How to identify an OUTLANDER first edition
From what I understand (and I'm no expert in these matters!), most of the "first edition" copies for sale on sites like eBay are in fact book club editions, and therefore much less expensive and less desirable for collectors. The First Edition Points site explains how to tell whether it's the real thing or not.
If you click on the picture above, you'll see that biblio.com currently has a signed OUTLANDER first edition available for $575.00. (!)
Also, there is an autographed hardcover copy of CROSS STITCH up on eBay right now, selling for $625.00. (!) Here's a picture of the cover:
This is, by definition, a "first edition", as Diana says there was only one printing of the original CROSS STITCH hardcover. It's worth a look, just for the rarity of it, even if you don't have that kind of money to spend on a book (and I certainly don't!) As Diana explained on Compuserve in 2009,
The original UK hardcover edition of CROSS STITCH had a print run of only 2000 copies--so is probably much more "collectible" than OUTLANDER, which had a print run of 25,000.I have no desire to collect the first-edition hardcovers myself, but I just thought I'd pass along the information in case any of you are interested.