FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no references to subsequent printings. The hard cover and softcover were issued simultaneously, but the hardcover is less common. The book club edition also states FIRST EDITION, but it has a blindstamp on the lower right corner of the rear board below the Borzoi dog blindstamp. Note: Most booksellers list this book on eBay and AbeBooks as "JR" rather than "J R".
J R won the National Book Award.
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Picture of the 1975 first edition dust jacket for J R.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for J R.
Picture of dust jacket where original $15.00 price is found for J R.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of J R.
Picture of the first edition Alfred A. Knopf boards for J R.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for J R.
Picture of the title page for J R.
The softcover of J R looks similar to the hardcover, but it is smaller. Both editions have 726 pages.
The hardcover of J R has a New York Times Book Review for The Recognitions on the back. The softcover does not have this review, and instead has the text that appears on the hardcover's inside dust jacket flaps. The ISBN of the softcover is 394-73142-5, and the ISBN of the hardcover is 394-49550-0.