A Fantasy HighspotUrsula K. Le Guin. A Wizard of Earthsea. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, . First edition, first state (with faint vertical smudge on title-page). Octavo. 205, [206-208: blank] pages. In the publisher's decorated cloth library binding, lettered and stamped in black, in original first printing dust jacket with "11 up $3.95" printed at upper edge of front flap. Spine and fore edge of boards slightly darkened, previous owner's signature to front endpaper. Jacket clipped at bottom of fore edge, removing "Library Edition $3.90," spine panel and edges lightly tanned, faint tide-mark at lower margin and base of spine panel. Very good overall. From the collection of Dr. Stuart David Schiff.
More Information: First book of the Earthsea series. Although 6800 copies of the first printing were produced, most copies were sold to public and secondary school libraries. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4B-98. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 85. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 39. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 629. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 447-59. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 692-97. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 110.
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