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How to identify a first edition of a book


One of the great questions that arises from book collecting is…do I have a first edition of a certain book? In reality, we mean ‘do I have a true first edition of a certain book?’ because a title can be reprinted many times in various formats over the years. This video is designed to be a very basic guide to identifying first editions. It’s a complex subject because publishers use a large variety of methods, which are often changed, to define first editions.

One of the best ways to learn about books is to read a book. We recommend obtaining a guide to first editions. Bill McBride’s Pocket Guide to the identification of First Editions and the latest edition of Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values by Allen and Patricia Ahearn are two excellent resources.

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