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first edition

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  1. the whole number of copies of a literary work printed first, from the same type, and issued together.
  2. an individual copy from this number.
  3. the first printing of a newspaper for a given date.
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Origin of first edition

First recorded in 1900–05
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  • Fight against the first-edition craze, which is the maddest craze that ever affected book collecting.

    The Private Library

    Arthur L. Humphreys