Here are the books for the 1980's. Click on a thumbnail to see first edition criteria (and photos).

Year

Title

Author

Publisher



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 Bourne Identity

1980


 

The Bourne Identity
"Copyright 1980 by Robert Ludlum" at the top of the copyright page, and  (more...)

Last: Ludlum
First: Robert

 

Marek
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 523

Cosmos

1980


 

Cosmos
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below Random House full number  (more...)

Last: Sagan
First: Carl

 

Random House
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 365

Housekeeping

1980


 

Housekeeping
First edition, 1980 is stated on the copyright page with no reference to  (more...)

Last: Robinson
First: Marilynne

 

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $10.95
Pages: 219

The Lords of Discipline

1980


 

The Lords of Discipline
Copyright page has full number line "P 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1", with 1980 on  (more...)

Last: Conroy
First: Pat

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 499

Plains Song

1980


 

Plains Song
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page along with full number line 80  (more...)

Last: Morris
First: Wright

National Book Award

Harper and Row
Original Price: $9.95
Pages: 229

Rabbit is Rich

1981


 

Rabbit is Rich
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. 1981 is listed on the title  (more...)

Last: Updike
First: John

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 467

Tar Baby

1981


 

Tar Baby
The true first edition is the Franklin Library Limited First Edition (see the  (more...)

Last: Morrison
First: Toni

 

Franklin Library
Original Price: None
Pages: 312

A Flag for Sunrise

1981


 

A Flag for Sunrise
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Stone
First: Robert

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 439

The Soul of a New Machine

1981


 

The Soul of a New Machine
"FIRST EDITION" is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket has no review  (more...)

Last: Kidder
First: Tracy

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 293

Gorky Park

1981


 

Gorky Park
FIRST EDITION is stated below Random House number line "2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3" on  (more...)

Last: Smith
First: Martin Cruz

 

Random House
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 365

At Paradise Gate

1981


 

At Paradise Gate
Copyright pages has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are  (more...)

Last: Smiley
First: Jane

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $12.95
Pages: 224

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

1981


 

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Wolff
First: Tobias

 

Ecco Press
Original Price: $14.95
Pages: 175

Paragon Walk

1981


 

Paragon Walk
First Edition is stated below full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on  (more...)

Last: Perry
First: Anne

 

St. Martin's Press
Original Price: $9.95
Pages: 204

Bodily Harm

1981


 

Bodily Harm
The true first is the Canadian edition which was published in November of  (more...)

Last: Atwood
First: Margaret

 

McClelland & Stewart
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 301

Midnight's Children

1981


 

Midnight's Children
The consensus is that the American edition (Knopf) precedes the UK edition  (more...)

Last: Rushdie
First: Salman

 

Knopf
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 446

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 Valley of the Horses

1982


 

The Valley of the Horses
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: $15.95
Pages: 502

Schindler's List (U.S.)

1982


 

Schindler's List (U.S.)
This is the first U.S. edition. Copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7  (more...)

Last: Keneally
First: Thomas

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 400

The Names

1982


 

The Names
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: DeLillo
First: Don

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 339

The Man from St. Petersburg

1982


 

The Man from St. Petersburg
"First published in Great Britain 1982" is stated on the copyright page with  (more...)

Last: Follett
First: Ken

 

Hamish Hamilton
Original Price: £7.95
Pages: 292

Ironweed

1983


 

Ironweed
"First published in 1983 by The Viking Press" is stated toward the top of the  (more...)

Last: Kennedy
First: William

Pulitzer Prize

Viking
Original Price: $14.75
Pages: 227

Ancient Evenings

1983


 

Ancient Evenings
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: Mailer
First: Norman

 

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 709

The Annunciation

1983


 

The Annunciation
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Gilchrist
First: Ellen

 

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $14.95
Pages: 353

On Wings of Eagles

1983


 

On Wings of Eagles
While we have no evidence to say this definitively, we believe the true first  (more...)

Last: Follett
First: Ken

 

Collins
Original Price: £9.95
Pages: 447

Our House in the Last World

1983


 

Our House in the Last World
First Edition is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Hijuelos
First: Oscar

 

Persea
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 235

Foreign Affairs

1984


 

Foreign Affairs
The true first edition is the Franklin Library "Signed First Editio (more...)

