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

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There were many errors in the book's first edition. She owns a valuable first edition of Huckleberry Finn.
Recent Examples on the Web The work's first edition apparently came from a local Miami supermarket and sold for $120,000 by Perrotin, an international art gallery, according to Doha Madani, NBC News, "Artist sells banana duct-taped to wall for $120,000 at Art Basel in Miami Beach," 6 Dec. 2019 What does this book — once a cultural touchstone, a go-to wedding gift for young brides — mean now, nearly 90 years after the first edition was published by Irma S. Rombauer? Jennifer Day,, "How ‘Joy of Cooking,’ rereleased this month, teaches us to conjure a meal from a daydream," 21 Nov. 2019 In the 1978-79 seasons, following the protest of a game between the Nets and 76ers and a trade between the teams, three players that played for one team in the first edition of the game played for the other team in the replay. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Rockets to file protest of loss to Spurs," 5 Dec. 2019 The stories in the first edition are thus more faithful to the oral tradition than those in the last, which, together with Wilhelm’s adaptations, offered a more literary approach. National Geographic, "Brothers Grimm fairy tales were never meant for kids," 24 Sep. 2019 Launched in 1995, the first edition of The Annual was mixed by Pete Tong and Boy George. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Ministry of Sound Releases 'The Annual XXV' Compilation With Tracks by Stardust, David Guetta & More," 29 Nov. 2019 The first edition of the project, established to expand scholarship on the growth of the arts in Los Angeles after World War II, culminated in dozens of museum shows and catalogs in 2011., "LOS ANGELES — Deborah Marrow, who as the longest-serving executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the only woman to serve as its president, started far-reaching programs to promote scholarship and diversity in the arts, died Oct. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 70.," 11 Oct. 2019 Select from hundreds of books: first editions, signed copies, multi-volume sets and vintage children’s books. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: Pickleball court, Sheriff’s captain meet-and-greet, native flora," 24 Sep. 2019 The first edition of FC Cincinnati versus Columbus Crew SC exceeded the hype. Pat Brennan,, "What we learned about FC Cincinnati, Ron Jans in the 'Hell is Real' derby," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of first edition

1542, in the meaning defined above

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“First edition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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