The Books Of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin; Illustrated by Charles Vess. Published by Gollancz, London, 2018. Deluxe Limited Signed Edition of 30 copies bound in leather; this being copy number 8. Signed by Charles Vess to limitation page. Large Octavo; 992pp. with 56 illustrations including seven colored plates, maps. Bound in blue leather with elaborate gilt design and titles front and spine, illustrated color endpapers, silk reading ribbon; acrylic jacket; housed in gold illustrated slipcase lined in blue velvet. In beautiful condition.
Ursula K. Le Guin worked closely with renowned artist Charles Vess over four years to translate her vision for the illustrations; the book won the 2019 Locus Award for Best Art Book and a 2019 Hugo Award for Best Art Book. This is a complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles and includes a new introduction by Le Guin; the early short stories; new Earthsea stories and the Earthsea Revisioned Oxford lecture. Stories include: ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, ‘The Tombs of Atuan’, ‘The Farthest Shore’, ‘Tehanu’, ‘Tales From Earthsea’, ‘The Other Wind’, ‘The Rule of Names’, ‘The Word of Unbinding’, ‘The Daughter of Odren’.
Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature. They have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.