Books by Robin Hobb
1995. Bantam Spectra, 0-553-37445-1, Advance Reading Copy, paperback, ARC version of the next entry, stating the publication date of the paperback as April 17, 1995, while publication data state May 1995.
1995, May, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-37445-1, $12.95, trade paperback, cover: Michael Whelan.
1995. HarperCollins UK, 0-00-224606-6, Advance Reading Copy, paperback version of the next entry, with the notes 'uncorrected proof, not for sale', cover: John Howe different from the trade versions. Believed to have only 250 - 500 copies printed (source is a former editor from HarperCollins).
1995, 7 Aug, HarperCollins UK, 0-00-224606-6. 9.99, hc. cover: John Howe. [First edition Hardcover, printrun about 2000, half of that became Library editions]
Note: the dustjacket should have ?9.99 printed. For this book I do not know of dustjackets without price, for more details see below at the UK edition of Royal Assassin.
Update July 5 2001; today I received another copy of this book, with a dustjacket (with a crease on the back alas) that has no price. this is sometimes a sign of a bookclub edition but there has been no bookclub in exactly the same format, binding, number line etc. as far as I know.
My guess now is that half of the 2000 copies could have gone to libraries without a price on the DJ. alternatively it could have been that a part of the printrun was combined with a priceless DJ for export to Australia or whatever. Another one is this explanation from Lavie Tidhar: 'one I heard from a HarperCollins publicist, was that its a proof dust jacket of some sort. hence no price.'
If you buy one take a good look at the gold lettering of Assassin's Apprentice, as that tends to get damaged
1996, March, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-57339-X, $6.50 / $6.99, pb. [7th printing reported! in 1999-2000, lost count by now]
1996, March, HarperCollins UK, 0-00-648009-8. 5.99, pb.
1996, Oktober 21, Unieboek ( Van Holkema & Warendorf). 90-269-7376-4, 39.9 NLG, pb. cover:Tejo Hendriks, Moordenaarsleerling, abbreviated translation by Erica Feberwee. (Dutch)
Note: this edition, my dear readers, was my first encounter with Robin Hobb, I had to wait years for the rest.
1996, Natur och Kultur, 9127057372, hc, Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens Larling, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1997, Feb 4, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7180-073-8, 18 zl, tpb, cover* note 4. Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Uczen skrytobojcy, Translation by Agnieszka Cieplowska (Polish)
1997, Otava, 951-1-14448-0, FIM 136 (22.87 €), hc, Title: Salamurhaajan oppipoika, translated by Sauli Santikko (Finnish)
1997, Natur och Kultur, 9127069095, Skr 187, tp, Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens Larling, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1997, FutureGates, ISBN: 963-04-8054-9, paperback (large) Az orgyilkos tanitvanya, translated by Horvah Norbert. (Hungarian), Cover Art: Csaba Zsilvolgyi ("Max"), remark: this book has not been split in 2 parts!
1997, Azbuka (=Alphabet - Russian Publishing House in Sint Petersburg), ISBN 5-7684-0328-0, hc, cover: Michael Whelan.Title: Uchenik ubiytsy, translated by Mrs M Yunger. (Russian)[thanks to Tanya, and Sergey Kolesnikov]
1998, Astrolog, trade paperback (Hebrew)
1998, April, Meulenhoff, 90-290-5700-9, 49.9 NLG, hc, cover John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / deel 1 Leerling en meester, Erica Feberwee & Peter Cuijpers.(Dutch)
1998, Natur och Kultur, 9127071197, Skr 60, pb, Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens Larling, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1998, Sept. 1, Pygmalion, 2-85704-560-3; 139 FF, tp, price. 139 FF, cover: Michael Whelan, L' apprenti assassin, translated by Arnaud. Mousnier-Lompre (French)
1999, April 30, Meulenhoff, 90-290-5966-4, 36.9 NLG, trade paperback, cover John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / deel 1 Leerling en meester, Erica Feberwee & Peter Cuijpers.(Dutch)
2000, April, Natur och Kultur, FANTASY, An anthology for schools on Fantasy, with a chapter from A. Apprentice, two versions exist of this book: Antologi (91-27-57113-0) and Guide (91-27-57114-9).
The Guide (for teachers) contains historical information on fantasy genres, different types of Fantasy and examples of themes used in Fantasy. Thanks to Michael Hollander from Natur och Kultur for details. For my comments on this schoolbook: note 5
2000, 24 oktober: The dutch translation of the Farseers ( Leerling en meester, Moordenaar des konings en Vermogen en wijsheid) will be published in a cheaper 'Mpact-edition', normally a trade paperback with a slightly different cover. details to be filled in later per booktitle. Meulenhoff, 9029068329, NLG 25, paperback, further like tradepaperback of Meulenhoff. The size could be somewhat smaller.
2000, Otava, 951-1-16662-x, 8,40 € Salamurhaajan oppipoika, in a pocket book series called Seven.
