08 August, 2015

Friend of My Youth

BY Alice Munro
Book Information1/1/0/CA/MS/1990/o.23,000  •  237x167x30  •  613  •  Nobel'13  •  Trillium'90


Like "Progress of Love", "Friend of My Youth" was published by McClelland and Stewart's Douglas Gibson Books, and its US edition, published by Alfred Knopf in late March, preceded the Canadian edition that reached the market only on April 21. Despite the chronological precedence, the Canadian edition is still the bibliographical true first edition. The jacket design is Mary Pratt's "Wedding Dress". The book won the Trillium Award in 1980.


This is the first Canadian edition first printing with first state dust jacket that is unclipped, reflecting the correct price of $24.95. The book is bound in blue clothed board with silver lettering, and has no topstain. The copyright page should state "Copyright (C) 1990 by Alice Munro" with no mention of additional printing.

This book is not particularly rare and a VG copy can be purcahsed from eBay or abebooks at about $50. This is a VG+ copy with a VG+ dust jacket that suffers from some creasings at the flaps and a NF book that is tight and clean. 
There are no official signed first editions but you can find signed copies of this edition. Munro's signature is rather simple, so caveat emptor.

* Thacker, Robert. (2011). Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, A Biography. Random House.

















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