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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Good morning, and welcome to the first edition of the Play Next newsletter. Paige Hymson,, "Play Next: The origins of the ‘Man in the Window’ podcast," 11 June 2019 In Trump's case, that present came in the form of an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Gives Donald Trump a First-Edition Copy of Churchill’s World War II Book," 3 June 2019 The Barcelona event has grown from an audience of 7,000 in its first edition to last year's draw of 220,000. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Primavera Sound Partners With Live Nation for Los Angeles Festival Debut in 2020," 1 June 2019 The Duke of Sussex reportedly bought a rare first edition AA Milne book for the christening of his youngest nephew, Prince Louis, last year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 The first edition of the festival – organized by Mad Solutions and the Iranian Film Festival – will be held Oct. 31–Nov. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Arab Cinema Center to Launch Festival in Prague," 4 July 2018 The exhibition includes key pages from Shelley’s manuscript and a first edition of the book with the author’s revisions. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "The Making of a Monster," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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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