2000, Varrak, ISBN. Title: Salamortsuka opilane, translated by. (Estonian) Review in Estonian. (Thanks to Kristjan R.)
2001, February, J'ai Lu, EUR 7,60 / 49,85 FF, paperback, 509 pages, L'apprenti assassin (L'assassin royal 1/6), translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French)
2001, Sept. 30, J'ai lu. EUR 7,13 / 46,77 FF, paperback, 414 pages, L'Assassin Royal, tome 2. L'Assassin du roi, Translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre.
2001. Krakatit, ISBN. 179, paperback, title: Farseer - Krev a jed, translated by. Jan Kozak (Tsjech)
2002, 1 November, Fantasy Foundation. Trade Paperback (?), Chinese. (click for large cover)
(I could not determine if this is a publisher belonging to Business Weekly Publications of Taiwan, which was first mentioned as having the rights)
2003, Fanucci Editore,ISBN: 88-347-0922-5, € 17,00, L'apprendista assassino, 448 pages, translated by. Paola Cartoceti
(Italian) see cover below next to the spanish one.
2003-2004. Caligula, (Danish)
October 2003, DistriMagen, La Factoria de Ideas, Spanish. Each book will be split into two volumes for publication, with the first volume appearing in October 2003. Successive books will come out in November 2003 (or later), April 2004, October 2004, April 2005 and October 2005)
'Assassin's Apprentice' will appear in the Spanish bookstores in two halves:
'.Aprendiz de asesino' La Factoria de Ideas, Solaris Fantasia, n? 30 (DistriMagen)
ISBN: 84-8421-845-3, Referencia: LFL1533 · Price (without tax): 12,95 € tax (4%): 0,52 € total: 13,47 €, Pages: 296,
Number (in the series from this publisher): 30
cover from the usa cover but with the UK lettering for Robin Hobb
'La diplomacia del asesino'. L'apprendista assassino
1996, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-37563-6, $12.95, trade paperback, cover: Michael Whelan.
1996, HarperCollins UK, 0-00-224607-4. 14.99, hc. cover: John Howe [First edition Hardcover]
Note: the dustjacket should have ?14.99 printed. There are 'first editions' known that do not have the price printed of this book. The explanation could be that the book is a first but that the dj is specially prepared to let the book be used as Advance Review Copy or that this was done for export to e.g. Australia. I do not know of an ARC in paperback format of this book, while there is an ARC in existence for the part 1 (AA)
1996, HarperCollins UK, 0-00-224607-4. 15.99, hc. cover: John Howe [second printing ?]
1997, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0-00-648010-1. 5.99, pb.
1997, February, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-57341-1, $6.50/ $6.99, pb.
1997, August 18, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7180-698-1, 28 bl, tpb, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Krolewski skrytobojca, translator: Agnieszka Cieplowska (Polish)
1997, Otava, 951-1-14615-7, FIM 154 ( 25.9 €), hc, Kuninkaan salamurhaaja, translated by Sauli Santikko (Finnish)
1997, Natur och Kultur, 9127065413, hc, title: Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Vargbroder, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1997, FutureGates, ISBN: 963-04-8055-7, A kiraly(=king) orgyilkosa (assassin), translated by Horvath, Norbert and Papp, Cseperke (who translated the poems), Cover Art: Csaba Zsilvolgyi ("Max"). (Hungarian) [Thanks to Janos Loczi.]
1997, Azbuka (=Alphabet), Royal Assassin divided to two parts
Part I, 1997 - "Korolevskiy ubiytsa" - "Royal Assassin" 5-7684-0357-X, hc,
cover: Michael Whelan.
Part II, 1998 - "Tayna ubiytsy" - "Assassin's Secret", 5-7684-0360-4, hc,
cover: Michael Whelan, translated by Mrs M Yunger. (Russian)
[thanks to Sergey Kolesnikov for Russian titles and cover of Part II left, click cover to enlarge]
1998, Astrolog, trade paperback (Hebrew)
1998, Camarilla, ISBN: 963-04-9078-1, Royal Assassin Part II. (A nep orgyilkosa) (publisher FutureGates went bankrupt, an other publisher bought the rights), translated by Norbert Horvath, Poems: Cseperke Papp, Cover Art: Csaba Zsilvolgyi ("Max") (Hungarian)
1998, Natur och Kultur, 91-27-07227-4, SKr 187, tp, title: Beratt elsen om Fjarrskadarna - Vargbroder, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1998, Aug. 6, Meulenhoff, 90-290-5701-7 * note 1, 49.9. NLG, hc. cover: John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / Moordenaar des Konings. Peter Cuijpers.(Dutch)
1999, February 1, Pygmalion,2-85704-567-0, price 139 FF, tp, cover: Michael Whelan, L'assassin du roi / L'assassin royal*. Part 1 of Royal Assassin, translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French) note 2.
16-09-1999, Pygmalion, 2-85704-591-3, FF 139.00, Trade Paperback, La nef du crepuscule, translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French) Part 2 of Royal Assassin.
