Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

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Pages

- 1999 +

Interpreter of Maladies

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Houghton Mifflin Company

$12.00

198

The true first edition is a paperback. It precedes the hardcover edition. Copyright page has full numberline "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Title page states 1999 on the bottom. Front has review by Amy Tan on the top, and a price of $12.00 on the back.

A hardcover edition with a new ISBN came out two months after Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize. Like the paperback, the first printing of the hardcover has a full number line on the copyright page, but it lists two ISBNs - The hardcover ISBN 0-618-10136-5, and the paperback ISBN 0-395-92720-X. The first issue dust jacket touts that it is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway award. It has a price of $23.00 listed on the top of the front flap.

Interpreter of Maladies book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.



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This is the front cover of Interpreter of Maladies.  It is a softcover book.

This is the front cover of Interpreter of Maladies. It is a softcover book.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Interpreter of Maladies.

The price of $12.00 is on the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladi

The price of $12.00 is on the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the back of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the spine of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

This photo show the spine of the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

Photo of the author from the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

Photo of the author from the first edition of Interpreters of Maladies.

1999 is printed on the title page of the true first edition.

1999 is printed on the title page of the true first edition.

This is the front cover from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladi

This is the front cover from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the copyright page from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of

Picture of the copyright page from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies. Notice that there are two ISBNs - one for this hardcover and one for the original paperback (pbk).

Picture of the front dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of

Picture of the front dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the back of the dust jacket from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of

Picture of the back of the dust jacket from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

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Picture of boards from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of

Picture of the back dust jacket flap from the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

Unlike the true first edition softcover, there is no year printed on the title page of

Unlike the true first edition softcover, there is no year printed on the title page of the first hardcover edition of Interpreter of Maladies.

This third printing paperback was signed by Lahiri a few days after winning the Pulitzer

This third printing paperback was signed by Lahiri a few days after winning the Pulitzer Prize. The third printing is identical to the first in terms of the reviews on the front and back covers. However, the third printing lacks the year on the title page and the number line on the copyright page is adjusted accordingly.


Mike
May 21, 2010, 10:07 pm
Given the discussion about a possible simultaneous publication of a softcover edition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (and, to sum that up, there wasn't a simultaneous softcover edition), I'm struck by the fact that the supplemental barcode number for the first edition of Interpreter of Maladies is 90000, which as was noted in that discussion, means that the book has no suggested retail value. That was the first clue that the Amazing Adventures edition was a paperback book club version. All three copies of the 1st Edition (paperback) of Maladies I have have the 90000 supplemental barcode as well. Of course, the price next to the barcodes indicates that it's the true first. There is what is apparently a paperback book club edition of Maladies that has a different ISBN (but does have barcode information on the back cover) and the 90000 Supplemental barcode number, but next to the word "Fiction" next to the barcode, the $12.00 price is missing.
Tom
May 21, 2010, 10:28 pm
The first trade edition of American Pastoral also has 90000 as the supplemental barcode number. When I see that number, I don't necessarily conclude that it is a book club. But it gives me pause. If I see a price on the the front flap (or on the back) but I also see a 90000 on the back, then I normally don't give it a second thought - I conclude that it is NOT a book club edition. But if I don't see a price anywhere on the book, and I see a 90000, then I begin to suspect a book club edition.
Mike
May 22, 2010, 10:40 am
Since the supplemental barcode is optional and mainly for internal use by the publisher, I suppose the 90000 could just be a default when a price is not yet determined or the publisher doesn't want or need, for some reason, to use the supplemental code. From what I see, barcode scanners in the US can't read the EAN/ISBN without something in the Supplemental barcode section, so 90000 must be a default if the publisher doesn't want to use the supplemental barcode so the rest of the barcode can be read. That's pretty helpful to know, though, when trying to sort out if a book is a book club edition or not, given that some (e.g., the QPB edition of Amazing Adventures and the book club edition of Maladies I ran into) are hard to distinguish otherwise. Seems like the 90000 supplemental barcode without a price or the absence of a barcode (if the book isn't that old) and the alphanumeric string in the gutter are more consistent indicators of BCEs. The classic indicators, lack of price on the DJ, an impression on the bottom, back cover, don't always pan out. I have, for example, what I'm told is the first Candian Trade edition of Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons, and there's no price on the DJ anywhere (the publisher information on the DJ and the copyright page all bear out that it's a Canadian version and they're different than the American first trade edition. Interestingly, there is also no supplemental barcode for the Canadian version (there is for the American trade, and it starts with a "5" (indicating that it's in US Dollars), followed by the price of the book (1895 for 18.95). I suppose that in 1988, candian scanners didn't require the supplemental code to read the EAN/ISBN. In any case, I've always been slightly suspicious that this is a Canadian book club edition or something, given the lack of the price on the DJ (there's also no impression on the back). However, there's also no alphanumeric string in the gutter of any of the last pages, so in the absence of any indicator, I'll just presume that for some reason some Canadian DJs of that era lacked prices. I suppose it could be a Canadian book club DJ married to a true Canadian first edition, but it's not that expensive of a book (and of course not the true first ... not even the US trade is the true first), so I'm not sure why anyone would bother to marry those!


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