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Properly identifying first editions and first printings can often require specialized knowledge, experience or access to sophisticated reference materials. VJ Books has all of these at their disposal and are able to accurately identify first printings.

First edition, first printings will hold the most value. Depending on who has published the book and what formats it has been published in, youíll be probably looking for hardcover books. But donít assume all hardcovers are first printings! The copyright page, found on the back of the title page on most books, provides the edition detail. Every publisher organizes this information differently, and some make it a little confusing, so you have to prepare to do a little detective work. Check out our Book Collecting 101 reference page for more information on how to identify first editions.

In the simplest terms, a first edition is the first commercially distributed version of a book. First editions are prized because they are as close as a reader can get to the source and remain the choice for most collectors. VJ Books has the world's largest inventory of collectble first editons!


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All That Remains | Cornwell, Patricia | Signed First Edition Book Cornwell, Patricia | All That Remains | Signed First Edition Copy

1992 NY: Scribner  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.

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O'Reilly, Bill & Dugard, Martin | Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot | First Edition Book O'Reilly, Bill & Dugard, Martin | Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot | Unsigned First Edition Copy

2012 NY: Henry Holt and Co. First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.

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Golden City, The | Twelve Hawks, John | First Edition Book Twelve Hawks, John | Golden City, The | First Edition Copy

September 2009 NY: Doubleday  First edition, first printing, near-fine in a flawless dust jacket.

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Thief of Light | Ramus, David | First Edition Book Ramus, David | Thief of Light | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1995 NY: HarperCollins  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Up and Comer, The | Roughan, Howard | First Edition Book Roughan, Howard | Up and Comer, The | Unsigned First Edition Copy

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  2001 NY: Warner

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Guilty Pleasures | Sanders, Lawrence | First Edition Book Sanders, Lawrence | Guilty Pleasures | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1998 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Codicil, The | Topor, Tom | First Edition Book Topor, Tom | Codicil, The | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1995 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Playing Dead | Maracotta, Lindsay | First Edition Book Maracotta, Lindsay | Playing Dead | Unsigned First Edition Copy

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  1999 NY: William Morrow

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Hearing, The | Mills, James | First Edition Book Mills, James | Hearing, The | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1998 NY: Warner  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Mission Compromised | North, Oliver | First Edition Book North, Oliver | Mission Compromised | Unsigned First Edition Copy

Hardcover Book. September 2002 NY: Broadman & Holman Publishers First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.

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Kennedy, William P.  | Rules of Encounter | First Edition Book Kennedy, William P. | Rules of Encounter | Unsigned First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book. 1992 NY: St. Martin's Press First edition, first printing, near-fine (badly bumped spine, slightly bent on front inside of dust jacket) in a near-fine dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Iles, Greg | Mississippi Blood | Book - Advance Reading Copy Iles, Greg | Mississippi Blood | Unsigned Book - Advance Reading Copy

Advance Reading Copy. 2017 NY: HarperCollins  Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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House of Smoke | Freedman, J.F. | First Edition Book Freedman, J.F. | House of Smoke | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1996 NY: Viking  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Wake of Perdido Star | Hackman, Gene & Lenihan, Daniel | Book Hackman, Gene & Lenihan, Daniel | Wake of Perdido Star | Unsigned First EditionBook

1999 NY: Newmarket Press.  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket.

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Galbraith, Robert (Rowling, J.K.) | Ink Black Heart, The | First Edition UK Book Galbraith, Robert (Rowling, J.K.) | Ink Black Heart, The | UK Unsigned Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. August 2022 LON: Little, Brown Book Group First UK edition, first printing, new/unread, near-fine (badly bumped spine) in near-fine dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Galbraith, Robert (Rowling, J.K.) | Ink Black Heart, The | First Edition UK Book Galbraith, Robert (Rowling, J.K.) | Ink Black Heart, The | UK Unsigned Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. August 2022 LON: Little, Brown Book Group First UK edition, first printing, new/unread, near-fine (badly bumped spine, corners, and edging) in near-fine dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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White Death | Cussler, Clive & Kemprecos, Paul | First Edition Book Cussler, Clive & Kemprecos, Paul | White Death | Unsigned First Edition Copy

2003 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.

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Patterson, James & Bourelle, Andrew | Texas Outlaw | Signed First Edition Book Patterson, James & Bourelle, Andrew | Texas Outlaw | Signed First Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. March 2020 NY: Little, Brown & Co. First edition, first printing, fine in a flawless dust jacket, signed by Patterson, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Hearse Case Scenario, The | Cockey, Tim | First Edition Book Cockey, Tim | Hearse Case Scenario, The | Unsigned First Edition Copy

2002 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Eiger Sanction, The | Trevanian | First Edition Book Trevanian | Eiger Sanction, The | Bookclub Edition Copy

1972 NY: Crown  Bookclub edition, near-fine in a near-fine dust jacket.

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Jacques, Brian | Salamandastron | First Edition Book Jacques, Brian | Salamandastron | Unsigned First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book 1992 NY: Philomel First edition, later printing, near-fine in a fine dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Jacques, Brian | Marlfox | Unsigned First Edition Book Jacques, Brian | Marlfox | Unsigned First Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. December 1998 NY: Philomel First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Beck, Glenn | Snow Angel, The | Unsigned First Edition Book Beck, Glenn | Snow Angel, The | Unsigned First Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. October 2011 NY: Threshold Editions First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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O'Hehir, Diana | Murder Never Forgets | Unsigned First Edition Book O'Hehir, Diana | Murder Never Forgets | Unsigned First Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. September 2005 NY: Berkley First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Archer, Geoffrey | Dark Angel | UK First Edition Book Archer, Geoffrey | Dark Angel | UK Unsigned Edition Book

First Edition Hardcover Book. November 2004 LON: Century first edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Agent Running in the Field  | Le Carre, John | Signed First Edition Book Le Carre, John | Agent Running in the Field | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book  October 17, 2019 NY: Viking  First edition, first printing, fine in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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The Wanting by Campbell Black | Signed First Edition Book Black, Campbell | Wanting, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 1986 NY: McGraw-Hill   First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.

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Rosen, M. Glenda | Dying to Be Beautiful: Mystery Series | First Edition Trade Paper Book Rosen, M. Glenda | Dying to Be Beautiful: Mystery Series | Unsigned First Edition Trade Paper Book

First Edition Trade Paperback Book. 2017 NY: Abbott Press First Trade Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Gergel, Tania | Alexander the Great | First Edition Trade Paper Book Gergel, Tania (Editor) | Alexander the Great | Unsigned First Edition Trade Paper Book

First Edition Trade Paperback Book. 2004 NY: Penguin Books First Trade Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Sides, Hampton | Ghost Soldiers | First Edition Trade Paper Book Sides, Hampton | Ghost Soldiers | Unsigned First Edition Trade Paper Book

First Edition Trade Paperback Book. 2002 NY: Anchor First Trade Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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