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Richard Bach. Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Copyright by Creature Enterprises, Inc. Design copyright by Joan Stoliar. If both, simultaneous or staggered? Introduced by author. Is the typography readable? Is the book well printed? Paper size: 6. Margins: On average, just over 1 inch from top; 1 in. Further description of typography: Three different fonts are used throughout the book. After 15 pages of that, a typed font R with serifs is used. Is the paper in the copy or copies you examined holding up physically over time?

Three different stocks are paper are used in this book. All appear to be wove paper. A thick, granulated kind is used for the endpapers. The journal section of the story is printed on a moderately thick stock with even edges, reproduced to look like notebook paper but obviously made of a much higher-quality stock than actual notebook paper.

The rest of the book is printed on thicker paper than the journal, and the edges are not smoothly cut. Bound in white trade cloth with dust jacket. The dust jacket has a black background with white text and is covered with protective mylar. The back of the dusk jacket features a quote from the text in white letters on a black background. Five separate sections are bound, then all sections bound together as one. The binding is a dotted line grain, and there is an impression of a feather on the front of the book.

The binder's title appears in the same font as the one on the dust jacket and title page. The spine itself is.

The bound book measures 6. Bright blue endnotes are also included in the book. Design copyright by Joan Stoliar All rights reserved. No part of this book may be repro- duced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the Publisher, excepting brief quotes used in connection with reviews written spe- cifically for inclusion in a magazine or newspaper.

Manufactured in the United States of America. Illusions: the adventures of a reluctant Messiah. B [PS Interlinear decorations appear on pages 30, 38, 66, two on this page , , and a feather as opposed to a leaf. See supplementary materials for pictures of the decorations. If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each illustrations, cover art, typography, etc. June, Mass Market Paperback. Dell Publishing Company. February Febrary, According to Publishers Weekly, there were at least 13 printings of the book.

By August 15th, there had been five printings. By September 19th there had been a 6th printing. By October 31st, there was a 7th printing. By January 23rd, there had been an 8th printing.

By May 8th, there had been a 10th printing. Christmas inspired a 13th printing of the book, taking the total number of copies to , I found no evidence of later hardcover printings. Large print edition. Boston, G. Hall, London: Prior, Originally London edition. London: Heinemann, London edition. London: Pan Books, The latest edition to be printed was the mass market paperback in , which I found through Amazon. The total number of hardcover, first edition copies printed was , The last sales figures available reported that, when , copies of the book were printed, , of them had actually been sold.

Bowker's Annual reports that a total of , copies were sold in and After the third printing, there were , copies. By August 15th, there had been five printings which had produced , copies of the book. By September 19th, after a 6th printing, there were , copies. By October 31st, there were , copies after a 7th printing. Bowker reports that over , copies were printed in By January 23rd, after an 8th printing, there were , copies of the book.

By March 27th, there were , copies in print. By May 8th, there had been a 10th printing, producing a total of , print copies of the book, , of which had actually sold. By July 3rd, a total of , copies were in print. Bowker reports that , copies were sold in , taking the total to over , Source: Publishers' Weekly , March February I did, however, find an ad for another of Bach's books.

In the ad the success of both Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions was celebrated. The ad proclaims Illusions' "79 weeks on the bestsellers list! Richard Bach was featured in an add for Delacorte Press. His picture and name appeared on the top of a page of Delacorte's most popular authors.

The advertisement appeared in the June 26th, issue of Publishers' Weekly. In an article by Anthony Starr that appeared in the April 10th, New York Times Book Review , Starr reports that Bach is "going on a nationwide barnstorming tour to promote his book. Several sound recordings of the book were made.

Bach, Richard. Read by the author. General note: Duration: 58 min. Physical description: 1 cassette. Publication info: New York, Caedmon, If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. Barcelona: Pomaire publishing, Lisboa: Moraes, Buenos Aires: Pomaire, Kiev: Sofiia, Saint-Laurent, Quebec: Flammarion, Buenos Aires : J. Vergara, Ilusoes: as aventuras de um messias indeciso.

Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record, Illusionen: die Abenteuer eines Messias wider Willen. Berlin: Ullstein, Mandarin, Buenos Aires ; Mexico : J.

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A Reluctant Messiah

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Variante: You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less advanced lifeforms, and they'll call you crazy.



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