the colour of magic h/b

Discussion in 'THE WIZARD BOOKS' started by edchef, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. edchef New Member

    hi all,anyone know how i can tell if its first edition or not
    the isbn is 086400895 ,its just says first published in 1983 by colin smyth ltd
  2. Maljonic Administrator

    That isn't the ISBN number, it should be 9780552124751... but anyway you can usually tell because it says inside the cover if there were any earlier printings - it usually says First Printed, and This Edition or something like that, but I think the original ones don't say both? 1983 is the first year of printing though I think for hardback.
  3. edchef New Member

    now verified by the publisher

    thanks for your quick response but after i posted here i thought i would e mail the publisher with this...

    'hello,sorry to bother you but i wondered if you could help me.i recently found a hardback copy of this book(i remember buying it 2nd hand in the 80's),and i wondered how i would go about finding out if it is a first edition

    it has the isbn no 0-86140-089-5,the book itself is green with gold title on spine with 205 pages(and a few blanks at the end)
    the protected cover has a stickerwith a review of strata covering up what was written on the cover and says at the back

    colin smythe ltd
    gerrards cross buckinghamshire
    printed in the usa

    thanks for your time'

    and i got the reply the same day on a sunday,what a gent

    'The sticker may have the word Strata in the first line, but the Publisher's Weekly review is of The Colour of Magic, if it is what I think it is. Certainly from everything you say, it is a copy of our first edition, worth some thousands - but depends on condition, of course.'

    i felt a bit daft as i didnt read the sticker properly and it is a review of the colour of magic

    anyway must be my lucky day
  4. redneck New Member

    So, edchef, that means that you have a first edition worth thousands? Congratulations if so.

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