Signed first American edition, first printing, and the first edition to use the title THE GOLDEN COMPASS – the UK edition was titled NORTHERN LIGHTS.
Fine in like jacket.
"As I talked to my publisher, I discovered that he too remembered studying [PARADISE LOST], and we sat at the lunch table swapping our favourite lines; and by the time we'd finished, I seemed to have agreed to write a long fantasy for young readers, which would at least partly we hoped, evoke something of the atmosphere we both loved in PARADISE LOST." – Pullman
The DARK MATERIALS trilogy reads much like an "anti-Narnia" (Burton Hatlen), but offers no less magic, fantasy, and wonder for all that. Both Lewis and Pullman drew inspiration from Milton's PARADISE LOST: in fact, this edition's differing title comes from a verse in Milton's epic, misread by the American editor and kept as THE GOLDEN COMPASS after Pullman and his UK publisher had settled on the title NORTHERN LIGHTS. Carnegie Medal Winner. This is a fantastic copy.
Read more: Pullman, "Introduction to Paradise Lost," Oxford University Press, 2005; Hatlen, "His Dark Materials: A Challenge to Tolkien and Lewis," in His Dark Materials Illuminated: Critical Essays on Philip Pullman's Trilogy, 82.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1996). 8.25'' x 5.25''. Original quarter black cloth, black paper boards, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($20.00) color pictorial dust jacket with illustration by Eric Rohmann. , 399,  pages. Signed by Pullman ink black ink on title page.
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