The first illustrated edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s masterpiece, The Left Hand of Darkness. The Folio Society edition also includes an introduction by Becky Chambers and exquisite illustrations by David Lupton.
A Wizard of Earthsea
Illustrated by David Lupton
Introduced by David Mitchell
A true great of the fantasy genre, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea brims over with danger and wild magic. Illustrated by David Lupton and introduced by David Mitchell.
‘The magic of Earthsea is primal; the lessons of Earthsea remain as potent, as wise, and as necessary as anyone could dream’
- Neil Gaiman
Ursula K. Le Guin built her fantasy worlds with an eye for realism and emotional truth; the result with the Earthsea Cycle is a fantasy series that is as moving as it is magical. In his introduction, author and fantasy fan David Mitchell celebrates the striking originality of Le Guin’s world, an archipelago filled with bustling humanity and a solid lack of whimsy. The endpapers of this edition feature maps drawn by Martin Sanders based on the originals by Le Guin, and The Folio Society worked closely with the author to produce illustrations that would do her creation justice. David Lupton’s atmospheric paintings show Earthsea and Ged as the author intended – a place of sea and salt; a hero of light and shadow. The first volume in a quartet that has enchanted generations of readers and writers alike, A Wizard of Earthsea is an essential fantasy classic.
Bound in printed and blocked buckram
Set in Garamond with Dulcinea Serif display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
9˝ x 5¾˝
‘One of the literary greats’
- Margaret Atwood
This special collector’s edition of A Wizard of Earthsea features a stunning binding capturing Ged himself, the lightning-shaped scar on his cheek blocked in bronze, while the endpapers are printed with a newly redrawn map of Le Guin’s magical world. Series artist David Lupton has provided seven dynamic illustrations, with guidance from the late author herself. Whether they depict Ged facing down the Dragon of Pendor, or the young mage on his boat, the stars turning overhead, Lupton’s illustrations feel grounded in the primal magic that is abundant in Earthsea. The first volume in this celebrated series is the beginning of a story spun by one of our greatest storytellers, and no one who hears it will remain unchanged.
Ged, a boy sorcerer learning the high arts of wizardry, falls victim to his own pride and vanity and accidentally releases a terrible shadow into the world. Binding itself to Ged, the shadow-beast destroys all hope of peace for the young mage until he can master it by gaining the greatest of powers: knowledge of the shadow’s true name. Ursula K. Le Guin’s lyrical tale of magic, morality and identity is also a stirring adventure story. Ged battles the Dragon of Pendor, uses weatherworking to propel himself across the Inmost Sea, summons fog and werelights, and transforms himself into a hawk with a Spell of Change. A Wizard of Earthsea thrums with its own mythology, as beautiful and as real as any ancient tale.
David Mitchell is a British novelist. He grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, and studied at the University of Kent, where he earned a degree in English and American Literature and an MA in Comparative Literature. Named one of Granta’s ’Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2003, he has written numerous novels, two of which, number1dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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