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Is my book a First Edition?

I will not go into the details of which book is a first edition and which is not. That is for you to research.

These comments are a generalisation for all books

Many assume a book is only a First Edition when it is stated


Wrong - some publishers use number lines

Many assume that when First Edition is stated it is the "First Edition"


Wrong - it may only indicate the First Edition for that publisher in possibly that format

Some books use number lines to indicate the edition


Wrong - it usually indicates the Printing revision for that publisher, though often when it indicates its a 1st printing it is also a First Edition Thus

Number lines vary in design


True - though usually the lowest number is the printing

Isn't a 'First Edition Thus' a 'First Edition'  


Wrong - do some research

Many assume Book Club editions are generally worthless


Wrong - do some research

There is only one True First Edition


True - That is the First printing of the book. Proofs are normally ignored in this aspect, as is when a book is available, as often times a book may appear for sale before the official release date.

Many suggest ask "John"


Wrong - Why would a collector give away all the secrets to the best books? Especially when the knowledge has been gained from over 10 years of research.

This is why, its better to pay a good bookstore for their expertise, if you don't have it, rather than making a $1000 mistake. 


FAQ answers attributed to Raymond E. Feist are copyright by Raymond E. Feist.
It should also be born in mind that the answer given was only applicable on the date written, and to a specific question. You may find further, similar questions, in the FAQ.


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