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Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions Paperback – January 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0930313067 ISBN-10: 0930313062 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McBride; 6th edition (January 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0930313062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930313067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Information is very clear.
Bobbi
This little book has more information, organized by publisher, about first editions than any other book I have used.
G. Fisher
After reading the little book lots of times I got the hang of it.
GEM2(:>)

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a very necessary and handy reference for any book collector, whether novice or expert. A particular advantage to this book is the compact format for information on a wide variety of publishers.
Other books will have information about current or expected values (such as the Ahearn books, but before you get to the value determination, you will need to know whether or not you have a true first edition. That is the entire focus of this book. And, this is a true "pocket" guide in that it is compact, yet well cross-referenced. About the size of a daytimer calander.
I carry this with me on many business trips where I use it at used and rare bookshops around the country. It is comprehensive in the information, but not bulky or awkward to carry.
The first section contains information about general edition identification circumstances which will clear up a lot of confusion as to whether you have a book club edition, a second printing, or a true first - although it does not list any specifics about a particular book and the points identifying a first of the specific book. The next section is an alphabetical listing of publishers with a key to the listings (abbreviations) located in a handy spot inside the back cover.
I highly recommend this book as a "portable" resource for your book hunting trips.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Crocker on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I owe quite a lot to Bill McBride and his A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions. When I started collecting books in earnest over a decade ago, I knew very little about first editions [more correctly 'first printings']. My first education in 'firsts' came from a 3rd Edition of this handy little book. I always carry it [now the 6th Revised Edition] when I'm doing the used bookstores somewhere [the urban counterpart to the rock collecting I do in the outback] and many times Mr. McBride's little book has saved me from buying a book misidentified as a 'first' and has helped me find a few bargains when a long sought 'first' was not identified as such. Before you challenge the used bookstore circuit [my favorites are in San Francisco, Berkeley, and the Los Angeles/Orange County area] or, braver yet, the yard sale/estate sale/swap meet/Goodwill circuit, make sure you have a copy of Mr. McBride's little book in your hip pocket.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By 2many2read on January 26, 2002
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The introduction gives a solid background on first editions in general. The bulk of the booklet -- and it is a booklet to carry with you -- is a 100-page list of about 3600 publishers, large and small, famous and obscure. For each publisher, the typical first edition clues are given. Indispensable and affordable.
For the details of well-known true firsts, itemized title by title, see the author's other book, Points of Issue.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mccullough on July 31, 2004
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I bought this after about 5 years as a bookdealer thinking it might help me out on the road. It did not. Most of first edition identification is common sense, and I just didn't find this booklet very useful. It is concise and accurate and comprehensive, so no taking away from the other reviewers. If you have never worked in the used book business, this would be a very good book. But if you are very serious, consider the Zemple guide from Spoon River Press.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on July 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I can't function without this booklet. The best I've come across so far. If you're a book seller/dealer or a book collector, this is what you need to help identify First Editions. It has the Publishers'names and how to identify each Publishers'First Editions. And, small enough to carry with you everywhere. I highly recommend this booklet, the knowledge it gave me is priceless.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Wrightington on June 29, 2001
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This little book in a nutshell clears up any questions you may have if you're having trouble telling if your old book is a first edition or not. As a book lover and collector AND seller of books online, I found several books in my possession that I had doubts were first editions. I searched my book and found they WERE First Editions. Without this little book, I would have never, ever known.
A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions is a little expensive, but in the end, you'll get your money back!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Fisher on December 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone seriously, or casually, collecting books should have a copy of the Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions by Bill McBride with them whenever they are on a book hunt. This little book has more information, organized by publisher, about first editions than any other book I have used.

Whenever someone asks me questions about editions, print runs, or how to identify a BCE (Book Club Edition) after answering I recommend the consider purchasing this guide. I have had every edition since the 3rd and would not be without it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
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This is a great resource if you want to try to determine if that book you've just picked up is really a first edition. I can't give it five stars however because I think that it's overpriced. It has a fairly thin paper cover and is bound with staples.
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