A Wizard of Earthsea.
Drawings by Ruth Robbins.Berkeley : 1968 Stock Code: 138935
NotesFirst edition, first printing, signed by the author on a loosely inserted bookplate. The first printing can be distinguished by the smudge on the title page; the binding is here the trade issue without the embossed library issue stamp to rear cover (no priority). "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). A classic of children's fantasy literature, and the first of six books in the Earthsea Cycle.
Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in black, title and pictorial design in black to front cover, green endpapers. With the dust jacket.
Title vignette, 5 maps (including one double-page), and headpieces by Ruth Robbins.
A fine copy, square and firm, cloth and contents clean and unmarked; jacket with both prices clipped, spine panel toned, light rubbing, creasing, and chipping at extremities, a few patches of faint soiling, yet still a very good, unrestored example.
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