The first edition of this recent Junot Diaz book was published by Riverhead Books in 2007. It was 339 pages long, and the original retail price was $24.95. The first edition identification points are as follows: Copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are white with white cloth spine and red lettering. Back of dust jacket says "Praise for Junot Díaz" and has 3 reviews - by Walter Mosley, The New York Times Book Review, and Newsweek.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
To find the market value for this book, click on the pre-filled eBay, AbeBooks, or Biblio links to the right and look for comparable listings that have all of these first edition points.
Picture of the 2007 first edition dust jacket for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the first edition Riverhead Books boards for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
The book on the left is the first issue dust jacket. The book on the right is the second issue dust jacket. Note that the reviews are different.
We are investigating a possible variant of the first edition. The books in this photo are both first editions. But the one on the left has a black and white end band, and the one on the right has a red and white end band. So far we have observed only red and white end band on later printings, and nearly all black and white end bands on first printings. These limited observations suggest that the bands started out as black and white, and were switched to red and white late in the first printing.
Autograph: Signature of Junot Diaz.
January 12, 2011, 12:57 pm
I have two copies of the first printing of this book. Both have all of the first printing identification points, but one of them has been printed upside down. What I mean is the text was binded to the boards in such a way that when you're reading the inside of the book, the author's name on the frontboard and the spine text are both printed upside down. I've come across one other instance of this (a book for sale on Abebooks: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=junot+diaz&kn=upside+down&sts=t&tn=oscar+wao&x=0&y=0) and now I'm trying to determine if this flaw increases or decreases the value of the book. I understand "value" is a relative term--one person's treasure is another person's junk--but nevertheless, in terms of book collecting, does someone know what kind of effect flaws such as these have on a book's value? Also, has anyone else come across an upside down copy of Oscar Wao? I'll post this question in the general discussion area as well.
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