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That Printer of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright

Harold Bell Wright

First Edition

Identification Guide

 


The most common question from visitors to this website is, "Is my copy a first edition?" And the most common error found in listings for Harold Bell Wright books on eBay is that reprints are listed as first editions.

General Rules:

1. Dates on Copyright Pages: The dates printed in Harold Bell Wright's books usually provide no clue about when the book was printed--at least not in the titles originally published by The Book Supply Company. Both the original publisher and the reprint companies just printed the original date in later editions. For example, about 99 percent of all copies of The Shepherd of the Hills say "Copyright, 1907" whether printed in 1907 by The Book Supply Company, in 1925 by Appleton, or in 1940 by Grosset and Dunlop.

2. Publishers: Wright's books were published by only three companies: The Book Supply Company (1902-1919), Appleton (1921-1932), and Harper and Brothers (1932-1942). Foreign first editions were published by Musson, Hodder and Stoughton, and perhaps others, but I don't know enough about the foreign editions to provide reliable information for them.

3. Hardback Reprints: In Wright's day most reprints had cloth covers and were produced by a few companies that produced only reprints. Grosset and Dunlop and A. L. Burt were the largest reprinting companies. They produced the vast majority of Harold Bell Wright reprints. Any Wright title by Grosset and Dunlop or A.L. Burt is a reprint, not a first edition.

The reprint companies printed hardbacks, just like the original publishers, so to make a profit they had to cut every possible corner. They usually used cheaper paper and bindings, and they used the original printing plates even though the type was getting worn. And they didn't make any more changes than necessary. For that reason, if you collect Wright books for a while you will find books that say Burt on the spine but still say Book Supply Company on the title page. And, of course, they did not create a new copyright page with revised publication information. Sometimes you will find a Burt reprint with a number, like [3], on the last page of text. That means they got the plates from Appleton and they did not change Appleton's printing number. When the number appears in a reprint by Burt or Grosset and Dunlop, it only indicates which plates they obtained and used. A [3], for example, would tell you they were using the plate from the third printing of an Appleton title, but would give you no clue if that was the first or 20th Burt reprint.

4. Book Supply Reprints: After the Book Supply Company standardized their binding on Harold Bell Wright titles in 1909, there is no way to distinguish between the copies of BSC titles that were printed at different printing houses and at different times. For that reason all copies of The Calling of Dan Matthews, The Uncrowned King, The Winning of Barbara Worth, Their Yesterdays, When a Man's a Man and The Recreation of Brian Kent that have red cloth covers must be considered first editions, even though we know many of them were not.

5. Appleton and Harper and Brothers were much better at providing information. As mentioned above, Appleton changed the number on the last page of text for each printing, and Harpers included complete publication information.

Below are photos of genuine first editions, with a brief list of the identifying marks of each first edition.

Click Photos to Enlarge                        Click on Each Title for More Information

Dust Jacket Cloth Title and Description Date Publisher
That Printer of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket That Printer of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright   1. That Printer of Udell's

Marks: Oval picture on hard cover, pages gilt (gold) on top edge, gold letters on spine.

1902-1903

 The Book Supply Company
The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket   2. The Shepherd of the Hills

Marks: Rectangular picture on hard cover. Roman numerals on title page: MDCCCCVII

1907

 The Book Supply Company
The Calling of Dan Matthews, by Harold Bell Wright The Calling of Dan Matthews, by Harold Bell Wright   3. The Calling of Dan Matthews

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company

1909

 The Book Supply Company
The Uncrowned King, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Uncrowned King, by Harold Bell Wright   4. The Uncrowned King

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company

10/1910

 The Book Supply Company
The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket   5. The Winning of Barbara Worth

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company. The illustration does not show the correct color, which is just like Their Yesterdays, below.

8/1911

 The Book Supply Company
Their Yesterdays, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket Their Yesterdays, by Harold Bell Wright   6. Their Yesterdays

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company

9/1912

 The Book Supply Company
The Eyes of the World, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Eyes of the World, by Harold Bell Wright   7. The Eyes of the World

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company

8/1914

 The Book Supply Company
When a Man's a Man, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket When a Man's a Man, by Harold Bell Wright   8. When a Man's A Man

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company. The first state dust jacket plainly said $1.35 on the spine. I suspect (but have not verified) that the first state book had the brand mark inside cover, and on page 2, had an un-hyphenated "Dickens" in the first newspaper quotation.

8/1916

 The Book Supply Company
The Recreation of Brian Kent, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Recreation of Brian Kent, by Harold Bell Wright   9. The Recreation of Brian Kent

Marks: Any red hard cover by The Book Supply Company

8/1919

 The Book Supply Company
Helen of the Old House, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket Helen of the Old House, by Harold Bell Wright   10. Helen of the Old House

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1921

 D. Appleton and Company
The Mine With the Iron Door, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Mine With the Iron Door, by Harold Bell Wright   11. The Mine with the Iron Door

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1923

 D. Appleton and Company
A Son of His Father, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket A Son of His Father, by Harold Bell Wright   12. A Son of His Father

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1925

 D. Appleton and Company
God and the Groceryman, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket God and the Groceryman, by Harold Bell Wright   13. God and the Groceryman

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1927

 D. Appleton and Company
Long Ago Told, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket Long Ago Told, by Harold Bell Wright   14. Long Ago Told

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1929

 D. Appleton and Company
Exit, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket Exit, by Harold Bell Wright   15. Exit

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1930

 D. Appleton and Company
The Devil's Highway, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Devil's Highway, by Harold Bell Wright   16. The Devil's Highway

Marks: Any Appleton with [1] on last page.

1932

 D. Appleton and Company
Ma Cinderella, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket   17. Ma Cinderella

Marks: "First Edition/G-G"

1932

 Harper and Brothers
To My Sons, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket   18. To My Sons

Marks: "FIRST EDITION/I-I" (Any copy printed by Harper and Sons.)

1934

 Harper and Brothers
The Man Who Went Away, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket The Man Who Went Away, by Harold Bell Wright   19. The Man Who Went Away

Marks: "FIRST EDITION/G-R"

1942

 Harper and Brothers

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