Signed First/First The Da Vinci Code Hardcover - 2003
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Signed First Edition, First Printing of The Da Vinci Code. Pristine As New condition in As New dust jacket in Mylar protector, tight and unread.
New York: Doubleday, 2003. Cloth. 454 pages. Measures 9.5″ x 6.5″. First Edition Stated: April 2003, First Printing with complete number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. UNREAD As New in As New Unclipped Dust Jacket ($24.95 price on front flap). Has misspelling “skitoma” on page 243 and “Lyon” on page 152 which was later changed to “Lille.” SIGNED by Dan Brown, Name Only and dated May 9, 2003, on Title Page, during his first book tour. Black quarter cloth and black boards with very bright and unsullied gilt lettering on spine, no lean, no bumps, pages clean and bright, no writing in book, no previous owner’s name, binding tight, DJ As New, very crisp and clean and presentable. ISBN: 0385504209. Not ex-library, not book club, not remaindered.
This first edition was an integral part of the intriguing promotional campaign for the novel, in that the artwork in this American version of the bookjacket held various codes, and that the reader who solved them via the author’s website would be given a prize. Several thousand people actually solved the codes, and one name was randomly chosen to be the winner, with the name announced on live television, Good Morning America, in early 2004. The prize was a trip to Paris.
The five hidden puzzles reveal:
- That the back of the book jacket conceals latitude and longitude coordinates, written in reverse, light red on dark red. Adding one degree to the latitude gives the coordinates of the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Northern Virginia, which is the location of a mysterious sculpture called Kryptos. The coordinates were taken from part of the decrypted text of part 2 of the sculpture (part 4 has never been solved). When asked why the coordinates are one degree off, Brown’s reply has been, “The discrepancy is intentional.”
- Bold letters are present on the book jacket. There is a secret message hidden in the text of the book flaps. The message: Is there no help for the widow’s son (a reference to Freemasonry).
- The words “only WW knows” can be seen on the back cover. It is a phrase printed invertedly, in the torn part of the book cover. This too is a reference to part 2 of the Kryptos sculpture.
- A circle with numbers, between the Doubleday logo and the barcode, reveals a secret message. These are the chapter numbers where the initial letters are arranged in Caesar box format, revealing the code “E Pluribus Unum.”
- There is reverse writing on the cover of the book, which is the riddle for the first cryptex.
A sequel to ANGELS & DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE starts off with a bang and doesn’t quit, leaving the reader gasping to keep up with the twists and turns of this amazingly popular academic thriller. The naked, spread-eagled corpse of a senior curator is found in the Louvre’s Grand Gallery, next to a mysterious message written in his blood. The discovery and the subsequent investigation plunge Harvard professor Robert Langdon into the heart of a centuries-old religious conspiracy. Assisted by the brilliant and beautiful Sophie Neveu, a French police cryptologist who also happens to be the curator’s granddaughter, Langdon races to gather clues about an ancient goddess-worshipping cult–purportedly once led by Da Vinci himself–whose members hold the key to one of the most sacred legendary objects, the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, the couple must dodge both the police, who believe Langdon guilty of the curator’s murder, and an albino assassin from an extremist Catholic sect who is desperate to prevent Langdon and Neveu from uncovering a secret that could rock Christianity to its very foundations. THE DA VINCI CODE is a blockbuster bestseller that has gained legions of fans around the globe; the extremely obsessed can even take a special tour in Paris that points out all the key locations in the storyline. The book also has many detractors who say they have found significant flaws in the religious and historical research upon which it is based. The debate reached such a fever pitch that the Vatican even appointed a Cardinal responsible for refuting the book’s claims. The controversy has only increased the book’s popularity, producing a whole host of imitators as well as several books and videos purporting either to further explicate or to poke holes in the THE DA VINCI CODE‘s plot and historical background.
DAN BROWN (1964-), American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code and the 2000 bestselling novel, Angels & Demons, and his latest bestseller The Lost Symbol.
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