What is it about a first edition book that makes it that much better? Is it discovering a new writer before everyone else, is it the flaws and inevitable fingerprint of the author, long before the editors and media have picked it apart?
I think it’s all of these.
I love to find the flaws, and also find the beauty within those. It’s endearing when I read a bestseller, and a flaw still remains, a word said backwards or out of sequence, something ending in “ing” when it should have been “ed”
I think that when I read, or find a first edition, it’s the closest to the truth, the closest to getting inside the authors mind.
That’s why we love them, because in the end, there’s always something that gets changed, but it’s nice to say, i read the original…