"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it": First Edition of The Alchemist; Warmly Inscribed by Paulo Coelho
Item Number: 22004
San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half title page, “____ Love is the guide, Paulo Coelho.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paul Zindel said of its protagonist, "A boy named Santiago joins the ranks of Candide and Pinocchio".