The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1989. It was 407 pages long, and the original retail price was $18.95. The first edition can be identified by the following points: "FIRST EDITION, 1989" stated on copyright page. Bound in orange cloth with two gold crowns on the front, and gold lettering on the spine. Back of dust jacket has five reviews for the author's first novel. The book was first published on August 21, 1989, and according to the Advance Reading Copy there were 40,000 first printings.
The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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Picture of the 1989 first edition dust jacket for The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel.
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Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel.
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Picture of the back dust jacket flap for The mambo kings play songs of love: a novel.
The front of the Advance Reading Copy has no information that distiguishes it from a standard paperback edition.
The Advance Reading Copy can be identified from the back. Here it states that it is an advance reading copy, produced from uncorrected proofs, and not for resale.
Autograph: Signature of Oscar Hijuelos.
February 5, 2009, 7:17 pm
I have been reading The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and it is very interesting. This is the first time I've read this book. It is hard to put the material down once you start on the first page. I look forward to reading more of your books.
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