Special Limited Colour Edition. The first book in a new sequence of novels aimed at the young adult market. First edition, first printing. Signed and dated to the title page by Philippa Gregory. Not many of this edition have been signed by the author. A fine unread hardcover in a like dustwrapper.
As well as it being the author’s first book aimed at younger readers, this first edition is a ground breaking book in the book printing industry using the latest printing technology. Along with the standard trade hardcover, a limited full colour first edition was produced with a small run of just a few thousand copies. Colour is not new to book publishing but usually takes the form of separate colour plates. With this title, the colour is fully integrated throughout text of the book, a first in mainstream commercial publishing. The full colour first edition of Changeling is a beautiful book differing from the standard edition with colour title page and graphics throughout the book, the book also contains full colour journey map and full colour medieval chapter heading illustrations by Fred Van Deelen. In the days of the Kindle and other electronic publishing, it is really encouraging that publishers still value the physical book enough to produce an edition like this.