Identifying First Printings of
Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope"
March 24, 2016
following describes some of the points we consider when attempting to
distinguish between true first printings and the multiple reprints, deceptive
and otherwise, of this, Carroll Quigley's magnum opus.
no claim that this information is correct or complete so any reliance upon it is
entirely at your own risk. At a minimum, we hope it will help you
identify some points to consider when making your purchase decision.
was first printed in 1966 by MacMillan. It is generally accepted that
after the first printing was distributed certain powers realized Quigley
had "spilled the beans" about their secret plans for global
government. Accordingly, they are said to have persuaded Macmillan to
offer no subsequent printings, despite eager demand for the book.
(Incidentally, there also seems to be consensus that one or more reprints had
this sensitive material removed. We will not address this topic.)
come to our first point. Since ISBN numbers were not in use until the late 1960s,
if your copy has an ISBN number on the dust jacket (per photo below), the
copyright page, or anywhere else, it is a reprint.
Perhaps the next printing was the "Angriff" reprint in
1974. This reprint is readily identifiable by the fact that the fourth
line from the bottom of the copyright page states "Angriff
Press", per photo below. In recent years we heard a vintage interview recorded with
Dr. Quigley in which he described how he was shocked to learn of an
unauthorized reprint of his book by an entity in California. He did
not mention Angriff by name but we think it is reasonable to assume it was this
reprint he was describing. Those not familiar with the reprint history of
this title are regularly fooled into believing the Angriff reprint is a first
printing since the eighth line from the top on the copyright page states
"First Printing", per photo below. We have found that the
Angriff reprint has more value in the resale market than other later reprints.
the Angriff dust jacket. Note the orange color on the front panel.
You will find an ISBN number atop the front flap, and please note the lack of
writing at the bottom of the backstrip. There are additional points but
these are all you need to know.
subsequent printings used black dust jackets similar to one below. While
these reprints have value as reading copies, our experience has been that they
have no collectible value. Further, we do not know which, if any, of
these reprints have had their sensitive material removed.
get to some lesser known points. We found the review slip below in a copy
we purchased online. We have no reason to believe the book it came in was
anything other than a first printing, so will proceed on that basis.
the dust jacket of the copy which contained this review slip. We believe
it to be the true first printing dust jacket.
black and gold coloring of the front panel, whereas the Angriff dust jacket was
black and orange. Some additional points are the $12.50 price atop the
front flap, the word MACMILLAN at the foot of the back strip, and the number
60013 in the lower right corner of the back panel.
the copyright page of the true first printing.
purchased a copy online described as being a signed first printing. When
it arrived we compared the signature with a Quigley signature on file and it
appeared authentic. The book was signed and inscribed on the half-title,
dated January, 1974. (Recall that the Angriff reprint came out in
1974) Unfortunately this signed copy did not have a dust jacket but its
title and copyright pages appeared to be identical to those of the first
printing described above. It was only by accident that we noticed these
two books were of slightly different dimensions!
printing, on right, is 9.5" x 6.75". Our signed copy, on left,
is only, 9.3" x 6.5". Also, note the yellow topstain present on
the first printing but not on the signed copy. Both books contain 1,348
pages. The exterior color and material also seem to be marginally
different, but we haven't explored these issues.
summary, it seems our signed copy must not be a first printing. It is
smaller than it should be, lacks the yellow topstain, and the boards appear to
be covered with a marginally different material.
signed copy is dated 1974 in Quigley's own hand, perhaps it too is an Angriff
reprint, even though Angriff is not mentioned on the copyright page, as we saw
above. Perhaps Angriff made multiple reprints, or perhaps another bootleg reprinter is responsible.
we have examined other copies we believe to be first printings, but their
topstains have faded, sometimes entirely. This is another topic for
We hope this has helped equip you to track down your own true first printing of
this special book. If it all sounds too complicated, please call us at
1-877-660-6118 or click here to purchase one of ours. :-)