1999, April 30, Meulenhoff, 90-290-59672. 39.9 NLG, trade paper, cover: John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / Moordenaar des Konings. Peter Cuijpers.(Dutch)
2000, 25 oktober, Meulenhoff, ISBN: 9029068337, NLG 25,00, Mpact edition, pocket, further like the trade paperback.
2000, Natur och Kultur, 91-27-08123-0, SKr 63, paperback, title: Beratt elsen om Fjarrskadarna - Vargbroder, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
2000, Otava, 951-1-16663-8, 8,40 €, Kuninkaan salamurhaaja, in a pocket book series called Seven. (thanks to Sini)
2001. Krakatit, ISBN. 179, paperback, title: Kralovska magie, translated by. Jan Kozak,cover by Thomas Thiemeyer (Tsjech)
2002, Jan. 31, J'ai lu. EUR 7,13 / 46,77 FF, paperback, 413 pages, L'Assassin royal, tome 3. La Nef du crepuscule, Translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre.
2002, May 31, J'ai lu, EUR 7,13 / 46,77 FF, 349 pages, L’Assassin royal, tome 4. Le Poison de la vengeance, Translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre.
2004, Fanucci Editore,ISBN: 88-347-0982-9, € 18,00, L'assassino di corte. 592 pages, translated by Paola Cartoceti (Italian)
1997, March, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-10640-6, $22.95, hc. cover: Stephen Youll.
1997, March 3, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0-00-224608-2. 16.99, hc. cover: John Howe. [First edition Hardcover]
Note: the dustjacket should have ?16.99 printed. There are 'first editions' known that do not have the price printed of this book. The explanation could be that the book is a first but that the dj is specially prepared to let the book be used as Advance Review Copy or that this was done for export to e.g. Australia. I donot know of an ARC in paperback format of this book, while there is an ARC in existence for the part 1 (AA)
1998, Astrolog, trade paperback (Hebrew)
1998, January, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-56569-9,$ 6.99, pb.
1998, Mar -Jan, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0-00-648011-X. 6.99, pb, cover by John Howe) [*Farseer] Reprint (Voyager 1997)
1998, July, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7180-202-1, 39,00 zl (2 volumes), tpb, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Wyprawa skrytobojcy, translator: Agnieszka Kwiatkowska (part 2&3 was done by: Cieplowska, name change? married or divorced?) (Polish)
1998, November 26, Meulenhoff, 90-290-5712-2, 49.9 NLG, hc, cover: John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / Vermogen en wijsheid, Peter Cuijpers .(Dutch)
1998, Otava, 951-1-14200- 9, FIM 171 (28.76 €), hc,Salamurhaajan taival, translated by Sauli Santikko (Finnish)
1998, Natur och Kultur, 912707045X, Skr 276, hc, title: Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens jakt, del 1 (part 1 of A.Q.), translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1999, Azbuka (=Alphabet), again divided in 2 parts, 5-7684-0559-3, hc,
cover: Stephen Youll. Part I - Stranstviya ubiytsy (English. - Assassin's quest)
2000 - ISBN 5-7684-0382-5, hc,
cover: Michael Whelan. Part II - Vozvrascheniye ubiytsy (English. - Return of the Assassin)
Translated by Mrs M Yunger.
[thanks to Sergey Kolesnikov for Russian titles and cover left of Part II, click to enlarge]
1999, April 30, Meulenhoff, 90-290-59680. 39.9 NLG, trade paper, cover: John Howe, De boeken van de Zieners / Vermogen en wijsheid.Peter Cuijpers.(Dutch)
1999, Natur och Kultur, 912707501X, Skr 276, hc, title: Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens jakt, del 2 (part 2 of A.Q.), translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1999, Natur och Kultur, 9127079430, Skr 144, tp, title: Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens jakt, del 1 (part 1 of A.Q.), translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
1999, Natur och Kultur, 9127079457,Skr 144, tp, title:Berattelsen om Fjarrskadarna - Mordarens jakt, del 2 (part 2 of A.Q.), translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
2000, January, Pygmalion, 2-85704-612-X, FF 139.00, Trade Paperback, cover: Copik, Le poison de la vengeance (Assassin's Quest) (L'assassin Royal 4), translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre, cover see below. Review in Le Monde (in French) April 2000. Backup Link for Le Monde (without detailed pics)
Information on 'Le poison. ' from a French list of SF&F publication dates,
Other French info from: http://www.culturesurf.com/
click the covers to read them
2000, March, Pygmalion, 2-85704-627-8, FF 149.00, Trade paperback,
La Citadelle des ombres, this volume contains the first 3 volumes in French (Assassin's apprentice and Royal assassin part 1 and part 2) See cover above right. 2000, May, Pygmalion, 2-85704-643-X, 139 FF, Trade paperback, cover: Copik, La voie magique, (Assassin's Quest) (L'assassin Royal 5) Translated by Arnaud Mousnier-Lompre.
