First Edition Points and Criteria for Born to Run

Year Published: 2016
Author Last Name: Springsteen
Author First Name: Bruce
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Original Price: $32.50
Pages: 510

"First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition September 2016" is stated near the top of the copyright page, with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 near the bottom. Boards are gray paper with silver lettering on a black cloth spine. End papers are photos of Asbury Park, NJ. 510 numbered pages of text followed by 16 pages of photos. Pictorial dust jacket lacks critical reviews.

An unspecified number of first editions featured a tipped in page signed by Bruce Springsteen. The page states "This signed edition of BORN TO RUN has been specially bound by the publisher." The book is otherwise the same as standard first editions. Many of these signed editions were offered for sale during the author's promotional book signing events.

1,500 Deluxe Limited Editions were produced in a large gray cloth box containing a signed and numbered copy of the first edition and CD copy of Chapter and Verse, which is a collection of Bruce Springsteen songs. The book has a tipped in page signed by Springsteen that states "This signed edition of BORN TO RUN has been specially bound by the publisher." A number is handwritten on the bottom indicating that it is one of 1,500 books. The book itself is otherwise the same as standard first editions. However, the back of the dust jacket is unique because it lacks the bar codes that are present on all other first edition dust jackets.

Note: Born to Run is also the name of the author's third studio record released in 1975. The album was highly successful and allowed him to pay off his bills and purchase a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette for $6,000. A photo of the author leaning on the hood of this car was used for the first edition book cover. The photo is credited to Frank Stefanko.

The author leans on the hood of his 1960 Corvette on the first edition dust jacket from
The author leans on the hood of his 1960 Corvette on the first edition dust jacket from his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Born to Run.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Born to Run.

Picture of dust jacket where original $32.50 price is found for Born to Run.
Picture of dust jacket where original $32.50 price is found for Born to Run.

Picture of the author's 1960 Corvette on the back dust jacket for the first edition
Picture of the author's 1960 Corvette on the back dust jacket for the first edition of Born to Run.

Picture of the first edition Simon & Schuster boards for Born to Run.
Picture of the first edition Simon & Schuster boards for Born to Run.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Born to Run.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Born to Run.

Picture of the first edition title page for Born to Run.
Picture of the first edition title page for Born to Run.

The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run was published in a large gray cloth box
The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run was published in a large gray cloth box containing a signed and numbered copy of the first edition and a music compact disc. It was released in shrink wrap.

The sticker on the shrink wrap of the Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run describes
The sticker on the shrink wrap of the Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run describes what is included in the package.

The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run was priced at $350 with a bar code sticker on
The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run was priced at $350 with a bar code sticker on the original shrink wrap.

The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run included a signed and numbered copy of the
The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run included a signed and numbered copy of the first edition and CD copy of Chapter and Verse, which is a collection of Bruce Springsteen songs.

The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run contains a first edition book with a tipped in
The Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run contains a first edition book with a tipped in hand numbered page signed by Bruce Springsteen.

The back of the dust jacket in the Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run lacks the bar
The back of the dust jacket in the Deluxe Limited Edition of Born to Run lacks the bar codes that are present on all other first edition dust jackets.

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