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Plath | Sylvia

The Bell Jar

First American Edition | 1st Printing


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First American edition of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

Octavo, 296pp. Maroon cloth over boards, title stamped in silver on spine. Top edge stained pink. Stated “First U.S. Edition” on copyright page. First printing with no number line on page 296. Solid binding, slight lean to spine. Top corners bumped and lightly worn, bottom edge of volume rubbed. Light dusting along top edge. In publisher’s illustrated dust jacket, retail price of $6.95 on front flap with code “0471” at bottom, light toning to interior, spine ends and top/bottom edges of front panel rubbed, crease along top edge of front panel, closed tear along top edge of front flap fold, light shelf wear to covers. A nice example of this semi-autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet and short story writer. The Bell Jar was her only novel. The book was originally published in England in 1963 under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas.” Plath died by suicide a month after its publication. In 1967, the book was published for the first time under Plath’s name, but it was not until 1971 that it was finally published in the United States. The Bell Jar was adapted into the 1979 movie of the same name, starring Mary Hassett and Julie Harris.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Harper & Row, Publishers


First American Edition, 1st Printing

Date Published







Very Good

Jacket Condition

Very Good


Plath | Sylvia