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Harper's First Edition Codes


Zane Grey's main publisher, Harper's, began using code letters to indicate when an edition was published in 1912. These code letters were located on the copyright page and can be used to determine the true first edition. Sometime around 1920, Harper started using the indication "First Edition" also. As you look at the listings of Zane Grey's writings on other pages of this website, you will see the codes listed for the true first edition. Use the following table to decipher these codes.




Table of Harper's First Edition Codes

  Months
 
  A January G July  
  B February H August  
  C March I September  
  D April J October  
  E May K November  
  F June L December  

  Years
 
               
  M 1912 Z 1925 N 1938  
  N 1913 A 1926 O 1939  
  O 1914 B 1927 P 1940  
  P 1915 C 1928 Q 1941  
  Q 1916 D 1929 R 1942  
  R 1917 E 1930 S 1943  
  S 1918 F 1931 T 1944  
  T 1919 G 1932 U 1945  
  U 1920 H 1933 V 1946  
  V 1921 I 1934 W 1947  
  W 1922 K 1935 X 1948  
  X 1923 L 1936 Y 1949  
  Y 1924 M 1937      

Reference

Additional information on First Editions and Book Collecting can be found by following the links below:

Collector FAQ's

Variants for the First Editions:
An Excerpt from Lloyd Rogers' Book, Zane Grey First Editions


Book Condition Guide:
How to Grade the Condition of a Book You are Trying to Sell or Buy




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