The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Harper Collins, San Francisco, 1993. First Edition. First US printing with complete number line from 1- 10 and year line starting at 93. ISBN 10: 006-250217-4. Inscribed on the half-title page, "ED/ may love show/ you the best way,/ Paulo Coelho". Hardcover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Light edge wear. A corner fold on the bottom of the back flap. Otherwise, no unusual folds or creases. No tears. No missing pieces. No clips. BOOK: Very light wear on the bottom of the spine. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with some 'snap'. It is possible this book has never been fully opened, let alone read. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. DG19a
Apparent blurring of the back panel of the dust jacket is the result of a shaky hand, not shaky publication.
Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a short (163 pages), inspirational parable about the importance of pursuing one's dreams. Originally published in 1988 in the Brazilian author's native Portuguese, it has since been translated in close to 70 languages and has become one of the best-selling books in history. The Alchemist is a quick and enjoyable reminder for anyone who feels they have become distracted from pursuing their own Personal Legend.