"I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me": First Editions of Each of Book in Ursula Le Guin’s The Wizard of Earthsea Series; Each Volume Signed by Her

  • The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu and The Other Wind.

The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu and The Other Wind.

$12,500.00

Item Number: 84564

Parnassus, 1968-2001.

First editions, first printings of each of the five novels in Le Guin’s acclaimed Wizard of Earthsea series. Octavo, 5 volumes, original cloth. Each book is signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. The Wizard of Earthsea is the first issue with the publisher’s faint vertical smudge running through the R in “Wizard” on the title page; that continues through the round symbol and into the second U in “Ursula” below, ending at the I in “drawings”, and the dust jacket priced at $3.95. A Wizard of Earthsea with illustrations by Ruth Robbins; Tombs of Atuan and Farthest Shore with illustrations by Gail Garraty. The Tombs of Atuan is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. The Farthest Shore is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Tehanu and The Other Wind are fine in fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.

The Earthsea Tetrology, set in the archipelago of Earthsea, tells the story of Ged, a wizard's apprentice at a school of wizardry. Just as LeGuin was seemingly inspired by Tolkien, J.K. Rowling must have been influenced by this beautiful epic fantasy. Each book in the trilogy is an award winner. The Wizard of Earthsea received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1969 and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. The Tombs of Atuan was a 1972 Newbery Honor Book, and the Farthest Shore received a National Book Award in 1973. George Slusser has described the series as a "work of high style and imagination", while Amanda Craig said that A Wizard of Earthsea was "the most thrilling, wise, and beautiful children's novel ever."

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