

The Thorn Birds
FIRST EDITION is stated in the middle of the text on the copyright page. The  (more...)

Last: McCullough
First: Colleen

 

Harper and Row
Original Price: $9.95
Pages: 533

The World According to Garp

1978


 

The World According to Garp
FIRST EDITION is stated below the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the  (more...)

Last: Irving
First: John

National Book Award

Dutton
Original Price: $10.95
Pages: 437

The Stand

1978


 

The Stand
First Edition is stated on the bottom of the copyright page, with 1978 on  (more...)

Last: King
First: Stephen

 

Doubleday and Company
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 823

A Confederacy of Dunces

1980


 

A Confederacy of Dunces
First edition is NOT stated. It should have matching dates of 1980 on the  (more...)

Last: Toole
First: John Kennedy

Pulitzer Prize

Louisiana State University Press
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 338

The Clan of the Cave Bear

1980


 

The Clan of the Cave Bear
First Edition is stated under 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 number line on copyright  (more...)

Last: Auel
First: Jean

 

Crown
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 468

The Color Purple

1982


 

The Color Purple
First edition states "First Edition" and the letter code "BCDE" on copyright  (more...)

Last: Walker
First: Alice

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Original Price: $11.95
Pages: 245

The Hunt for Red October

1984


 

The Hunt for Red October
The copyright page has exactly 18 lines of text, including a Library of  (more...)

Last: Clancy
First: Tom

 

Naval Institute Press
Original Price: None
Pages: 387

Neuromancer

1984


 

Neuromancer
The first edition of this Nebula Award winner was a paperback published by  (more...)

Last: Gibson
First: William

 

Ace Science Fiction
Original Price: $2.95
Pages: 271

Blood Meridian

1985


 

Blood Meridian
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below Random House number line  (more...)

Last: McCarthy
First: Cormac

 

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 337

Beloved

1987


 

Beloved
"First Edition" is stated on copyright page. (more...)

Last: Morrison
First: Toni

Pulitzer Prize

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 275

The Bonfire of the Vanities

1987


 

The Bonfire of the Vanities
The true first edition was a limited edition published by the Franklin  (more...)

Last: Wolfe
First: Tom

 

Franklin Library
Pages: 659

A Brief History of Time

1988


 

A Brief History of Time
The true first edition is the UK issue. The copyright page says Published  (more...)

Last: Hawking
First: Stephen

 

Bantam
Original Price: £14.95
Pages: 198

The Silence of the Lambs

1988


 

The Silence of the Lambs
"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page above full number line "10 9  (more...)

Last: Harris
First: Thomas

 

St. Martins Press
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 338

The Joy Luck Club

1989


 

The Joy Luck Club
Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". Boards are gray  (more...)

Last: Tan
First: Amy

 

Putnam
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 288

Jurassic Park

1990


 

Jurassic Park
The true first edition was published by the Franklin Library as a signed  (more...)

Last: Crichton
First: Michael

 

Franklin Library
Original Price: None
Pages: 400

Possession

1990


 

Possession
The true first edition was published in London. "Published in 1990 by Chatto  (more...)

Last: Byatt
First: A.S.

 

Chatto & Windus
Original Price: £13.95
Pages: 511

Outlander

1991


 

Outlander
Copyright page has full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" below "July 1991".  (more...)

Last: Gabaldon
First: Diana

 

Delacorte Press
Original Price: $20.00
Pages: 627

The Firm

1991


 

The Firm
"First Edition" is stated on copyright page above "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2"  (more...)

Last: Grisham
First: John

 

Doubleday
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 421

All the Pretty Horses

1992


 

All the Pretty Horses
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. The dust jacket carries a  (more...)

Last: McCarthy
First: Cormac

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $21.00
Pages: 302

Snow Crash

1992


 

Snow Crash
The hardcover and softcover of this science fiction classic were issued  (more...)

Last: Stephenson
First: Neal

 

Bantam Books
Original Price: $22.00
Pages: 440

Cold Mountain

1997


 

Cold Mountain
"FIRST EDITION" is stated on the center of the copyright page with full  (more...)

Last: Frazier
First: Charles

National Book Award

Atlantic Monthly Press
Original Price: $24
Pages: 356

Memoirs of a Geisha

1997


 

Memoirs of a Geisha
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Ann Beattie blurb on top back  (more...)

Last: Golden
First: Arthur

 

Alfred A Knopf
Original Price: $25
Pages: 434

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

1997


 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"First published in Great Britain in 1997" is stated on the copyright page  (more...)

Last: Rowling
First: J.K.

 

Bloomsbury
Original Price: £10.99
Pages: 223

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (U.S.)

1998


 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (U.S.)
The copyright page has the full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2      (more...)

Last: Rowling
First: J.K.

 

Scholastic Press
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 309

The Blind Assassin

2000


 

The Blind Assassin
Because the author is Canadian, the Canadian edition of this Booker Prize  (more...)

Last: Atwood
First: Margaret

 

McClelland & Stewart
Original Price: $37.99
Pages: 521

The Corrections

2001


 

The Corrections
First Edition, 2001 is stated on the copyright page. Erratum slip to reverse  (more...)

Last: Franzen
First: Jonathan

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $26.00
Pages: 568

Atonement

2001


 

Atonement
The true first edition is the UK edition. Copyright page has the full number  (more...)

Last: McEwan
First: Ian

 

Jonathan Cape
Original Price: £16.99
Pages: 372

The Da Vinci Code

2003


 

The Da Vinci Code
First Edition is stated with the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the  (more...)

Last: Brown
First: Dan

 

Doubleday
Original Price: $24.95
Pages: 454

Twilight

2005


 

Twilight
"First Edition: September 2005" is stated in the middle of the copyright  (more...)

Last: Meyer
First: Stephanie

 

Little, Brown and Company (Megan Tingley Books)
Original Price: $17.99
Pages: 498


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