The Shipping News

Added December 6, 2011
  • The Shipping News
  • Annie Proulx
  • MacMillan Publishing Company, U.S.A. 1993

shipping-news_-front_-cover_ The Shipping News won the 1993 National Book Award and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. It was also nominated for the 1993 Irish Times International Fiction Prize. It was made into a major motion picture in 2001.

The true first edition is the first printing of this edition. They are rare, and signed copies today are valued between seven hundred and fifteen hundred dollars, depending on condition. The Fourth Estate in Britain published an unsigned, limited edition in 2009. This edition can be found for as low as $30. Copies which have subsequently been signed sell for as high as $400. In 2008, Easton press put out a beautiful, signed and leather-bound edition, which you can now get for about two hundred dollars. shipping-news_-copy_

Later printings like this sixth printing (note the 6 showing on the number line) are much more affordable than any of the publications listed above. A lesson: when I bought this copy, years ago, for $25, I could have gotten a true first for about $200. shipping-news_-signature Today, this copy is worth about $50, whereas a true first in the same condition would now cost well over a thousand dollars.

This signed copy is in fine/near fine condition. The book itself is perfect, but the dust jacket shows some crimping at the top of the spine. Although it looks like a sticker, the prize bug is printed directly onto the dust jacket. Stickers generally lower the value of a book more-so than directly printed prize information.

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