Last: Lurie
First: Alison

Pulitzer Prize

Franklin Library
Pages: 291

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

Slow Learner

1984


 

Slow Learner
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Boards are white cloth with  (more...)

Last: Pynchon
First: Thomas

 

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $14.95
Pages: 193

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

Victory Over Japan

1984


 

Victory Over Japan
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Gilchrist
First: Ellen

National Book Award

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 277

The Barracks Thief

1984


 

The Barracks Thief
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Wolff
First: Tobias

 

Ecco Press
Original Price: $12.50
Pages: 101

Love Medicine

1984


 

Love Medicine
First edition is stated on the copyright page with full number line "1 3 5 7  (more...)

Last: Erdrich
First: Louise

 

Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 272

Lonesome Dove

1985


 

Lonesome Dove
Number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page. All first printings  (more...)

Last: McMurtry
First: Larry

Pulitzer Prize

Simon & Schuster
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 843

The House of the Spirits

1985


 

The House of the Spirits
Below is the first American edition which was translated from spanish by  (more...)

Last: Allende
First: Isabel

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 368

Contact

1985


 

Contact
Copyright 1985 by Carl Sagan and full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is  (more...)

Last: Sagan
First: Carl

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 432

The Mammoth Hunters

1985


 

The Mammoth Hunters
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: $19.95
Pages: 645

Fortune's Daughter

1985


 

Fortune's Daughter
Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". (more...)

Last: Hoffman
First: Alice

 

Putnam
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 268

The Accidental Tourist

1985


 

The Accidental Tourist
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Tyler
First: Anne

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 355

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

Carpenter's Gothic

1985


 

Carpenter's Gothic
"First published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Gaddis
First: William

 

Viking Penguin
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 262

White Noise

1985


 

White Noise
"First published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: DeLillo
First: Don

National Book Award

Viking Penguin
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 326

World's Fair

1985


 

World's Fair
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below Random House number line  (more...)

Last: Doctorow
First: E.L.

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 288

Word of Honor

1985


 

Word of Honor
Copyright page states "First Printing November 1985" above ful number line  (more...)

Last: DeMille
First: Nelson

 

Warner Books
Original Price: $17.50
Pages: 518

Easy In The Islands

1985


 

Easy In The Islands
First Edition is stated on the copyright page beneath full number line "10 9  (more...)

Last: Shacochis
First: Bob

 

Crown
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 213

Ender's Game

1985


 

Ender's Game
Copyright page states First TOR Printing: January 1985. Boards are blue with  (more...)

Last: Card
First: Orson Scott

 

TOR
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 357

A Summons to Memphis

1986


 

A Summons to Memphis
"First Edition" is stated on copyright page. (more...)

Last: Taylor
First: Peter

Pulitzer Prize

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 209

The Prince of Tides

1986


 

The Prince of Tides
Copyright page has full number line "S 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". (more...)

Last: Conroy
First: Pat

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 567

The Good Mother

1986


 

The Good Mother
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page along with number line "86 87  (more...)

Last: Miller
First: Sue

 

Harper and Row
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 310

Paco's Story

1986


 

Paco's Story
"First edition, 1986" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are orange  (more...)

Last: Heinemann
First: Larry

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 210

Forrest Gump

1986


 

Forrest Gump
"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page. Yellow boards with brown  (more...)

Last: Groom
First: Winston

 

Doubleday and Company
Original Price: $14.95
Pages: 228

Artic Dreams

1986


 

Artic Dreams
Copyright pages has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19  F/C  (more...)

Last: Lopez
First: Barry

National Book Award

Scribners
Original Price: $22.95
Pages: 464

Mohawk

1986


 

Mohawk
The first edition is a softcover. FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Russo
First: Richard

 

Vintage Contemporaries
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 418

The Beet Queen

1986


 

The Beet Queen
Copyright page states FIRST EDITION and full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2  (more...)

Last: Erdrich
First: Louise

 

Henry Holt and Company
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 338

Red Storm Rising

1986


 

Red Storm Rising
Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". Boards are  (more...)

