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The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le GuinThe Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le GuinThe Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le GuinThe Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le Guin

This is № 105 of an exclusive edition of only 250 copies

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Title: The Books of Earthsea

Author:  Ursula K. Le Guin

ISBN:  9781473223547

Weight:  1.88kg

Limited and signed (by the illustrator) first edition, first printing with slipcase

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The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea.  Includes six novels, short stories and non-fiction, and with over fifty illustrations by Charles Vess.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature – they have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honours, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.

Now for the first time ever, they’re all together in one volume – including the early short stories, Le Guin’s “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and new Earthsea stories, never before printed.  With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition also includes over fifty illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin, to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life in a totally new way.

Stories include: ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, ‘The Tombs of Atuan’, ‘The Farthest Shore’, ‘Tehanu’, ‘Tales From Earthsea’, ‘The Other Wind’, ‘The Rule of Names’, ‘The Word of Unbinding’, ‘The Daughter of Odren’ (published in print for the first time), ‘Firelight’ (Le Guin’s last story), and ‘Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University’.

With stories as perennial and universally beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings – but also unlike anything but themselves – this edition is perfect for those new to the world of Earthsea, as well as those who are well-acquainted with its enchanting magic: to know Earthsea is to love it.

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Books of Earthsea
Author
Illustrator Charles Vess
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered and slipcased limited edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading online bookseller working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in signature page, directly before the half title page, that displays the book’s handwritten number.

Printed on this page is the title of the book followed by the words ‘This special edition of The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin signed by the illustrator, Charles Vess, is limited to 250 copies of which this is number xxx / 250’.  The name of the publisher and the month / year of publication is also recorded on this page.

In practice, there are only 220 copies of this edition – numbers 31 to 250.  The first 30 signature pages having been allocated to a deluxe leatherbound edition.

Book number 105 of 250
Edition features

The main design elements of the book are:

  • Stunningly beautiful pictorial endpapers
  • Fifty-six illustrations (including seven lavishly coloured plate sections)
  • Maps of Earthsea
  • Book and slipcase covered in a quality, blue Wibalin Buckram textured paper
  • A gold coloured ribbon marker and decorative head and tail bands

The content highlights include:

  • Six novels
  • Four short stories
  • An essay
Series The Earthsea Cycle – books 1 to 6
Overall condition Fine / na / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed By the illustrator, Charles Vess, on the signature / number authentication page.
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Gollancz
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781473223547
ISBN 10 1473223547
Format Hardcover with slipcase, no dust jacket
Pages 992
Size (h x w x d) 249 x 165 x 68mm [slipcase]
Packed weight 1.875kg [very heavy book]

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