Viking. New York. 1967. 188 pages. First Edition, 1st printing. Signed in person. Signed directly to the half-title page: Stay Gold! S.E. Hinton. Faded red topstain. Original first issue DJ with $3.77 price intact on bottom of DJ flap. No sbn numbers printed on rear of DJ. Illustrated boards in same art/design as the dust jacket art. This title was released in 2 bindings simultaneously without any preference given to which is first. One in a traditional black cloth binding for trade and one in illustrated boards that match the art of the DJ in a reinforced, durable binding for institutions. This was referred to at Viking as VLB (Viking Library Binding). This is true for the 1st edition, 1st printing up through at least the 6th printing. Interestingly, the same DJ was used for both bindings. Prices were printed simultaneously on both the top and bottom of the front flap. Depending on which book the DJ would accompany, the publishers would clip the opposite price off. Retail prices were located at the top of the flap and reinforced illustrated bindings were priced on the lower flap. First printing DJs lack any sbn or isbn numbers printed on the rear whereas later printing DJs have sbn numbers printed. As for condition of this copy, Binding and hinges are strong. A sturdy and sound copy. Endpapers show light soiling and slight toning near gutter. Rear endpaper shows 2 faint tape ghost shadows. Red topstain is faded. Light rubbing to edges from shelf-wear. Illustrated boards show some professional restorative touch-up mostly from where old tape was in contact with illustrated boards. A couple of pages have an old faint corner crease that has long been flattened out. Title page shows traces of where name was removed. Original 1st issue DJ without sbn numbers on rear is bright and attractive. A couple of tiny slices to DJ edge. Minimal restorative color touch-up mostly to where there was adhesive removal. This is a hyper-critical condition report. All flaws are noted. A most uncommon signed copy of a landmark title that has never been out of print. First edition, first printing, in a first issue DJ with price intact. G+/VG. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Outsiders (1st edition - signed)
Publication Date: 1967
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
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