Edition: First US printing.
New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord. ' SIGNED on the title page by Funke. A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Includes a list of characters and a map of Inkworld at the beginning of the book. Illustrated with drawings at the head and tail of each chapter. A lovely book in an unusual wide format, bound in illustrated boards with art by Carol Lawson. 635 pp. ISBN: 0-439-554004.
Condition: Fine in a very good dust jacket (closed tear to dj at base of spine, almost invisible with archival protector on the dj.)