Is First Printing The Same As First Edition?

When a book is sold for the first time, that is called the book’s “first edition.” Quite simply, it is the initial printing of a book (after the book proof/advance copy).

Technically the phrase “First Edition” consists of the first printing plus any additional printings of the same first edition.

Does first printing mean first edition?

Identifying the First Edition of a Book

The publisher may actually state the words ‘first edition’ or ‘first printing’ on the copyright page. Another common method of identification is the number line – that’s a line of numbers on the copyright page. Usually, if a one is present in the line then it’s a first edition.

Is a second printing a first edition?

That is a second printing, first edition. The copyright page may even still say “First Edition” on it somewhere. However, to most booksellers and collectors, a “true” first edition is both the first typeset version of the book AND the first printing.

What is a first trade edition?

The first trade edition is the first edition that is sold to the public – the one found in stores. In many cases the first trade edition is the first edition.

How do you determine if a book is a first edition?



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What does first edition second printing mean?

As we’ve mentioned elsewhere, first edition means the first printing of a book. As those copies are shipped out to bookstores and sold, publishers will start a second printing to meet consumer demand.

Are first edition books worth anything?

The Value of First Editions – Scarcity & Condition

And that’s often the only edition. However, for a first edition to have value, there must be a demand for it. The first editions worth most tend to be those published in small quantities – for example, an author’s first books, published before she was well-known.