1st edition/1st printing
signed first edition hardback (Bodley Head, 1988)
book in MINT condition - dustjacket in FINE condition (see note on grading, below)
Before Rebus, there was WATCHMAN. This book was published on June 6 1988. Shortly after its publication, Ian was interviewed by my father Alex Dickson for his weekly book programme on Radio Clyde in Glasgow. Ian gave dad a copy of the book, and hand-inscribed it, "29 June 1988. To Alex, Thanks for the chat! Let's do it again.... Best wishes, Ian Rankin"
More information about my dad's collection can be found at:
I use the following grading system:
MINT (M) - This
means that the book is in near perfect condition. It is complete
with its dust-wrapper and is impossible to tell from a new copy.
Dustjacket (if present) as new
FINE (F) - The
book appears to be in excellent condition. Closer examination
however will show signs of ownership and storage. There may also
be a small inscription from previous ownership, but generally the
book is in near perfect condition. Dustjacket (if present) as new
but with very slight rubbing on the corners.
(NF) - Books in this condition will be better that VERY GOOD but
slightly poorer than FINE
(VG) - Slightly less than fine condition. Apart from slight foxing
or fading, the book has no faults. Dustjacket (if present) clean
with excellent colouring but with slight rubbing to most edges
GOOD (G) - It is
obvious that the book is second-hand. However apart from minor
faults, it may be assumed that books in good condition are
complete in all respects, unless described otherwise. Dustjacket
(if present) fairly clean with almost perfect colouring but
suffering from marks, creasing and other signs of wear. Most of
the edges are rubbed or have very small tears in them.
ONLY GOOD - Books
in this condition will be better than POOR but slightly poorer
POOR (P) - This
means that the book will display serious wear and damage, it may
be warped, the preliminary pages may be missing and the spine
irreparably damaged. The text however will be complete but the
book is really only suitable as a reading copy. Dustjacket (if
present) will be tatty and grubby and may well be marked, creased
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