Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin, (partial) Earthsea Trilogy, first UK editions

 These two books came to me from my grandfather's library: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, books one and two from Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy. While not especially rare in this state (both are second printings), these two books and the third (The Farthest Shore) make one of the more handsome trilogies I've seen.

Published by Victor Gollancz in the early 70s, each book features lovely jackets by David Smee featuring a fantastic scene in pen and ink. True first editions of Le Guin's trilogy are fetching substantial amounts on the market, but as a set, they visually lack the cohesiveness of the Gollancz editions. I'd take these any day. 

Currently reading:
The Corpse Exhibition and other stories from Iraq by Hassan Blasim

Currently listening to:
Do to the Beast by The Afghan Whigs

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