The fifth novel in the Discworld Series
UK: demy 8vo hbk: Victor Gollancz in association with Colin Smythe, 7,200 copies on 26 May 1988 (0-575-04217-6). After Smythe became TP’s agent, the co-publishing arrangement ceased and future printings appeared under Gollancz’s sole imprint. Reprinted six times, then reissued as a 9”x 6” (22.9 x 15.2cm) hbk, 2,750 copies on 14 November 1996 (0-575-06409-9)
Book proof: Instead of a full book-proof, Gollancz issued a sampler containing the first 61 pages of the book preceded by ‘Discworld’, which was described as ‘An Introduction to the series, composed by the Author, and included to make this special preview sample of Sourcery even more valuable as a collector’s item’.
Discworld Collector’s Library: The Unseen University Collection (hbk, cover engraving by Joe McLaren): Gollancz, February 2014 (978-1-473-20016-6)
Pbk: Corgi, 154,500 copies on 1/7/89 (0-552-13107-5), reprinted 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 (twice), 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 (twice), 1998, etc
New issue, B-format, with black/gold photographic design cover, on sale at same time as Kirby edition, 1 September 2004 (0-552-15262-5)
Reissued B-format with modified Kirby cover: Corgi, 21 June 2012 (978-0-552-16663-8)
Bookclub: BCA, late 1988
BCA’s Unseen Library: 5,000 copies in November 2002 (CN 110263)
USA pbk: Signet (NAL) (cover illus. Darrell K. Sweet), December 1989 (0-451-16233-1)
HarperTorch, cover illus. Ben Perrini, February 2001 (0-06-102067-2) This edition also contains the 16 page section entitled ‘The World of Terry Pratchett’ that appears at the end of the advance reader’s edition of The Fifth Elephant.
Premium pbk: Harper Premium, 30 April 2013 (978-0-06-222-572-6)
Library hbk of pbk: Turtleback (0-613-57278-5)
US book club: Science Fiction Book Club Selection, mid-April 1990 (jacket art by Tom Kidd) ?April 1990 (ref. 16010)
Brazilian/Portuguese: O Oitavo Mago, trs. Roberto DeNice, Conrad, 2003 (85-87193-97-X)
Bulgarian: Магизточник, trs. Vladimir Zarkov, Vuzev/Akhont-V, 31 July 2002 (954-422-073-9)
Chinese/mainland (simplified): Science Fiction World Magazine, July 2012 (978-7-5364-7406-2)
Croatian: Kiselo Čaranje, trs. Drago Štajduhar, Marjan Tisak, 2004 (953-214-166-9)
Czech: Magický Prazdroj, trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress, 8,000 copies in February 1995 (80-85609-67-3)
Omnibus with Wyrd Sisters (illus. Paul Kidby): Talpress, October 2009 (978-80-7197-386-7)
Danish: Megamagikeren, trs. Svend Ranild, Borgens, ?November 2004 (87-21-02444-8)
Dutch: Betoverkind, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot (pseud. of Ruurd Groot), Het Spectrum, 6,000 copies in 1992 (90-274-3103-5)
Reissue: Mynx, 2008 (978-90-225-5117-2)
Schijfwereldomnibus nr.2 (omnibus edition with Mort and Wyrd Sisters), Het Spectrum, 5,000 copies in August 1998 (90-274-6536-3)
Double novel (with Wyrd Sisters): De Schijfwereld, M[De Boekerij], November 2005 (90-225-4313-7, NUR 334)
Estonian: Ürgsorts, trs. Kaaren Kaer & Karl-Martin Sinijärv, jacket illus. Hillar Mets, Varrak, August 2001 (9985-3-0338-5)
Finnish: Velhous verissä, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto, April 2002 (951-23-4265-0)
Pbk: Karisto, January 2003, (951-23-4404-1)
French: Sourcellerie, trs.Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, January 1995 (2-84172-000-4)
Reissue, with new introduction by Terry Pratchett (dated September 2014), 24 April 2015 (978-2-84172-713-1)
Pbk: Pocket, March 1999 (2-266-09093-3)
Pbk with Marc Simonetti cover: Pocket, May 2011 (978-2-266-21185-7)
German: Der Zauberhut, trs. Andreas Brandhorst, Heyne (06/4715), 1990 (3-453-04300-6)
Double volume with Die Farben der Magie [The Colour of Magic], in Heyne’s Tip des Monat series no. 23/117, 1995 (3-453-08974-X) using a cover illustration from the Robert Rankin Brentford Trilogy novel The Sprouts of Wrath.
