‘SilverFin’ U.S. Paperback Artwork
As previously reported by CBn and The Young Bond Dossier, a somewhat odd US paperback version of Charlie Higson’s first Young Bond novel, SilverFin was found through the online auction site, eBay. With the true official US paperback shipping from amazon, CBn is now able to compare the two, and confirm that there are indeed two versions of this edition.
Both editions of the US SilverFin paperback share the same cover art (pictured right). The real differences are that the “Special” paperback edition is shorter when compared the regular edition, and that the price of the “Special” edition is $4.99, while the regular edition has a price of $6.99. The ISBN on the back cover of the “Special” edition is 142310113-8, while the regular edition’s ISBN is 07868366-3. Lastly are the two most important differences: the “Special” edition indeed has the words “SPECIAL EDITION” in red on the back cover as well as the front inner flap. Finally, the “Special” edition features a preview of Blood Fever at the end of the book, while the regular edition does not.
Thanks to some further investigations by The Young Bond Dossier, it turns out that this edition is most likely a Scholastic Book Fair title with the lower price. For a picture of this “Special” edition of SilverFin, check out The Young Bond Dossier.
Just how rare is this US “Special” paperback edition of SilverFin? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for all the latest Literary 007 news and coverage.