Last: Clancy
First: Tom

 

Putnam
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 652

Stallion Gate

1986


 

Stallion Gate
First Edition is stated below Random House number line "24689753" AND there  (more...)

Last: Smith
First: Martin Cruz

 

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 321

Through a Glass Darkly

1986


 

Through a Glass Darkly
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below full Random House number  (more...)

Last: Koen
First: Karleen

 

Random House
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 743

The Sportswriter

1986


 

The Sportswriter
The first edition was published by Vintage Contemporaries, a division of  (more...)

Last: Ford
First: Richard

 

Vintage Contemporaries
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 375

Deadwood

1986


 

Deadwood
Copyright page states FIRST EDITION below Random House number line 24689753.  (more...)

Last: Dexter
First: Pete

 

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 365

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

Patriot Games

1987


 

Patriot Games
Copyright page has full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10". Boards are light  (more...)

Last: Clancy
First: Tom

 

Putnam
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 540

World's End

1987


 

World's End
"First published in 1987 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the coyright  (more...)

Last: Boyle
First: T. Coraghessan

 

Viking
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 456

Racing Through Paradise

1987


 

Racing Through Paradise
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below the full Random House  (more...)

Last: Buckley Jr.
First: William F.

 

Random House
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 344

Breathing Lessons

1988


 

Breathing Lessons
The true first edition is the Franklin Library "Signed First  (more...)

Last: Tyler
First: Anne

Pulitzer Prize

Franklin Library
Pages: 327

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

Paris Trout

1988


 

Paris Trout
First Edition is stated on the copyright page under the Random House number  (more...)

Last: Dexter
First: Pete

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 306

The Bean Trees

1988


 

The Bean Trees
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page along with number line "88 89  (more...)

Last: Kingsolver
First: Barbara

 

Harper and Row
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 232

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

Libra

1988


 

Libra
"First published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: DeLillo
First: Don

 

Viking Penguin
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 456

Love in the Time of Cholera (First American)

1988


 

Love in the Time of Cholera (First American)
"First American Edition" is stated on the copyright page with no statement of  (more...)

Last: Marquez
First: Gabriel Garcia

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 348

The Book of Ruth

1988


 

The Book of Ruth
Copyright page has full number line "P 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Boards are  (more...)

Last: Hamilton
First: Jane

 

Ticknor & Fields
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 328

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

1988


 

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
First Edition is stated above full number line "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10" on the  (more...)

Last: Chabon
First: Michael

 

Morrow
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 297

The Risk Pool

1988


 

The Risk Pool
First Edition is stated below Random House number line "23456789". Boards  (more...)

Last: Russo
First: Richard

 

Random House
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 479

Tracks

1988


 

Tracks
First Edition is stated above full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2".  (more...)

Last: Erdrich
First: Louise

 

Henry Holt
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 226

The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel

1989


 

The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel
"FIRST EDITION, 1989" stated on copyright page. Bound in orange cloth with  (more...)

Last: Hijuelos
First: Oscar

Pulitzer Prize

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 407

Spartina

1989


 

Spartina
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Quarter bound with teal paper  (more...)

Last: Casey
First: John

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 375

Eden Close

1989


 

Eden Close
First edition is stated on the copyright page above full letter line "A B C D  (more...)

Last: Shreve
First: Anita

 

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 265

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" and ISBN  (more...)

Last: Tan
First: Amy

 

Putnam
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 288

On the Firing Line

1989


 

On the Firing Line
The true first edition was a limited signed edition published by the Franklin  (more...)

Last: Buckley Jr.
First: William F.

 

Franklin Library
Pages: 533

The Pillars of the Earth

1989


 

The Pillars of the Earth
The true first edition was published in the UK. "First published 1989" is  (more...)

Last: Follett
First: Ken

 

Macmillan
Original Price: £13.95
Pages: 806

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

1989


 

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Boards are blue with gold  (more...)

Last: Gurganus
First: Allan

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $21.95
Pages: 718

One Up on Wall Street

1989


 

One Up on Wall Street
Copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are blue  (more...)

Last: Lynch
First: Peter

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 318


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