The Colour Of Magic [Pratchett RARE 1st Ed]

$12,000

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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Description

 

 
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.

Details:

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.

For further publishing details, see http://colinsmythe.co.uk/terry-pratchett/discworld/discworld-novels/colour-magic/