UK First Edition
1966 - Heinemann

US First Edition
1966 - Doubleday

Subtitled A Fable of Innocence. A young, strangely dressed man comes to Magiea, the wonderful city of conjurors, magicians and prestidigitators. He wants to be admitted to the Guild of Master Magicians. But the inhabitants discover that he appears to be able to do magic quite unlike theirs...

I think this book is aimed more at young teenagers than adults. It is certainly not a childrens book, but it is certainly couched in slightly simpler language than his usual books. It is a lovely allegory of the problems that people with different attitudes and talents can have in a closed society.

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Early editions of this book have a blurb on the cover, saying that the story was being filmed by Paramount. But, as far as I can ascertain, it never actually made it to the big screen. I have emailed Paramount to see if I can get any further information, but I am not optimistic.

illustrated editionFairly easy to find - firsts are a bit more difficult.

The first paperback edition in the UK was published by Pan, and it was illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone (101 Dalmatians, Manxmouse and Miracle in the Wilderness.)

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