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Another Phobos
2004-Jun-25, 03:22 PM
How can I tell? By the edits or something from the copyright page?

Musashi
2004-Jun-25, 03:28 PM
On one of the first left hand pages, actually, the one on the back of the title page. Some books just state which prinitng, and others have a type of "code." What that looks like is it will have a line of numbers: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. I think, the last number is the print run that you got.

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Jun-26, 12:13 AM
Yeah, except the numbers are backward. So if it has

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

you have the second printing.

Musashi
2004-Jun-26, 12:45 AM
:) I had a different book in hand with numbers going up, but yeah, in Bad Astronomy, the numbers go backward. Those two schemes are the easiest ones, some are very odd.

amateurphysicist
2004-Aug-08, 07:40 PM
:D Cool. You learn something new every day.

I had no idea what the deal was with 10 9 8 7 ... etc. In this case (10 9 8 7 6 5), it seems I have a copy from the fifth printing.