2000, October, [according to amazon.fr published on "22 janvier 2001"] Pygmalion, La reine solitaire (l'Assassin Royal 6) (Assassin's Quest - part 3), ISBN. 2-85704-679-0, FF 139, Trade paperback, 317 pages, Translator. Arnaud Mousnier-Lompre, Cover. Copik
Thanks to Frederic Beurg for explaining the French publication history, he has a website on Fantasy including Hobb, click directly here. Or here for an overview of all Hobb books.
2000, May and July, Camarilla, Assassin's Quest Part I. and II. (Az orgyilkos kuldetese I.-II) Translated by Norbert Horvath.(Hungarian)Hungarian Title: "Az orgyilkos kuldetese I." [Volume One] ISBN: 963-00-3068-3, ISBN: 963-00-3461-1 [Volume 2], paperback (large), Translator: Norbert Horvath; poems: Cseperke Papp, Cover Art: Csaba Zsilvolgyi ("Max")
2000, 25 oktober 2000, Meulenhoff, ISBN: 9029068345, NLG 25,00. M-pact edition, pocket, further like the trade paperback.
2000, Otava, 951-1-16664-6, 8,40 €, Salamurhaajan taival, in a pocket book series called Seven.
2001, March, Pygmalion, 2857046839, La Citadelle des ombres Part 2, contains: Le Poison de la vengeance, La voie magique, La reine solitaire. This completes the Farseers
2002, Oct. 4, J'ai lu, paperback, 382 pages, L'Assassin royal, tome 5. La Voie magique, EUR 7,13 / 46,77 FF.
2003, Jan. 8, J'ai lu, La reine solitaire, paperback, EUR 6,65 / 43,62 FF.
200x, France Loisirs, a bookclub with its own adapted covers: L'assassin royal, tome 4. Le poison de la vengeance 416 pages, Couverture souple
200x, France Loisirs, a bookclub with its own adapted covers: L'assassin royal, tome 5. La voie magique, 404 pages, Couverture souple. Format 11 x 18 cm. These 2 are just examples. They have the other books of this series also, 3 original volumes split in 6. And they are working on the liveship traders (not mentioned below as bookclub editions are not that interesting, they are cheaper for readers, sometimes!)
The Liveship Traders
Ship of Magic.
1998, March 2, HarperCollins, 0-0-225478-6. 16.99, hc.,cover by John Howe, [The first hardcover edition] Format. 24.1 x 16.2 cm, weight 1 kg, 667 pages.
1998, March- April, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-10324-5, $23.95, hc. cover: Stephen Youll. [It's certainly later then March, 2, 1998]
1998, Bantam, Book Club Edition (BCE),1121121349, hc.
1998, June 1, HarperCollins, 0002256738, hc, cover by John Howe, socalled Australian Edition, Format slightly smaller: 23.4 x 15.3 cm, weight 880g, 667 pages. These editions are considerable cheaper then the standard UK editions and differ in ISBN, size and weight. Possibly this is a trade paperback instead of hardback with this printing info: "Set in Linotype Postscript Goudy by Rowland Phototypesetting Ltd, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk". But "Printed and bound by The Griffin Press, Netley, Australia". further stated: Special Overseas edition /Published by Voyager 1998/
1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2/ <snip> ISBN 0 00 225 673 8
However: Bol.com in singapore offers this ISBN as hardback and named it australian edition.
1998, May, BCE UK CN4150. 9.99, hc, cover by John Howe. similar to the HarperCollins edition. publisher of this BCE not known. this BCE seems to be somewhat smaller then the first edition.
1998, July - June, SFBC #14132. $11.50, hc, cover by Stephen Youll. This is similar to the Bantam Spectra edition, except it lacks a price and has the SFBC number on the back jacket.
1999, Feb 9, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-57563-5, $6.99, pb.
1999, March 1, HarperCollins Voyager, 000649885X. 5.99, pb.
1999, June 30, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7180-471-7, 22.00 zl, tpb,142 mm x 202 mm, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Czarodziejski statek - Srodek lata (subtitled "Midsummer" for this Polish edition) translator: Ewa Wojtczak, 360 pages, part 1, (Polish)
1999, July 26, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7255-338-6, 22.00 zl, tpb, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Czarodziejski statek-Jesien, zima (subtitled "Autumn, Winter") translator: Ewa Wojtczak, 472 pages, part 2, (Polish)
1999, July 16, Meulenhoff, 90 290 5969 9, 49.9 NLG, Trade paperback, cover: John Howe, De boeken van de levende schepen / Het magische schip. Peter Cuijpers. (Dutch) [On November 26,1998 you could purchase a Robin Hobb hardcover for that same amount from Meulenhoff, it's getting expensive]
2000, Oktober, Natur och Kultur, 91-27-07507-9, Skr. 276, hc, Title: Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen/Magins skepp, del 1, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish), The trilogy is announced in Swedish translation as 6 volumes but later data showed otherwise, covers are from the USA versions. one of these 2 entries is likely wrong, but can't determine which, probable this one. The next one is then correct. email pls if you know.
