First Edition Points and Criteria for The Town

Year Published: 1950
Author Last Name: Richter
Author First Name: Conrad
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 433

"FIRST EDITION" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are red with design in black, and a top stain. Dust jacket has a photo of the author on the back. Back dust jacket flap does not say "PRINTED IN U.S.A." on the bottom. There are no reviews, no references to reviews, and no mention of the Pulitzer Prize anywhere on the dust jacket.

The dust jacket was designed by John O'Hara Cosgrave II, who also designed the dust jacket for James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. The book was designed by William Addison Dwiggins, a well known type designer, calligrapher, and book designer who also designed the Electra and Caledonia typefaces.

The Town won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1950 first edition dust jacket for The Town.
Picture of the 1950 first edition dust jacket for The Town.

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

Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50 price is found for The Town.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.50 price is found for The Town.

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

Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for The Town.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for The Town.

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

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

Identification picture of The Town.



Other first edition points for books by Conrad Richter include: The Waters of Kronos.

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