In the didn't-that-just-come-out-last-week department,
Fred Reed forwarded this press release about the updated 2nd printing of his book on Civil War Stamp Envelopes.
Author Fred Reed announces that the hardcover edition of his book, Civil War Stamp Envelopes, the Issuers and Their Times, was a complete sellout. "Since we had to go back on press to fill the many orders still at hand, we took the opportunity to swap out some illustrations, amplify some text, and clarify some of the cataloging making V. 2.0 of this book EVEN BETTER," Reed stated. He thanked collectors Joe Boling, David Gladfelter, Chuck Armstrong and Art Paradis for their insightful comments that are incorporated into this second printing.
"This second printing of my new book parallels the rollout of my companion work on Civil War encased stamps," Reed noted. The 484-page first printing of his Civil War Encased Stamps, the Issuers and Their Times appeared in December 1994, and then an enlarged 560-page second printing came out in August 1995. Since this new UPDATE V. 2.0 of the stamp envelope book is a revision, though, this new printing additionally has slightly different graphics on front cover and spine to easily distinguish it from the first printing on a collector's bookshelf. It also has a different ISBN to further differentiate it from the earlier printing.
"We didn't do this to necessarily sell more books," Reed reflected. "Purchasers of the first printing have the 'whole story' about this long neglected field, including all the rarity information and pricing information. The updated printing just presents that story in slightly finer detail in several places," and includes an additional section "How to Use This Book." Price of the 672-page hard cover book remains the same, $79.95 (plus $10 per book postage, boxing, and insurance). Orders for the book may be sent to Fred Reed, P.O. Box 118162, Carrollton, TX 75011-8162.
I confirmed with Fred that that this is the second printing of the first edition. Specifically, the book states: "First Edition, Revised, Second Printing, Updated November 2013" Congratulations on the quick sellout!
To show how common this is in publishing, I Googled "revised first edition" in quotation marks so it would only call up entries with that exact phrase and I got nearly a quarter million hits (everything from The Hobbit to Engineering Thermodynamics)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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