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1skullduggery
Jul 10, 2010, 5:04pm

I read recently on a blog that some editions of The Princess Bride were printed with two colour ink. Would anyone here happen to know which edition(s)? I'd love to track one down (hoping of course that it was not only the completely unaffordable first edition!). (I did try the author of the blog, but no response...) Thank you!

2rlsalvati
Jul 25, 2010, 6:10pm

The first copy I read, from our library, before the movie came out, had red ink for the passages that are now italicized. It was a first edition. I believe the red ink is why the first edition is so expensive.

I've been looking for an affordable copy with red ink for a good 20 years, no luck. I settled for the 25th anniversary edition, without red ink, but still keep my eyes open at garage and jumble sales, just in case. Good luck on your quest.

3skullduggery
Editado: Jul 25, 2010, 7:18pm

Thanks rlsalvati! I suspected it must be the first edition . I will have to trust to luck, then.

Is the 25th anniversary edition a nice publication?

ETA: author of the blog confirmed his copy also a first edition.

4Keeline
Fev 14, 2011, 8:13pm

There was both a trade and a book club edition of The Princess Bride from about 1973 which had the two colors of text, much the way that The Neverending Story did a decade later.

Although not the topic of this thread, it may be worth noting again, there is no original "S. Morganstern" edition which is longer than William Goldman's version. Goldman did write a book The Silent Gondoliers which was published under the "S. Morganstern" name just to further the notion that an original edition existed from which his "good parts" edition was abridged. I think perhaps that Goldman doesn't like used booksellers very much to perpetrate such a fraud that causes the same question to be answered again and again.

It may be blasphemy to say so but this is one of those cases where the film is better than the book from which it is based. I can think of others as well but that is a topic for another group, I think.

James Keeline