Monster Manual (RARE FIRST PRINTING), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition

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Monster Manual (RARE FIRST PRINTING), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition, by Gary Gygax

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Monster Manual (RARE FIRST PRINTING*), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition, by Gary Gygax

“Over 350 Monsters

This book provides a complete alphabetical listing of all “monsters” encountered in the various works which comprise the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system. It is an invaluable aid to players and dungeon masters alike!”

 

This was the first item released for AD&D. It was also the first ever hardback RPG book. Whilst overall, the Monster Manual is one of the most common D&D or AD&D products, this first print is rare.

Detailed condition description

  • The exterior of the book is in GOOD to VERY GOOD condition.
  • A previous owner has written his name on the first page.
  • There is extensive (but generally neat) pencil annotation throughout.
  • There is some annotation in pen. Again, this is generally done quite neatly.
  • Quite a few of the monster illustrations have been coloured-in with coloured pencils. This has been done very neatly.
  • The book is structurally sound, with no loose pages. (These early printing Monster Manuals were made to last!)

 

 

* According to The Acaeum, first printing copies from December 1977 have the following features:

Cover:

  • Lizard logo
  • Centered, red-lettered “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” at top, with “TM Reg Applied For” in small red letters under that
  • Rough textured (like a 1970’s school textbook, which in fact it was)

Spine:

  • “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” in red lettering, but no registered trademark symbol
  • States “Gary Gygax”

 

  • No ISBN anywhere
  • Endpapers and flyleaves are red
  • Pages are smooth
  • No printing number information on the copyright page
  • Catalog on last page refers to a future “Referee’s Guide” and Outdoor Geomorphs sets 2-4

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