The 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 and, due to its initial distribution into libraries, better copies than this particular one are unlikely.

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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 lightly rubbed, with a thin line of tape stain around the lower spine; small one-line library ink-stamp on the bottom edge; ‘cancelled’ ink-stamp on the front flyleaf and rear pastedown, with small reference numbers in ink near them (and also on the rear flyleaf); small strip of residual glue and paper on the rear pastedown where an endpocket has been neatly removed; essentially a very good copy (albeit ex-library, the text-block is basically in very fine condition apart from the small stamp on the bottom edge) with the near-fine unclipped dustwrapper very lightly rubbed 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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