Both title page and copyright page say 1926. first edition is NOT stated, but no statements of subsequent printings should be present on the copyright page. Dust jacket is extremely rare and adds most of the value to the book. The first trade dust jacket contains the statement on the lower left front panel: "This novel has never been published in any periodical". There was an advance issue where the dust jacket does not carry this statement, but is otherwise identical to the first trade dust jacket.
Note: A printing history from the second printing indicates that the publication date for Early Autumn was October 14, 1926. It also states that second printing was made on October 5, 1926; nine days before the publication date. This does not mean that it was printed before the first edition. Rather, it simply indicates that a second printing was produced shortly after the first printing; and before the official publication date.
Early Autumn book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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Picture of the 1926 first edition dust jacket for Early Autumn.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Early Autumn.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for Early Autumn.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Early Autumn.
Picture of the first edition Stokes boards for Early Autumn.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for Early Autumn.
Picture of the title page for Early Autumn.
Picture of dust jacket flaps for Early Autumn. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, Inc.
Picture of dust jacket spine for Early Autumn. Photo courtesy of James Cahill/Rare Books, Inc.
Louis Bromfield signed this advance copy of Early Autumn about two weeks before its October 14 publication date.
June 25, 2011, 3:03 pm
I've had this argument before but it still makes no sense, I have in my hand a copy of Early Autumn by Stokes that states 1926 on main title page , but on the copyright page it states as follows:
Published, October 14,1926
Second Printing (before publication) October 5,1926
Now normally I would assume the latter was a book club edition in modern times, but as far as I know the book club edition was by The Literary Guild on the same month and usually the same day as the first and I have a latter printing stating the 3rd was Nov 3rd,1926. So lets see if I can explain it this way,since I have heard of a first printing being signed and the publisher's Note for the Advanced Reading Copy as being October 14,1926.
The October 14 was probably going to be the original release and those without the date(green covers-gold lettering) are Advanced Reading Copies sent out months ahead of release date, but demand was already generated before the release date like October 5(which also has green covers with gold lettering) and another printing ordered to cover demand by critics and friends making this the 1st Trade Edition, and a 3rd Printing released November 3rd. Maybe this explanation can settle this issue here and now,finally.
June 25, 2011, 5:16 pm
I agree. Most people get confused with the term "Edition" and the term "Publication". There can be many printings of the First Edition. Some of these printings might be produced before the publication date, and some might be produced after the publication date. The publication date in these cases is really a red herring. A second printing is still a second printing regardless of whether it was produced before or after the publication date. The first printing remains the collectible printing no matter what.
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