Reissued in Heyne’s Allgemeine Reihe series, September 2000 (1/12190, 3-453-17063-6)
Bookclub edition of above: Boulevard Taschenbuch (Bertelsmann) May 1998 (00539 7) but with Kirby’s cover illustration for Sourcery.
Rincewind der Zauberer, an omnibus containing the first four Rincewind titles, Die Farben der Magie, Das Licht der Phantasie, Der Zauberhut and Eric, Heyne, cover illus. Tom Kidd , July 2001 (3-453-18942-6).
Republished by Piper, December 2004 (3-492-28517-1); January 2005 (3-492-28500-7)
Reissued with new cover design by Katarzyna Oleska, Piper, May 2015 (978-3-492-28061-7)
All nine Piper Discworld titles issued in a box.with spines combining to create a single image by Katarzyna Oleska, illustrator of all the covers, Piper, 8 June 2015 (978-3-492-28080-8)
Double pbk volume with Das Erbe des Zauberers (Equal Rites), Piper ‘Scheibenwelt im Doppelpack’, April 2011 (978-2-492-26779-3)
Double pbk volume, with Wachen! Wachen! (Guards! Guards!), Piper, March 2013 (978-3-492-26904-9)
Greek: Vita Brevis license revoked [signed January 2001, advance still not paid by November 2004], but published as Πιαστε τον μαγο, trs. Linda Philinnonoiulou [?], under the Ekdoseis Para Pente imprint, 2001 (no ISBN) Copyrighted by Vita Brevis/Para Pente. The publisher ignored the fact he had not paid, but as he had signed the agreement as owner of a company that had gone bankrupt, felt he could use that invalid agreement to justify publishing it with his new company.
Hebrew: מעשי קסמים, trs. Vered Schussman, Kinneret, 1997 (965-286-625-3)
Hungarian: Bübájos Bajok, trs. István Nemes and Judit Nemes, Cherubion Könyvkiadó, c.4,200 copies in ?May 1999 (963-9110-38-8)
Italian: Stregoneria, in Il Mondo del Disco: La Seconda Trilogia (with Mort and Wyrd Sisters), trs. Antonella Pieretti, Mondadori, October 1992 (88-04-36520-X)
Pocket book: TEA/Salani, copertina by Giovanni Manzoni, September 2002 (88-7818-694-5
Norwegian: Magiens kilde, Tiden Norsk, 2,000 copies on 22 September 2001 (82-10-04550-4)
Polish: Czarodzicielstwo, trs. Piotr W. Cholewa, Fantastyka S-ka/Prószyński i S-ka, 1997 (83-7180-007-X); reissued: 2001 (83-7255-809-4)
Hbk: Prószyński i S-ka, 2003 (83-7337-488-4)
Portuguese: Fontiçaria, trs. Mário Dias Correia, Temas & Debates, 1,000 copies in October 2004 (972-759-687-8)
Romanian: Copilul Minune, trs. Dan Ghiord²nescu, Noesis, September 2005 (973-85637-8-X)
Russian: Посох и Шляпа, trs. Iryny Kravtsova, Azbuka, 10,100 copies in 1999 (5-7684-0560-7);
reissue 2001 (83-7255-809-4)
The last of the volumes to be published by Azbuka, although they had contracted to publish six titles. The collapse of the rouble from about 5.9 to the $ to a small fraction had a catastrophic effect on the company. Their translation of Wyrd Sisters was published by Eksmo.
