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Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman

Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman

This book is number 256 of a double signed limited edition of 1,500 copies.

Title: Once Upon a Time in the North

Author:  Philip Pullman

ISBN:  9780385615235

Weight:  519g

Numbered and double signed clothbound limited edition with slipcase




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Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman

When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson’s first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together.

When a young Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, comes down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little does he realise that he is about to be embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl.

Lee and his daemon, Hester, find themselves the target of political factions trying to take over the running (and oil) of the town.  And also resident in the town are huge arctic bears, ignored and patronised by the people and treated like second-class citizens.  When Lee and Iorek first meet, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions and pressure in town lead to a deadly conclusion…

Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, giving us more extraordinary insight into the world of His Dark Materials.  Includes a thrilling board game!

Peer & Press Reviews

Exuberant, intelligent fun…  Once again Pullman has created a work of art that is enchanting for a child but equally appealing to an adult.

Amanda Craig, Times

Small and elegant, the book is exquisitely illustrated with woodcuts by John Lawrence and rounded off with bits of memorabilia including a newspaper clipping giving a different spin on events plus a board game.  Fast and powerful, this is an exciting read.

Anne Faundez, Carousel

Tantalisingly short, irresistibly snappy and full of dangerous derring-do.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Once Upon a Time in the North
Illustrator: John Lawrence
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This double signed and numbered clothbound limited edition has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the half title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.

Note that the slipcase for this edition is also clothbound to match the book.

Book number: Number 256 of 1,500
Series: His Dark Materials
Overall condition: Fine / na / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the number authentication page by both Philip Pullman and John Lawrence, the books' illustrator.
Book Stats
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Imprint: David Fickling Books
Publication date:
Printed in: Malaysia
ISBN 13:

9780385615235 [slipcase & book]
9780385614320 [book only]

ISBN 10:

038561523X [slipcase & book]
0385614322 [book only]

Format: Hardcover, no dust jacket


Size (h x w x d): 184 x 120 x 24mm [slipcase]
Image and Design Credits
Design: Together Design, based on a concept by Trickett & Webb

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