A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea. Ursula K. Le Guin, Ruth Robbins, Gail Garraty, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Illustrations.
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea [with] The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind, [and] Tales from Earthsea

Berkeley: Parnassus Press, c. 1968. Robbins, Ruth; Garraty, Gail; Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Hardcover. All volumes octavo size, see below for pagination, three of the six volumes signed by Ursula K. Le Guin. Fine / near fine. Item #18080601

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American fantasy and science fiction author of enormous magnitude and influence; a prolific writer, she examined issues such as gender and sexuality, politics, religion, and environmentalism through the lens of far-off worlds and imaginary characters and settings. Her works have garnered the Hugo Award (multiple times), the Nebula Award, the Newbery Honor, and the World Fantasy Award, among others, and influenced other excellent writers of science fiction, fantasy, and similar genres, such as Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman. This collection of books comprises the Earthsea series, a seminal work of fantasy set in the fictional world of Earthsea, made up of many small islands surrounded by a vast ocean, where magic and wizardry are practised and have dire consequences. Considered to be "high fantasy", this series led to a more serious approach to fantasy by readers and writers alike, as Le Guin expertly weaves concepts of yin and yang and the search for identity into scenes of magic, dragons, and adventure. "Throughout all this work, an underlying pattern can be traced: the quest for one's opposite, with whom one must join together to become whole" (Clute & Grant, p. 572).

All volumes are first editions, except for "A Wizard of Earthsea", which is an early reprint. Three volumes are signed by Ursula Le Guin: "A Wizard of Earthsea", "The Farthest Shore", and "Tehanu" (her name only, no date or inscription). With beautifully drawn maps of the settings of the books, done by Ruth Robbins, Gail Garraty, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, and, in some cases, Ursula Le Guin herself, these volumes are gorgeous examples of Le Guin's best-known fantasy work, one that defined the genre for the generations to come.

___DESCRIPTION: A Wizard of Earthsea: Full teal cloth, black lettering and line drawing (matching the dust jacket) inside rectangular area and ruled border on the front board, black lettering on the spine, light green endpapers, title page with black line drawing of a circle with geometric patterns by Ruth Robbins, double-page black line drawing map of Earthsea by Robbins, black line drawings as headpieces by Robbins throughout; octavo size (8.75" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-10] 11-205, signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. In a light blue paper dust jacket which is not price-clipped (but has no printed price) with a line drawing in orange, teal, brown, and black by Robbins on the front and rear panels, brown and black lettering and grey publisher's device on the spine, a description of the book on the front flap, and bios of Le Guin and Robbins on the rear flap.

The Tombs of Atuan: Full blue cloth with an illustration in silver on the front board, silver lettering on the spine, red endpapers, black line drawing of a map of the tombs of Atuan by Garraty, black line drawings as headpieces by Garraty throughout; octavo size (9.5" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-5] 6-163. In a blue paper dust jacket with white lettering and an illustration by Garraty of a man with a staff in blue and black on the front panel, white lettering on the spine, black line drawing by Garraty on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a bio of Le Guin on the rear flap.

The Farthest Shore: Full black cloth with an illustration of a dragon stamped in silver and tinted purple on the front board (binding A, per Currey), silver lettering tinted purple on the spine, light purple endpapers, double-page black line drawing of a map of Earthsea by Gail Garraty, black line drawings as headpieces by Garraty throughout; octavo size (9.5" by 6"), pagination: [i-x] [1-3] 4-223, signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. In a purple paper dust jacket with white lettering and an illustration of a man and a dragon in green, purple, and black by Garraty on the front panel, white lettering on the spine, illustrations of dragons in green and black by Garraty on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a bio of Le Guin on the rear flap.

Tehanu, The Last Book of Earthsea: Quarter black cloth with red paper boards, title blind-embossed on the front board, red lettering on the spine, ISBN number stamped in red on the rear board, red endpapers, title page with decorative border in black and white, two black line drawings of maps of the island of Gont by Margaret Chodos-Irvine; octavo size (9.5" by 6"), pagination: [i-vi] vii [viii-xiii] 1-226, signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. In a pictorial dust jacket with title in red and yellow on the front panel and spine, a description of the book on the front flap, and a bio of Le Guin on the rear flap.

The Other Wind: Quarter brown paper with orange paper boards blind-embossed with a terrain-like texture, orange lettering on the spine, full-colour map captioned "The Inner Lands of Earthsea" drawn by Ursula K. Le Guin; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-x] 1-246. In a pictorial dust jacket with silver lettering on the front panel, gold lettering and orange illustration on the spine, reviews of the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a black-and-white photograph and bio of Le Guin on the rear flap.

Tales from Earthsea: Quarter blue violet paper with purple paper boards blind-embossed with a terrain-like texture, silver lettering on the spine, full-colour endpapers featuring a map of Earthsea drawn by Ursula K. Le Guin; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-xi] xii-xv [xvi-xviii] [1] 2-296, with the printed signature of Ursula K. Le Guin on the front free endpaper. In a pictorial dust jacket with silver lettering on the front panel and spine, reviews of the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a black-and-white photograph and bio of Le Guin on the rear flap.

___CONDITION: All volumes are fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the bindings tight with solid hinges, the interiors clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new.  The dust jackets are all near fine, clean overall with bright colours, no sunning, with very slight edge wear to some of the folds; "The Farthest Shore" and "The Tombs of Atuan" are price-clipped, all other dust jackets are unclipped.

___CITATIONS: Currey pp. 304-305; Clute & Grant pp. 572-573.

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