"...For if a whisper means
anything. If it means you'll
hear it. Believe it. Be like my
first little girl friend when they
twisted her arm. Made her tiny
note drop to the floor. Followed
by her tears. When they made
fun of her. And I loved her ever

J.P. Donleavy from
A Singular Man


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books from bona-fide book dealers; however, when one wishes to obtain titles that have
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contacting a seller, get as much specific information as possible on the edition.
Often important details such as condition of the dust jacket, whether or not the edition
is price clipped, and even which printing the edition is may be omitted from a seller's
listing. A so-called "first edition" that is a later printing is not as collectable as a first
printing and should not be priced as high. Also, know how true first editions, limited
editions, and first printings of new editions differ. For example, the first true edition
of The Ginger Man is the Olympia Press ed., published in Paris in 1955. The Franklin
Library edition is a limited, signed edition, not a true first edition. The Delacorte Press
edition, NY 1965 is the first US and first hardcover unexpurgated edition, and so on.

Verifying an edition by ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is generally a good
way to make sure you're getting the edition you want. Recently published books all have
this number imprinted somewhere near the front or back cover. Many out-of-print, older
books have been issued ISBNs after the fact. I've found several conflicting numbers for
Donleavy titles that were published before ISBNs were imprinted directly on the editions.
JPD Bibliography page on this site lists ISBNs whenever possible, and conflicting
numbers will be corrected as discovered.

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Links to Primary Information on Book Collecting

Glossary of Book Terms (ABE)
A Primer on Book Collecting
International Book Collecting Association (IBCA)

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