Serbian/Yugoslav: Čudotvorac, trs. Dejan Papiċ, Laguna, 1,000 copies in December 1999 (86-7436-003-3)
Slovakian: Čaroborci, trs. Vladislav Gális, Talpress, 2006 (80-7197-283-5)
Spanish: Rechicero, trs. Cristina Macía (with the collaboration of Celia Filipetto), Martínez Roca, 1992 (84-270-1602-6)
Celia’s aid seems only to have been mentioned in the Altaya edition [check]
pbk: Plaza & Janés June 1999 (col. Jet 84-01-46161-8, vol.342/5, 84-01-47945-2)
reissued in [!]Debolls!llo series. January 2002 (84-8450-877-3) 6th reprint 5/10 (978-84-9793-126-7)
First printing with a new cover, May 2012 [same ISBN as above]
bookclub: Circulo de Lectores (as pair with Wyrd Sisters, cover illus. Xavier Martinez) 2001 (84-226-8664-3; 38406 B)
kiosk: Altaya, 2008 (978-84-487-2292-0)
Swedish: Svartkonster, trs. Peter Lindforss, Wahlströms, 2002 (91-32-32704-8)
Pocket standard: Wahlströms, 2004 (91-32-43452-9)
laminated hbk: Wahlströms, 2003 (91-32-32917-2)
Turkish: 1. Şifaci, trs. Ümit Tosun, Ithaki, 2002 (975-8607-02-2)
2. Hasbüyü, trs. Niran Elçi, Delidolu/Tudem, 2,000 copies, January 2016 (978-605-5060-33-6)
Let us now praise Terry Pratchett. He has been happily mugging us, in his Discworld books, with that rarest of all SF coshes – laughter. Now he puts in the intellectual boot as well, and the resultant galactic giggle may well be considered his masterpiece. Underneath the archness is a memorable account of how we adapt power before it adapts us.
Into Discworld – derived, I’d say from Korda’s The Thief of Baghdad – is born a wizard so strong that the other magicians in the Unseen University collapse in a spectacular conjunction unforeseen by any astrologer. Pitted against him are the insufferably dim Rincewind and a backing-group from universal yuppiedom.
Like Douglas Adams, Mr Pratchett takes his names from the Ministry of Funny Talks. But his jokes are faster, funnier and their surreality is, paradoxically, much more relevant to our present reality. Praise be, indeed! Or, as the blurb-writers might have said – but, thankfully, didn’t – Make Merry With Terry. SF should slap a preservation order on him. Humour such as his is a very endangered species.
Tom Hutchinson in The Times
Brightest, most entertaining science-fantasy discovery in many years, Terry Pratchett’s sword and sorcery epics are irresistibly funny. Sourcery, latest ration of his Discworld series, is the best – an apocalyptic romp in which the ultimate magician threatens to destroy that bizarre planet. Daily Mail
…reasserts Pratchett’s adroitness as a storyteller. Inventive, satirical of the contemporary scene, Pratchett does not merely play with words, he juggles shrewd observations with considerable aplomb…. never takes himself or his message too seriously, and maintains a feather-light touch throughout. Publishers Weekly
The usual delightful wit and wonderful inventiveness that one expects as a matter of course from Pratchett. Science Fiction Chronicle
The funniest fantasy I have ever read. Kirkus Reviews
One turns with relief … to the stylish magic of Sourcery. Guardian
Hilarious. Time Out
The happiest, daftest and most inventive… Terry Pratchett’s giddy new volume about the ‘Discworld’.
The Irish Times
I am very enthusiastic about it and believe he will supersede Douglas Adams in a year or two.
Sarah Broadhurst, ‘Paperback Preview – the Front Runners for 1989’ The Bookseller 13.1.1989
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