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I am familiar with proof writing. I can read books such as Axler LA, Shilov Analysis, and Courant Differential and Integral Calculus.

For the abstract algebra course in the Fall, there is no required textbook. The teacher teaches from his own written notes.

I have seen Artin recommended on these forums. I have found the first edition for less than $20, and the second edition for $80.

Is their any significant difference between the two editions? Ie., numerous typos in the first?explanations made clearer in the 2nd? etc?

Also, how does this book compare to say Harsthorne or Dummit and Foote?