2000, Natur och Kultur, ISBN: 91-27-07915-5, Skr.339 (orig. 400), Inbunden = Trade paperback or Hardback. title: Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen/Magins skepp, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish), Looks like a complete part 1 of the trilogy.
2001, June 12, Series is titled: Les Aventuriers de la Mer. Volume one: Le Vaisseau Magique, Pygmalion, ISBN: 2857047088, 139,00 FF / EUR 21,19, Amazon Fr.prix: 132,11 FF/EUR 20,14, Trade Paperback, 308 pages. Translated by Arnaud Mousnier-Lompre.
2001,Pygmalion, ISBN: 2857047290, 328 pages, Les aventuriers de la mer, tome 2. Le navire aux esclaves.
2002, May 26, Pygmalion, ISBN. Les Aventuriers de la Mer (The Liveship Traders), volume 3, La conquete de la liberte. Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny have not been translated and it is doubtful if they will get translated as the publisher picked up the Tawny Man series first. (status of May 2003)
Later news from Nov. 2003: next parts will become available from March 2004 as translation continued by a new translator. Arnaud is working on the Tawny Man series.
2002, June, Natur och Kultur, ISBN: 91-27-08502-3, Ca-pris: 57:-. pocket=paperback, title: Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen/Magins skepp, translated by: Ylva Spangberg. (Swedish)
2003? Eksmo will publish Russian translations of all Hobb books according to Robin on her own board, this means that the Liveship Traders will get a Russian translation.
2003, SZUKITS KONYVKIADO, ISBN: 9639441759, Pages: 356, Size: A/5 142, Buvos hajo, Translator: HORVATH, NORBERT, (All three LST-books will be cut in half and published in 2 volumes each, due to the length of the book. This is Part One of Ship of Magic. thanks to Norbert.) cover cover artist: Jantner, Janos
2004, J'ai Lu, Le Vaisseau magique, tome 1: Les aventuriers de la mer, Arnaud Mousnier-Lompre (Translation), EUR 6,50, Amazon Fr: EUR 6,18 (This is the pocket book version)
left empty on purpose
(The) Mad Ship / Ship of Madness
1999, 1 March, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0002254794. 17.99, hc. UK title: The Mad Ship, weight: 1000 g. pages: 673, Format. 24 x 16 cm.
1999, 1 March, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0002247135, pages: 688, format: 23.4 x 15.3 cm, Edition. ANZ Only Ed.
1999, April 13, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-10333-4, $24.95, hc. USA title; Mad Ship.
1999, BCE-UK from BCA CN: 07844, see Ship of Destiny for comparison.
2000, March, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-57564-3, $ 6.99, pb.
2000, June 17, Meulenhoff, 90-290-6672-5, 49.50 NLG, tpb, cover John Howe, De boeken van de levende schepen / het dolende schip. Peter Cuijpers. (Dutch)
2001, July 2nd, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7255-876-0, 26 zl, tpb, 264 p, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Szalony statek, volume 1: "Spring", translated by Ewa Wojtczak. [thanks to Jo'Asia for all Polish updates and additional information]
2001, September 12th, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7255-887-6, 26 zl, tpb, 232 p, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Szalony statek, volume 2: "Summer", translated by Ewa Wojtczak.
2001, October 8th, Proszynski i S-ka, 83-7255-892-2, 26 zl, tpb, 312 p, cover by Piotr Lukaszewski, title: Szalony statek, volume 3: "High Summer", translated by Ewa Wojtczak and Lucja Grudzinskad.
2001, Natur och Kultur. ISBN: 91-27-08450-7, price:
276:-, Bandtyp: Inbunden, Pages: 786, title: Sorgeskeppet-Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen II, translated by: Lena Karlin. (Swedish)
2002, Natur och Kultur, ISBN: 91-27-09394-8, Ca-pris: 57:-. Pocket, title: Sorgeskeppet - Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen, del 2, Lena Karlin (Swedish)
2004, Pygmalion, part 4 of "Les Aventuriers de la Mer" titled "Brumes et Tempetes". This is the first part of The Mad Ship. French, new translator!
Ship of Destiny
2000, March 6, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0002254808. 16.99, Amazon Price. 13.59, hc, 677 pages, 1 kg, format: 24.2 x 16 cm
2000, March 6, Voyager (an imprint of HarperCollins), 0002261677. 10.99, hc, this is the socalled overseas edition or 'ANZ Only Ed.', pages: 688, format: 23.4 x 15.3 cm.
2000, August in USA, Random House - Bantam Spectra, 0-553-10323-7. $ 24.95, hc. From r.a.s.w. according to Andrew Wheeler: "I know it's been written, because I've hefted the manuscript
(and a whomping great monster it is, too, well over 1000 typed pages). I haven't read it myself yet, but
all indications are that it is the end of this trilogy."
