The Dark is Rising*


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Author: Susan Cooper


Illustrator: Alan E. Cober

*Signed bookplate

COOPER, Susan. The Dark is Rising. Illustrations by Alan E. Cober. NY: Atheneum, 1973. 8vo, [xii] 217pp. Black cloth blind-stamped with spine stamped in bronze. Brick red endpapers; 3 two-page b&w illustrations. Faint ripple in blank flyleaf, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (1/2” closed tear at bottom of front, slightest wear at edges, minute soiling along bottom portion of jacket). With a bookplate, signed by Susan Cooper, laid-in.

First edition. 1974 Newbery Honor Book! The second book in the award-winning Dark is Rising sequence. On the Midwinter Day Will Stanton turns eleven and discovers a special gift – that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight. A brilliant book adapted into a pretty poor film, The Seeker.