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IOBA Edition Identification  
 
Edition Identification by Publisher  
Harper (Harper & Brothers) – Prior to 1912, the date on the title page should match the last date on the copyright page. In 1912, they began including a letter code for the month and year the book was printed, which would actually be earlier than the official publication date. For the months, A= January, B= February, C=March, D= April, E= May, F= June, G= July, H= August, I= September, K= October, L= November, M= December (They skipped the letter J in both the month and year just to make it extra confusing and then started with the letter M just to mess with your head)
1912 = M 1920 = U 1928 = C 1936 = L 1944 = T
1913 = N 1921 = V 1929 = D 1937 = M 1945 =U
1914 = O 1922 = W 1930 = E 1938 = N 1946 = V
1915 = P 1923 = X 1931 = F 1939 = O 1947 = W
1916 = Q 1924 = Y 1932 = G 1940 = P 1948 = X
1917 = R 1925 = Z 1933 = H 1941= Q 1949 = Y
1918 = S 1926 = A 1934 = I 1942 = R
1919 = T 1927 = B 1935 = K 1943 = S

 

In 1922, they began stating “First Edition” as well, but also used the above coding system until 1949. In 1962, they became Harper and Row. They began to use a number line to the bottom of the last page but often failed to remove the “First Edition” statement from later printings. In 1975, they began using a number line on the copyright page… again often failing to remove the “First Edition” statements from later printings. In 1990, they changed the name again to Harper Collins, but nothing changed regarding their first edition identification … including forgetting to remove the “First Edition” statements from later impressions.

   
   
 

Baumgarten Price Guide and Bibliography - This is the 2004 edition and the prices are not current, but the 1st Edition notes are

valuable in that some list the price noted on the Dust Jacket, sometimes the only way to confirm a true first edition.

Abbriviations are:

ipcb illustrated paper covered boards

unpag unpagenated

dep designed endpapers - lines, patterns etc.

pep pitorial endpapers - more elaborate than deb

ibds illustrated boards

cl cloth

 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
August 29, 2019

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