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What is a first edition?

A First Edition’ is a copy of a book printed from the first setting of its type. It is the first public appearance of the book in that form. Additional changes to the printed text, with corrections of the original typesetting, produces different ‘states’ and ‘issues’.

How do I know if a book is a first edition?

Identifying a first edition is a very difficult aspect of collecting or purchasing a book. One of our verifications is to verify that the book is at least a first printing. A ‘number line’ on the copyright page often indicates this. The lowest number identifies the printing. Here at Peter Harrington, our experts have already verified if a book is in fact a first edition and this will be clearly identified on the main website product details area of the book.

How can I find more about the book's condition?

When you locate the book you are interested in, click on the image of the book, or the Authors name. This will take you to the full product details of that particular book. You will see two links, beneath the price ‘Product Description’ and ‘Product Condition’. This will not only provide you will the full details of the books condition, it will also give you the full description of the book.

Can I reserve a Book?

Yes, you can reserve a book or illustration by selecting the ‘Reserve’ button on the website product details page. You will be required to complete a form and once submitted (and your request verified), a member of our team will reserve the publication for you for a period of 24 hours. Reservations can only be followed up during hours of business: Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm

How can I be sure I am buying a truly rare book?

Here at Peter Harrington Rare Books, our highly qualified experts have extensive knowledge of their respective specialties and have a track record of adhering to ethical and professional standards.