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Into The Wild
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Into The Wild

By Krakauer, Jon

NY: Villard, 1996. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. 10th Printing. Villard, a division of Random House uses their identification system (1996 version) for edition and printing. In the case of this copy, a 1 thru 10 number line with a centered B indicate a 10th printing. In first edition number sequences the 1 does not appear and the "first" statement does, just as with RH. Book is quite decent, it's only obvious flaws being a fingertip size mildly darkened area on the back board and the appearance of having been read carefully, the deckle fore edge is bright. No marking, hinging tight. The jacket (priced) looks very sharp in it's new mylar wrapper, but had a small theft device laid inside it at the lower spines inside, and this left a tiny interior scar when removed and gave the jacket a lightly creased appearance at the lower spine. One gets the impression that all early hardcovers of this ISBN are quite scarce. ADVICE: It will be critical for any purchaser, desiring an early copy, where the information is not given in the items listing, to verify that the jacket is priced and to know precisely how the number code reads. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. Books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. For this reason, we have virtually zero returns.*.

$25.00

Skeletons Of The Zahara
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Skeletons Of The Zahara

By King, Dean

Boston: Little, Brown, 2004. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. Later Printing. A clean, solid unmarked copy, nice marbled boards, approaches Near Fine shape, jacket similar, no tears, bit of edge wear in new mylar wrapper. A brief policy statement. This book has a remainder mark upper text edge. We never describe remaindered books as "NEW" or grade them "As New." They are not. Additionally L.B. leaves it's "First Edition" statement in place while pulling numbers from it's number line, as is the case here. We do not think these are first editions by any reasonable traditional definition and never describe them as such, preferring to call them "Later Printings. . . " *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. We assure the buyer that books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. *.

$13.00

God: A Biography
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God: A Biography

By Miles, Jack

NY: Knopf, 1995. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Perhaps a bit better hard cover book and jacket than the grade might seem to say, approaching Near Fine, unmarked, straight, the odd microscopic flaw but newish. Believe is not a publishers edition, says "2nd printing before publication" but jacket is unpriced which seems damning. in any case, not cheaply made in the book club manner (not lacking hinging cordage- no debossing mark) will cross catalog as false first/religion. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. Books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. For this reason, we have virtually zero returns.*.

$24.75

Icebound Summer
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Icebound Summer

By Carrighar, Sally

NY: Knopf, 1953. Book. Fair+. Hardcover. BCE/BOMC. We recently started a 'false first' catalog to give examples of book edition identification issues, they are over priced to discourage sales and save me looking for other examples, but are for sale. This one is an honest, unpriced dust jacket book club that DOES NOT call itself a publisher's edition, but does answer an often asked question abot Knopf/Borzoi. The question I have sometimes been asked is this: There is the Borzoi Logo stamped on the back boards lower corner at spine. Is this a book club type debossing mark? Answer, No. It is a publishers mark and indicates nothing. This copy nails this down beautifully, as there is an extremely small round debossing at the extreme corner of this book club edition. It is near pin head size. Of course the round debossing marks can approach pencil eraser size and the square ones tend to be @ 1/8th inch across. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. Books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. For this reason, we have virtually zero returns.*.

$12.00

536 Puzzles and Curious Problems
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536 Puzzles and Curious Problems

By Dudeney. Henry Ernest

NY: "Scribners", 1967. Book. Good -. Hardcover. BCE/BOMC(false first). Book is an excellent candidate for our new "false first" catalog which will, by and by, include LOTS of variations and thorough descriptions of just how misleading copyright pages and other indicators can be. While the books are not intended for sale, and are intended as teaching tools, thay are available at the listed, intentionally excessive prices. The copyright has perfect Scribners "A" and date and the headband inside the books spine top is in place, indicating better than the cheapest bindery, and the book has, in addition, a non-bookclubby quality of text and weight. However, the damning indicator is the presence of an unmissable black square debossing mark, lower back corner. It's therefore surely a book club, likely printed form unaltered first edition plates tendered to the book club by Scribners as they often did.It was probably sold with an unpriced jacket, which would have been an almost certain indicator of book club status, at least for main stream publishers, but of course, the jacket is not present. Just another case where the publishers information is wrong and the debossing mark is the determining feature. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. We assure the buyer that books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. *.

$15.00

The End of the Hunt
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The End of the Hunt

By Flanagan, Thomas

NY: Dutton, 1994. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Attractive, sharp copy in all respects. Jacket has a bit of shelfwear. Perfect exmple of a false first, apparently printed from the first edition plates. The copyright page shows "First Printing, April, 1994" with a full number line. ISBN also appears to be as from the first trade edition. There is no debossing mark, however, the jacket is damningly unpriced. This in itself would not certify Book Club status, as a few publishers of trade editions have recently begun to put their jackets into stores unnpriced, but I was able to compare this item to several known mid-Nineties Dutton products, and they are all, of course, priced on their jacket flaps. One further note, this book does not have the sometimes notable cheap manufacturing common to Book Club editions. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. We assure the buyer that books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. *.

$8.75

Bridget Jones's Diary
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Bridget Jones's Diary

By Fielding, Helen

NY: Viking, 1998. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. 2nd Printing. This hard cover states 1st American edition but, lacking the 1 in the number line is the 2nd printing of the 1st and does not meet the definition of true trade 1st. Book really approaches perfect, crisp newish, but grading harshly as we always do, it rates an enthusiastic VG+ as there is a hint of bumping to upper board tips. Jacket is gorgeous, in mylar wrapper. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. Books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. For this reason, we have virtually zero returns.*.

$15.50