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If you have a collection of short stories or a volume of poetry, it’s likely that you’ll find more than one copyright date on the copyright page. This just means that the stories/poems in the books were published previously in other books, journals, magazines, or wherever. If there’s no “first edition” or impression line for you to reference, check the title page. If the date on the title page matches the latest date in the line of dates on the copyright page, you likely have a first edition. If there’s no date on the title page and no further indication on the copyright page, you’ll have to research the volume individually. This copyright page from a collection of Robert Frost’s poems is an example of multiple copyrights for the poems within.
A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part Two

If you have a collection of short stories or a volume of poetry, it’s likely that you’ll find more than one copyright date on the copyright page. This just means that the stories/poems in the books were published previously in other books, journals, magazines, or wherever. If there’s no “first edition” or impression line for you to reference, check the title page. If the date on the title page matches the latest date in the line of dates on the copyright page, you likely have a first edition. If there’s no date on the title page and no further indication on the copyright page, you’ll have to research the volume individually. This copyright page from a collection of Robert Frost’s poems is an example of multiple copyrights for the poems within.

A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part Two

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    Good stuff to know! Also that weird number on the copyright page (not the ISBN) that is some variant sequence of...
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