The first edition of this National Book Award winner was published by Houghton Mifflin
in 1977. It was 386 pages long, and the original retail price was $10.95. The first edition identification points are as follows: Copyright page has full number line "S 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Back of dust jacket has blurbs by Vance Bourjaily, Ann Beattie, and Douglas Day.
Blood Tie won the National Book Award.
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Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for Blood Tie.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Blood Tie.
Picture of dust jacket where original $10.95 price is found for Blood Tie.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Blood Tie.
Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin
boards for Blood Tie.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for Blood Tie.
June 19, 2012, 7:51 am
I just purchased a 1st/1st of Blood Tie and it matches all the points described above ($10.95 DJ price, 3 blurbs on back, S 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 line on (c) page, the ISBN number on the back cover matches, etc, and so I was caught off guard by the color of the spine on the dust jacket. Everything appears normal except "Blood Tie" on the spine is written in a blue font instead of a green one. The blue color in the spine matches the blue color from the bottom right-hand corner of the front cover of the dust jacket. It just looks so out of place. So my question is, were multiple colored spines printed? Or is this a printer's error? Or is this somehow not a first? Thanks!
June 21, 2012, 7:02 pm
Mr B. (Mike here, I can't login with my Google account any longer on this site, so have to use my Twitter account, thus the different user name): As I mentioned in repsonse to your post on Pprize.com, my copy of Blood Tie has the green writing, same as Tom's version and the same color green as on the cover.
June 21, 2012, 7:05 pm
I think your spine just has a bit of a fade that doesn't impact much other than to turn the green a greenish blue... what do you think... or do you think it's a true variant ... it's a little hard to tell with the picture you posted.
June 21, 2012, 9:10 pm
The reason I don't think it's a spine fade is that the rest of the text on the spine (the author's name and the publisher) are the correct green color. I can't imagine a scenario in which just the title letters would fade and the rest would stay the same. For whatever reason, this blue coloring seems to have been made by the printer.
June 22, 2012, 7:38 am
What I meant to say is the text on the rest of the spine (the author's name and the publisher) match the color of the title on the front cover (It's more of a black than a green).
June 28, 2012, 7:27 pm
Sounds like it's more likely a varient then... I'm trying to think of books that have variant DJs that involve the color of the DJ (other than books issued with DJs in several colors on purpose)... I know there are variants on the coloring of Hemingway's picture for Old Man and the Sea.... I'm not coming up with very many others, though.
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