This post is part of our Harper Lee Reading Day: a celebration of one of the most surprising literary events of our lifetime, the publication of her new book, Go Set a Watchman. Check out the rest right here.
There have been over 40 million copies of To Kill a Mockingbird sold worldwide since its first publication in 1960, translated into over forty languages. With all those copies out there in the world, I thought I’d check out some of the covers of this iconic book. Some were stunning, others a little creepy, and a few I wanted to buy immediately for my collection. With 337 listed on Goodreads, there were a lot of covers to look at.
So, how many of these covers do you know? How can you tell a true first edition? Do you remember which one you had for your school reading? (I had #8.) Where can you buy one with illustrations and a slipcover? What did some of the international covers look like? Check out some of them below:
1. First US Edition, published in 1960 by J.B. Lippincott Company. Approximately 5,000 first printings were produced.”FIRST EDITION” is stated on the copyright page, and the dust jacket has the price of $3.95. The back of the dust jacket has a photo of Harper Lee taken by Truman Capote. The hard cover is brown with a green spine.
2. First British Edition, published in 1960 by Heinemann
3. Folio Society Edition (UK), published 1996 (cloth-bound and slipcased, 85 illustrations)
4. 50th Anniversary Edition, published June 2010 by William Heinemann
5. 50th Anniversary Edition, published June 2010 by Arrow Books Ltd.
6. 50th Anniversary Edition, published May 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
7. 50th Anniversary Edition, published April 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group)
8. First published 1960 by J.B. Lippincott Company (same cover published by numerous publishing houses afterward)
9. Published February 2004 by Vintage Classics
10. Italian edition by Feltrinelli
11. Chinese edition
12. Persian edition
13. French edition by Livre de Poche
14. Spanish edition by Zeta Bosillo
15. Norwegian edition by Aschehoug
So, what’s your favorite edition?