07 August, 2015

The Moons of Jupiter

BY Alice Munro
Book Information1/1/0/CA/MMC/1982/o.less than 4,000 sold  •  236x160x25  •  506  •  Nobel'13  •  GGA'82(F)


"The Moons of Jupiter", published on October 16, 1982, was the last of Munro's books by Macmillan Canada. The jacket design was Christopher Pratt's "Woman in a Slip". The US version, with a different cover design of a hospital window opened to a night sky, was published on February 28, 1983 by Alfred Knopf. From Thacker, we know that the US edition sold very well, at no less than 10,000 copies but there was no official number on the Canadian first printing. Five of the stories collected in this volume were previously published in The New Yorker. The book was a finalist for the 1982 Governor General's Award but eventually lost out to Guy Vanderhaeghe's Man Descending.


This is the first Canadian edition first printing with first state dust jacket that is unclipped and wihtout price, as issued. The book is bound in rusty-red board over tan clothed board spine with bronze lettering, and has no topstain. The copyright page should state "Copyright (c) by ALice Munro 192" with no mention of additional printing.

This book is not rare and a VG first printing copy with first state dust jacket can be purchased from eBay or Abebooks at around $50 onwards. This is a VG copy with a VG dust jacket due to some scuffs and rubbing, 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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