First edition, first printing of Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, in the scarce first state dust jacket.
Octavo, 212pp. Red brick cloth, title stamped in white on spine. The first printing, with “first edition” statement on copyright page. Faint dust remnant to top edge of text block, point of rubbing to front cover, internally fine. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $3.95 on front flap and no ISBN on rear flap, closed tears to rear panel with archival tape repair, bright illustrations. Illustrated dust jacket by Reisie Lonette.
A scarce first printing of Where the Red Fern Grows.
Where the Red Fern Grows first appeared as a three-part series in The Saturday Evening Post in 1961, titled “The Hounds of Youth.” This first printing in book form also appeared in 1961, where it received positive reviews, but sales were sluggish. The book was published by Doubleday for an initial retail price of $3.95. A second printing appeared in 1971 with a price of $4.95 on the dust jacket and identical publication information on the copyright page, but without the “first edition” statement.