The Outsiders - Susan Eloise Hinton 1967 - The Viking Press, New York - First Edition Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.

A superior example of the rare first edition of S.E. Hinton's first book, written while she was 16 and still in high school. Set in Oklahoma in the 1960s, the book was inspired by two rival gangs at her high school, the Greasers and the Socs; it was the basis for the 1983 cult film directed by Francis Ford Coppola which included a number of then unknown actors such as Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, and Diane Lane.

The dust jacket without chips, tears, or fading to the spine where the colours are still bright red, as they should be.

‘The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world.’ –
The New York Times.
  Hinton went on to write numerous young-adult novels set in Oklahoma, and in 1988 she received the inaugural Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her cumulative contribution in writing for teens. As of 2014 more than 8 million copies of The Outsiders have been sold.

I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.

A note regarding the price clipping to the front flap of jacket. The lower corner of the front flap had a price of $3.77 which was kept if the jacket was married with the library edition, and the top corner had the trade price of $3.95 which, as in this case, was kept if the jacket was married with the trade edition indicating the true first edition.

Octavo (book size 21.9x15.1cm), pp. [2] 188. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in bright orange.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 111462   Price: HK$ 35,000