The first edition of this modern classic Thomas Harris book was published by St. Martins Press in 1988. It was 338 pages long, and the original retail price was $18.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "First Edition" is stated on the copyright page above full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Boards are gray with author's initials blind stamp on front, and burgundy cloth spine.
Picture of the 1988 first edition dust jacket for The Silence of the Lambs.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Silence of the Lambs.
Picture of dust jacket where original $18.95 price is found for The Silence of the Lambs.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Silence of the Lambs.
Picture of the first edition St. Martins Press boards for The Silence of the Lambs.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Silence of the Lambs.
Other first edition points for books by Thomas Harris include: Black Sunday.
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