A Wizard of Earthsea.
Drawings by Ruth Robbins.Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1968 Stock Code: 136572
An excellent copy of the rare true first editionFirst edition, first printing, with the publisher's faint vertical smudge on the title page, running through the "r" in "Wizard", the round symbol, the second "u" in "Ursula" below, the "n" in "drawings", and ending at the "r" in "press", and the trade jacket with "11 up 3.95" at upper corner of front flap and library price clipped from lower corner of front flap, as issued by the publisher.
This is the first instalment in Ursula K. Le Guin's first works for young adults: the Earthsea trilogy. "Although 6,800 copies of the first printing were produced, most copies were sold to public and secondary school libraries, and fine unmarked copies have proved to be quite elusive" (Currey).
Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles in black to spine, title and pictorial design in black to front board, green endpapers. With the pictorial dust jacket.
Title vignette, 5 maps (including one double-page), and head-pieces by Ruth Robbins.
Minor rubbing to corners, faint spotting to edges. An excellent copy in a very good dust jacket, two small stains, slight soiling, a patch of tape across the head.
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