Here is a small pic of the cover by Stephen Youll:
2000, 17 Oktober, Meulenhoff, ISBN. 9029066733. 49,90 NLG/ 910 Bfr. tp, cover John Howe, Het bestemde schip. Erica Feberwee. (Dutch)
2001, March 1, HarperCollins/Voyager, 0006498876, paperback (18cm height), 400 pages (?),?5.99, UK.
2001, reportedly there is a small sized hardcover for about 3. sold as bruised bargain, that could be a special edition. Dave supplied these details: published by BCA 2000 by arrangement with Voyager, an imprint of Harper Collins, CN9176 [note: part of the ISBN], printed and bound in Germany by Graphischer Grossbetrieb Possneck GmbH, ISBN No. 0000000091763. Conclusion: it's a bookclub edition, showing up in shops. Normally I do not list bookclub editions because the details are difficult to get and bookclub editions are seen as not collectable.
2002, Natur och Kultur, ISBN: 91-27-08514-7, Ca-pris: 318:- ,Inbunden, title: Odets skepp - Handelsmannen och de magiska skeppen,del 3, Lena Karlin (Swedish)
2003 Sept, Natur och Kultur, ISBN: 91-27-09698-X, Ca-pris: 57:-, Pocket, see above.
The Inheritance (short story)
2000, September, HarperCollins/Voyager, ISBN 0 00 761265 6, paperback. 0,00. A sampler when you buy one of 35 paperbacks for ?5.00.
3000 samplers printed, containing 5 short stories including The Inheritance by Robin Hobb and one by Jan Siegel (also collected by yours truly, but discontinued when she got too much into simple witches)
comment: a nice story in the Bingtown area, the same stage as the Liveship Traders but completely separate.
Translated into Dutch also.
The black and gold cover is difficult to scan.
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A New Series of Three Books: title: The Tawny Man Trilogy (2001 and later)
Part 1 has the title: Fool's Errand (2001) featuring Fitz 15 years after the end of Assassin's Quest. The following list is taken from Amazon UK and may contain errors as these listings do change over time. I always wonder on the source of the different ISBN's.
July 2001 Advance Review copy of Fool's Errand, Voyager, HarperCollins, 0 00 225 4726 7 (=HB), some cases a A4 print of the cover (see right pls.) was included but these do not always stayed with the book. My copy misses it.
4 september 2001, Meulenhoff, 90-290-7003-X, hardback, 49,58 NLG= 22,50 €, cover John Howe, De oproep van de nar, Peter Cuijpers. (Dutch)
This is remarkable as this translation precedes the original English - UK version.
26 September 2001, HarperCollins Australia, ISBN: 0007110561
Price (Aust RRP): $29.95, Amazon UK Price. 11.99, Trade Paperback, No. of Pages: 600 pages.
The Australian Trade Paperback is printed and bound by Griffin Press, Netley, Australia.
This indicates that the files are shipped or transmitted from UK and not the books!
Typeset in Goudy by Palimpsest Book Production Limited, Polmont, Stirlingshire
1 - 15 October, 2001, Voyager, ISBN: 0002247267, Amazon UK Price. 17.99, Hardcover - 592 (was 600) pages, format: 23.4 x 15.3 cm.
Fools Errand; The Tawny Man Book 1, Hardback published by Book Club Associates, 2001.(UK bookclub) The format is somewhat smaller: 20 cm x 13 cm and 584 pages
7 October 2002. 21 October, 2002, OR 23 sept. 2002 Voyager, ISBN: 0006486010, Amazon UK Price. 6.99, Paperback - 640 pages, Strange cover with new font for the name of Robin Hobb. This is a dummy or mockup cover never used for the real books. Only with part 2 of this series it appeared to be designed by HarperCollins as a new layout and came into use with part 2 of the Tawny Man series
Jan/Feb, 2002, Bantam Spectra, ISBN 0-553-80148-1, Hardcover, $24.95
This big cover is not to my taste, sadly enough. Cover by Youll (right below)
November 2002, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-58244-5, $6.99, pb.
November 2002, Spectra, $6.99. eBook.
2002, Pygmalion, ISBN. 2857048068, Trade Paperback, Le prophete blanc, postponed to 2003, coming out in March, using the USA cover, translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French)
2003, November, Otava. in their Otavan fantasiaromaani -series, ISBN: 9511181947, Narrin Matka the series Kultainen Lordi 1 (Tawny Man), translator Sauli Santikko (same as in the Farseers), about 720 pages, hardback 145 x 215 mm (Finnish)
2003, contract signed with Mag (Jacek Rodek) (Polish) apparently a new publisher, details to follow later.
