Colour Of Magic [Pratchett RARE 1st Ed]


The first book in Terry Pratchett’s iconic Discworld series and one of the most highly-prized items of modern Science Fiction or Fantasy Literature. Incredibly rare as only 500 copies were printed and the bulk went into libraries.

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Terry Pratchett’s fourth book, but the first in his Discworld series. One of only approximately 500 copies, the bulk of which had a revised blurb mounted over the original “embarrassingly inaccurate” blurb on the front flap and, more significantly, entered libraries.

Very similar to the publishing model used for Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (first editions of which command prices nearer to $100,000), but whereas Rowling’s phenomenon had little faith placed in it by a big publisher (Bloomsbury), Pratchett’s classic had only the support of independent Colin Smythe. After Pratchett’s second Discworld novel, The Light Fantastic, was published, Gollancz took over.


Published by Colin Smythe, 1983 (first edition). Octavo; green papered boards with distinct shelfwear to top and bottom edges (pictured); endpapers appear to have been replaced professionally, indicating probable ex-library (although no ex-lib marks are present); both contents page and title page crinkled (pictured); general grubbiness with some minor marks (also pictured); essentially a very good copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper chipped with some minor loss at the extremities. The publisher’s revised blurb, on a large adhesive label, is mounted over the original blurb on the front flap, at the head of which is the original ‘Colin Smythe’ printed price sticker for £7.95.

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