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Q: First Editions Library ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: First Editions Library
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: lilias-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 19 Jun 2004 12:58 PDT
Expires: 19 Jul 2004 12:58 PDT
Question ID: 363420
I am trying to find a site that sells reproductions of first editions.
Can you advise me?

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 19 Jun 2004 13:19 PDT
Are you looking for a particular site you have lost?


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 19 Jun 2004 13:27 PDT
There is at least one well-known publisher of first edition
reproductions, known as the First Edition Library.  You can find a
description of them here:

"The First Edition Library (FEL) has published exact facsimiles of
more than 100 of the most memorable books of the Nineteenth and
Twentieth Centuries..."

Please let me know if you are looking for suggestions for other sites
like this one.

Alternatively, if there is a specific book you have in mind that you
would like to find a first edition reproduction for, let us know that
as well.



Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 28 Jun 2004 13:26 PDT
Hello lilias-ga,

I just thought I'd check in with you in case you weren't notified
about my earlier posting.  Is the site I mentioned:

the type of thing you're looking for?  Please let me know.


Subject: Re: First Editions Library
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 03 Jul 2004 20:13 PDT
Hello  lilias-ga,

There appear to be two publishers that create first edition reprints,
largely of classics and popular literature books.  They are:

First Edition Library, with close to 100 titles


Collector's Reprints Inc., with around 50 titles to choose from.


The "top ten" titles available from First Edition Library include:

For whom the bell tolls 
The postman always rings twice 
The dragon murder case 
The heart is a lonely hunter 
Absalom, Absalom!
Tobacco road 
The age of innocence 
One flew over the cuckoo's nest 
The Wapshot chronicle 
The house without a key 

A similar list for Collectors Reprints Inc. includes:

A farewell to arms 
Leaves of grass
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Tortilla flat 
The Bridge of San Luis Rey 
Winesburg, Ohio 
The grapes of wrath
Main street 
Tender is the night 
Miss Lonelyhearts 

A good and varied selection from the two publishers, as I'm sure you'll agree.  

Oddly, neither publisher appears to have a website of their own.  And
odder still, the well-known bookseller sites such as and
Barnes and Noble don't do a great job of finding the reprints by these

But happily, a search of Google's "shopping" counterpart site, Froogle:

does a pretty good job, and produces lists that can lead you pretty
quickly to the titles available, along with ordering information on
individual books.  There are a few red herrings in the list, but for
the most part, these two links below should get you quick access to
most of the first edition reprints.

The first link is for books published by First Edition Library, and
involved a Froogle search on the terms ["First Edition Library"
reprint ]:

Similarly, a Froogle search on [ "Collectors Reprints" ] produces
another good list:


There are also a number of online shops that specialize in
reproductions of first edition dustjackets...not the whole book, mind
you, just the jacket:
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new dustjacket program
which we hope will serve as a welcome resource by making rare vintage
dustjackets once again available to collectors.
In all the world of book collecting, there are few dust jackets as
sought after as those covering the first editions of the novels of
Edgar Rice Burroughs. Now these jackets are offered in facsimile
editions to dress up your own collection, or to grace your wall.
[Another Edgar Rice Burroughs site]
[Onine images of covers of Harry Stephen Keeler's novels].
What we offer. Dust jacket reproductions for your books! Our inventory
is in the hundreds. These reproductions take time to do, and quality
is of the essence. Each dust jacket is trimmed and enclosed in a 
mylar jacket protector, formed and ready to put on your book.
[seems to have a substantial collection of reproductions, and offers a
service for turning covers into posters, as you can see here:]


I hope the answer here provides you exactly the information you were seeking.  

But before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional information.  Just post a Request for Clarification to let
me know how I can help you further, and I am at your service.

All the best,


search strategy:   Google searches on:

"first edition" reprints

followed by the Froogle searches as described above.
Subject: Re: First Editions Library
From: alaskimo-ga on 06 Dec 2004 23:41 PST
I just came across the question about facsimile editions of first
editions and thought I might give a little insite.  I collect "First
Edition Library" books and am some what familliar with them.  FEL's
and "Collector's Reprints" were both published by Easton Press and
about 35 titles are avaliable today from Easton Press by subscription.
 Their toll free number is 1-800-243-5160.  They will send a list of
available titles and you can scratch out any that you own and they
will send one title a mounth for your collection. Also a great resorce
is "First Edition Checklist" by Stan Shelly.  His e-mail address is  Hope this might be of some help.

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