Here are those details, thanks to Jo'Asia including corrections (the cover has been changed!):2003, June 24th, Published by: MAG. ISBN: 83-89004-50-X, Title: Misja Blazna, the first volume of "The Tawny Men", Zlotoskory trilogy, Price: 35 zl, [most likeley a trade paperback], pages: 595, Translated by: Zbigniew A. Krolicki, it is part of a fantasy serie: Andrzej Sapkowski przedstawia - Andrzej Sapkowski presents (A.S. is the most popular Polish fantasy writer and for a few years he presents fantasy books for this serie)(Jacek Rodek is the name of the owner, not a part of the publisher name) (Polish)
Cover is by "Ciruelo" (via Thomas Shluck GmbH)
2003 May 9, Pygmalion, ISBN. Trade Paperback, La Secte maudite ( L'Assassin royal, tome 8), using another part of the USA cover of Fool's Errand - this is the second half, translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French)
2003 Oktober, Natur och Kultur. ISBN: 91-27-07449-8, Ca-pris: 339:-. "Inbunden", 608 pages, Swedish Title: Narrens uppdrag, series title: Den gyllene mannen, del 1, translated by Lena Karlin, cover: they use the Howe covers again! (See UK covers)
of the UK
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Part 2: Golden Fool
12 June 2002, HarperCollins, Page Proof, UK. It contains exactly the same error as the UK Hardback below: the missing chapter called "Fathers". This also resulted in a text page count of 599 instead of 632 (numbered pages).
Augustus 2002, (11 September in the bookshop when preordered) De Boekerij/Meulenhoff, Imprint: Uitgeverij M, ISBN: 90-225-3263-1, 24,50 €, hardback-576 p. cover: John Howe, De Gouden Nar, vertaling: Peter Cuijpers. the cover right is a mockup as the definitive cover looks like the UK version, only the fonts used for title and author are correct here
The definitive Dutch cover of 'De Gouden Nar'.
Note the different fonts for both the author and the name of the book. click image for larger version.
The Dutch Publisher kept the format the same as with Fool's Errand. (different then HarperCollins; they changed the font for the name of Robin Hobb)
21 October, 2002, New: 23 Sept. 2002 Voyager, ISBN: 0002247275, Amazon UK Price. 17.99, Hardcover - 600 pages.
The font used for this cover shown right might be different for the real book but now confirmed to be as shown in the UK cover right.
This message from Harper Collins, picked up from Robin's official board explains all about pub. date and THE manufacturing error of the year 2002:
A chapter is indeed missing from the Australian edition of Golden Fool. As a result, all stock (in the UK and in Australia) is being recalled and pulped, all orders are being frozen. The missing chapter is being set at the printers at this very minute and will be incorporated into a revised version, making sure all the page numbers and later chapter numbers roll on. The official publication date will be moved from 7th to 21st October here and in Australia. We will have corrected bound stock in by 12th October. Our sales force and customers all over the world are being made aware of the problem. No one is supposed to have sold any stock yet (though I suspect this error must have been picked up because of an early, unofficial sales) but we are making sure everyone knows that if they have an erroneous copy, we will of course replace with a corrected one as soon as we have them.
NB. The official date to go on sale was supposed to be October 7. (This coming Monday.) The defective books slipped out in early sales.
The missing chapter is called 'Fathers' and was supposed to be chapter 16.
What does it mean for the first english editions? hardback and trade paperback? they are missing a chapter. As a rule of thumb they do not become collectors item as opposed to stamps. Curious if the next printing will have another numberline. Others may differ in opinion on this matter; this book might become an collectors item. Me myself? I don't know!
The corrected copies are getting shipped by end october. New ISBN number:0007160380, also shown on the new printed dustjacket. Numberline starts with an 1, hardcover - 632 pages (numbered).
There's obviously at least one line missing in this UK edition of GF. It's in the last Nettle scene fairly at the end of the book. On page 620, there's this passage:
". A tiny blue bird alighted in a branch over her head and sat fanning its delicate wings.
I asked her curiously.
Her hands closed around the treasure she clasped."
Correct Quote from pages 510-511, US hardcover.
. A tiny blue bird alighted in a branch over her head and sat fanning its delicate wings.
What do you have there? I asked her curiously.
Whatever I have, it is mine. Just as your secrets are yours.
Her hands closed around the treasure she clasped. She pressed it to her chest, concealing it within her heart. Had she fallen in love, then?
Taken from the Ezboard thanks to AliasPrue and Andreamlt, the Dutch first edition was complete.
WHSmith stated that they have a cheaper Hardback Published: 3 March 2003 ISBN: 0007160399, this is another ISBN number then any of the others, might be the UK Trade Paperback, checking with the Australian versions reveals that this IS the Trade Paperback.
The mockup or
July 2002, Bantam Spectra, Advance Reading Copy, yellow printed cover over pictorial cover, see ARC's page.
December 2002, Bantam Spectra, 0-553-80151-1, $24,95, Hardcover. click left cover for larger version.
January 2003, Spectra, 0-553-89720-9, $19.95, eBook.
December 2003, Spectra,0-553-58245-3, $6.99, Paperback, 912 pages.
Oct. 2002, Voyager; ISBN: 000711057X, Amazon UK Price. 11.99, Hardcover* - 600 pages.
* Maybe again the ANZ export edition.This ISBN was first listed as 'new fantasy #2' on Amazon UK.
