London. Gollancz. 2018. First UK Edition, Deluxe Issue. Full Leather. Large thick octavo, bound in full blue leather titled and decorated in gilt, full colour endpapers, silk ribbon bookmark, slipcased. 992 pp, 56 illustrations (including seven colour plates), maps. ONE OF ONLY THREE COPIES MARKED "PC" [Publisher's Copy]. A fine copy in slipcase. Note: Gollancz issued THE BOOKS OF EARTHSEA in a hardbound trade edition without slipcase; there was also a deluxe slipcased limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by Vess on the limitation leaf. Of these 300, the first 30 copies were bound in full leather with a special deluxe gold buckram slipcase by Ludlow Bookbinders. Numbers 31-250 are bound in blue Wibalin in a blue Wibalin slipcase. There were a handful of overruns of both variants which were inscribed PC instead of numbered, this is one of just 3 PC inscribed overruns of the Leather Edition; it is signed by Charles Vess on the limitation leaf. A gorgeous production. Fine in Slipcase. Item #311031
¶ THE BOOKS OF EARTHSEA: The Complete Illustrated Edition was one of the final projects that Ursula Le Guin worked on. For several years a close collaboration with artist Charles Vess produced what she considered to be the 'complete' collection of her Earthsea tales. The illustrations were personally selected by Le Guin, to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life in a totally new way. Stories included are: 'A Wizard of Earthsea', 'The Tombs of Atuan', 'The Farthest Shore', 'Tehanu', 'Tales From Earthsea', 'The Other Wind'; plus the two separate early Earthsea tales 'The Rule of Names', & 'The Word of Unbinding', the previously unpublished story 'The Daughter of Odren', and her two essays 'A Description of Earthsea' & 'Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University'. In addition, Le Guin has written a new introduction plus afterwords to many of the tales specially for this edition, placing them in contemporary context. Note: there was no deluxe issue of the American edition issued by Saga Press.