first edition


Definition of first edition

: the copies of a literary work first printed from the same type and issued at the same time also : a single copy from a first edition

Examples of first edition in a Sentence

There were many errors in the book's first edition. She owns a valuable first edition of Huckleberry Finn.

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This inaugural first edition, according to The Sun, is one of 30,000 that were published way back in 1926. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Prince Harry Bought Prince Louis a $10,000 Christening Gift as a Tribute to Princess Diana," 9 July 2018 The regular and limited first editions of À la carte will drop Aug. 1. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch J-Pop Singer Jin Akanishi Perform 'Fill Me Up' Live," 28 June 2018 In the first edition of The Food Lab, published in 2009, Mr. López-Alt spent more than 3,500 words taking readers through an exploration of the different ways to boil eggs. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet," 11 July 2018 It was also reported that Harry and Meghan chose a first edition of Winnie The Pooh as a christening present for their nephew Prince Louis. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "From Crocodiles to Hot Sauce, Here's How the Royal Family Does Gift Giving," 14 Aug. 2018 While the message and advice in Knowing Your Value was as relevant as ever, the first edition didn’t cover any of those sweeping personal and cultural changes. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Mika Brzezinski Isn't Afraid to Say What You're Thinking," 24 Sep. 2018 The fifth in line to the throne received a first edition Winnie the Pooh book from his uncle (and also presumably from his British-sounding aunt, Meghan Markle). Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Sweet (and Fancy) Gift Prince Harry Bought His New Nephew, Prince Louis," 9 July 2018 On show are first editions of Hemingway’s major works; personal photos from his own collection; and photos of the women who inspired him. Washington Post, "Hemingway’s life and legacy inspire new JFK Museum display," 29 June 2018 The first edition of the hugely exciting Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke will take place on matchday 14 (at some point between December 7 and 9 depending on TV scheduling), and Der Klassiker will be settled over matchdays 11 and 28., "8 Weeks And Counting: Fixture List Released Ahead of 2018/19 Bundesliga Season," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of first edition

1542, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first edition

: the first set of printed copies of a book also : a single copy from such a set

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