According to Harper Collins in Australia this IS the Trade Paperback, ISBN: 000711057X
Price (Aust RRP): $29.95 Publication Date: 25 September 2002
Note that the cover displayed is a fake. (at least on June 30, 2002)
In case the link to the book does not work pls. find an alternative link
Also this edition did miss chapter 16 'Fathers'.
Publication Date: 31 October 2002, The corrected Trade Paperback has a new ISBN also:
ISBN: 0007160399, Price (Aust RRP): $29.95, Height & Width: 23.4cm x 15.3cm.
20 October, 2003, Voyager, ISBN: 0006486029. 6.99, Paperback - 688 pages
November 2002, a bookclub edition, stating 'published 2002 by BCA arrangement with Voyager'. No ISBN number. Slightly smaller format Hardback
Also the bookclub edition appears in 2 versions: with or without the chapter "Fathers" the correct version has 632 pages and carries Book Number CN 108349. I do not know if this was the same number or that a new number was assigned.
30 Oct. 2003 Les secrets de Castelcerf (first part of The Golden Fool) - Pygmalion, 2857048386, 300 pages, Prix editeur. EUR 21,20 Amazon prix. EUR 20,14
translated by A. Mousnier-Lompre (French)
2004 (planned) second part of TGF - Pygmalion.
Part 3: Fool's Fate.
Robin Hobb on her own board august 31, 2002 on this book:
I'm still deeply involved in writing the last book.
I have an outline, and how I regard that is that this tells at least one possible way to write the book. But I don't feel bound to follow it absolutely. If a better idea beckons, I follow it. Luckily, my editors are very patient with me in this regard.
I think that when writers experience writer's block, it is because they have come to a crossroad where there are too many choices. The hard part is selecting one and moving on with it. Even knowing that I can back up and delete pages and go in a different direction, it's still a momentous event when the book takes a particular path out of many.
In some ways this is the most difficult book I've ever written. I feel more as if I am cutting and shaping stone than as if I am selecting words. There is a lot to wind up here and only one book left to do it all in.
Wish me luck.
RH (Which we all do of course)
of the UK
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Dutch and UK versions
Fool's Fate: Book Three of the Tawny Man (The Tawny Man) Amazon uk Price. 18.99 (august 2003: -50% discount at amazon uk)
Hardcover - 816 pages (20 October, 2003)- in the shop on 3 Oct.- Voyager; ISBN: 0002247283
books.buyaustralian.com list it as published on Sept. 24, 2003 [I believe this to be a mistak] for Aus$54.95
Preceded by the Dutch translation on 30 July 2003*, De Boekerij/Meulenhoff, Imprint: Uitgeverij M, ISBN: 90-225-3601-7, 28,50 €, hardback- Gebonden met stofomslag, 768 p. cover: John Howe.
Het Lot van de Nar
*date in the shops
24 September 2003, (this became beginning Oct.) HarperCollins Australia: 0007110588, Trade Paperback, Price (Aust RRP): $29.95
End September 2003 From the Fantasy and SF bookclub Published Price. 18.99/Club Price. 11.99
Publisher: VOYAGER, Order Code: 2427094, A Special Hardback Edition-
This has exactly the same content as the publisher's hardback edition, but this special format is available exclusively through us in a sturdy jacketed hardcover to prolong the life and collectability of the book. The format is sometimes smaller than the original hardback version with a standard format of 204mm x 130mm.
Comment: collectability is nonsense as bookclub editions have no collectability! Bookcollectors go for the first edition, first printing hardback, sometimes the Paperback Original (PBO) if that precedes a hardback, but never the bookclub edition!
BCA No: CN 118719
Amazon.uk is a good source to find IF a certain version has been published.
1 March 2004, HarperCollins UK, ISBN: 0-00-711058-8, Trade Paperback, Price. 12.99 (This is the same bookversion as sold in Australia but probably printed in UK, it has the same ISBN)
18 October 2004, HarperCollins UK, ISBN: 0-00-648603-7, Format: Paperback, Price. 6.99.
September 2003, Fool's Fate, Bantam books (which is Spectra) 631 pages. Advance review copy, bound in full color paper galley covers.
February 2004, Fool's Fate, Spectra, 0-553-80154-6, Hardcover, $ 24.95,
February 2004, Fool's Fate. Spectra, 0-553-89872-8, eBook, $ 17.95,
Other Translations (For German go to the German Biblio Page pls.)
Margaret Astrid Ogden was born on March 5th, 1952 in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and has lived also in Denver, Kodiak and Hawaii. She majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. She now lives in Tacoma, Washington. As an author she is known under her pen names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm .
Robin Hobb has been a professional writer for over 30 years: she started her career writing short stories for children's magazines and moved to fantasy and novels about 10 years later.Writings by Robin Hobb The Farseer trilogy The Liveship Traders trilogy The Tawny Man trilogy The Soldier Son trilogy Rain Wild Chronicles Realm of the Elderlings prequel Fitz and the Fool Short stories Essays Awards Endeavour Award Imaginales