J & S Books
Modern Firsts
The things I want to know
are in books; my best
friend is the man who'll
get me a book I ain't read.

Abraham Lincoln
We have a fine selection of modern first editions.  Look over
those shown here and then browse our modern firsts or
search for your favorite author or title.
A few of our modern first editions.
Click on the book image for more information or to purchase.
The Amazing Adventures of
Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon.  
Random House, NY, 2000.  First
printing.  Book and jacket are in very
good condition.  Winner of the 2001
Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  $125.00
Empire Falls by Richard Russo.  
Knopf, NY, 2001.  First printing.  
Book and jacket are in very good
condition.  Winner of the 2002
Pulitzer Prize for fictioin.  $35.00
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa
Lahiri.  Houghton Mifflin, Boston,
1999.  First hardback printing.  Book
and jacket are in very good
condition.  Winner of the 2000
Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  $125.00
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt
Vonnegut.  Jonathan Cape,
London, 1973.  First British
edition.  Book and jacket are in
very good condition.  $85.00
The News from Paraguay by Lily
Tuck.  HarperCollins, NY, 2004.  
First edition.  A National Book
Award finalist.  Book and jacket are
in fine condition.  $45.00.
Independence Day by Richard
Ford.  Knopf, NY, 1995.  Advance
reading and uncorrected proof
copy with dust jacket design
pictorial wraps in thin slipcase.  
Flat signed by the author on the
front free end paper.  The book
is in very good condition.  
J & S Books
P.O. Box 1164
Anderson, SC  29622

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Book grading system

Most book dealers rely on standard definitions when determining the
condition of books.

Very fine/As new
No defects or faults.  Essentially, in the same pristine condition as when
published.  Not used very often by used and antiquarian book dealers
whose books, almost by definition, bear some flaws.

Close to pristine but not as crisp as a new book.  May have minor wear
from having been moved about on a shelf and having been read but
there are no visible defects.

Near fine
Some book dealers use this designation to denote a book that is close
to fine but containing some minor flaws.  J & S Books does not use near
fine as a descriptor.

Very good
Minor wear on either the dust jacket or the book covers.  Any defects
should be described.

Average condition for a book that has been worn by use but with all
pages still bound into the book.  The jacket may have small tears and
may have been darkened or faded by the sun (sunned).  Any defects
should be described.

More serious flaws may be present, such as larger or more numerous
tears, missing end papers or half-title page but all text pages, including
maps and illustrations are present.  All defects should be described.

Sometimes referred to as a reading copy because the book's only
redeeming quality is that all the text pages are intact and legible.  The
book may be soiled or stained, have margin notes or underlining, and
the binding may be loose.

It is standard practice to list the quality of the book first, followed by the
quality of the dust jacket.