Player’s Handbook (1ST PRINTING), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition

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Player’s Handbook (1ST PRINTING), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition, by Gary Gygax

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Player’s Handbook (1ST PRINTING), hardback core rulebook for AD&D 1st edition, by Gary Gygax

“No more searching through stacks of books and magazines to find out what you need to know. The Player’s Handbook puts it all at your fingertips, including:

  • All recommended character classes – Fighters, Paladins, Rangers, Magic-Users etc
  • Character races – Dwarves, Elves, Gnomes, Half-Orcs, Humans etc
  • Character Level Statistics
  • Equipment Lists with Costs
  • Spell listings by level and descriptions of effects (including many new spells!)

As a dungeon adventurer or a dungeon master, you will find the contents of this book to be what you have been waiting for. All useful material is now compiled under one cover, especially for players!”

 

 

This is a FIRST PRINTING (but not a ‘true’ First Printing, which had white endpapers and flyleaves) of the AD&D 1st Edition Player’s Handbook. According to The Acaeum, First Printings have the following distinguishing features:

  • Wizard logo
  • Cover art is of two thieves prying the gems out of a large demon idol
  • “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” is centred on the cover top, with “Players Handbook” (in white lettering) towards the bottom
  • No ISBN
  • Endpapers and flyleaves are orange (this is the only feature differentiating this print from the True First print above)
  • Copyright page does not state the printing month/year, nor the edition
  • Catalogue on last page refers to a future “Referee’s Guide” and Outdoor Geomorphs sets 2-4
  • The charts on the Reference sheets in back do not have intermittent shading.

 

I would describe the condition as generally GOOD. The book is free of internal marks and annotations and there is only a tiny amount of foxing. However, there is a small gold address label on the front flyleaf and perhaps more importantly, the book has been covered in transparent plastic. While this has almost certainly protected the book (after all that is what it’s for), it is visible.

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