Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
FUNKE, Cornelia. The Thief Lord. [Somerset, UK]: The Chicken House . 12mo, 348pp. Red boards stamped in gilt on spine. B&w, pen and ink chapter headings. A fine copy in publisher's original full-color pictorial dust jacket (not price-clipped). Signed by the author, Cornelia Funke.
First English Edition.Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord.
Propser and Bo relish their new "family" and life of petty crime. But their cruel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys' freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself. A beautiful copy of the first English edition of this international bestseller.