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Modificato: Ago 27, 2009, 1:22pm

Being new to book collecting, I'd appreciate some help with a little conundrum. I recently (like late last school year) acquired a copy of Bloodhound the second Beka Cooper novel by Tamora Pierce. A friend bought it for me at a book signing and got it signed as I was unable to attend. The book is in good condiiton, no internal markings (except the author sig) the DJ has some VERY minor shelf wear, but the binding is pretty loose, as I read it before realizing it might be a first. It doesn't lay flat or fall open anywhere in the text. The copyright page has a full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" with "First Edition" printed below it. Does this mean it is a true First, ie First Edition, first printing?

I also have a hardback of HP & the Deathly Hallows in same condition. The copyright page has a full number line on the left, but across from it is a number line that reads "07 08 09 10 11 12." Below is "First Edition, July 2007." Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.

Ago 27, 2009, 6:03pm

Ago 29, 2009, 8:37am

Concerning Bloodhound here is a 1976 statement from Random House, Inc.:

"All of the first editions of Random House, Pantheon, and A.A. Knopf books carry the words "FIRST EDITION" in small caps on the copyright page. These first editions are by our definition also first printings. This practice has not been uniformly adhered to during the entire history of all these imprints, but in recent years it has."

They reconfirmed the above statement in 1981, 1988, 1993, & 2001. Sounds like a first edition/first printing to me.

I'm not clear on the HP book, but from what I can find, it appears to be a 1st Edition but a later printing.

If you get serious about collecting, investing in a copy of First Editions: A Guide to Identification would be money well spent.

Hope this helps

Giu 26, 2011, 3:00am

You've probably found the answer to your question by now, but in case you haven't, the "07 08 09, etc." line is a date line indicating the book was published in 2007 (hence the "07" that begins it). So, it would seem the book is a first printing, first edition, but without seeing it and without reference materials, I can't say for certain. You may want to search for the book on something like and see what ISBN numbers are being put forth by the dealers as the British and American first/firsts, then compare your publication page information to what you find.