RPGGeek lists two printings for the original Fiend Folio. So as to identify different printings, what are the observable differences (if any) between the first and second printing?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have reason to believe it changed? Errata wasn't common in the 1E era; I wouldn't expect anything beyond minor typographic fixes, at most. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowRanger: often there were minor differences in cover elements (e.g. different logos) or other inconsequential differences between printings that allowed identifying printings. This is more a matter of identifying the exact printing of books, rather than impact on usage. \$\endgroup\$
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowRanger, the 1ed Deities & Demigods famously had whole mythos eliminated from later printings...Without asking, how is OP to know the Fiend Folio didn't have similar changes? \$\endgroup\$
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    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 1:34
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According to the Acaeum, the 2nd printing has both the ISBN and TSR product number on spine & lower left corner of back cover, while 1st has only ISBN in both places. Instead of the TSR product number on the back, the 1st printing has copyright information: "1981 TSR Hobbies, Inc. All Rights Reserved." and "The designation 'TM' is used to designate trademarks owned by TSR Hobbies, Inc." Internally, the printings should be identical.


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