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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the books department, a hardcover first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is set to achieve a pretty penny, with a starting bid of $60,000. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 1 July 2024 The differences between what the proofs indicate Goya originally intended and what finally appeared in the bracing first edition, which wasn’t printed until 35 years after his death, can surprise. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2024 An original watercolor illustration from a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has become the most valuable Harry Potter item ever sold after an unknown buyer won it for $1.9 million at an auction this week. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 27 June 2024 The tournament saw the debut of Lionel Messi with Inter Miami CF, which ended up winning the first edition of the Leagues Cup overall. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for first edition 

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first edition was in 1542

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“First edition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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