Alchemist

by Coelho, Paulo

The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho that tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who dreams of a treasure hidden in the Egyptian pyramids. The book follows Santiago's journey as he sets out to pursue this treasure, encountering a series of obstacles and learning valuable lessons along the way. Santiago meets various characters who guide him on his journey, including an alchemist who teaches him the secrets of the universe.The novel explores themes of destiny, personal legend, and the power of following one's dreams. 

First published in Portuguese by a small press in Brazil, the first print run of the Alchemist was 900 copies and did not sell out. After a year the publisher returned the rights to Coelho. Believing in his own destiny as a writer and the message of following your dreams portrayed in the book, Coehlo continued to search for publishing opportunities, and in 1993 HarperCollins published the first English translation of the book. It quickly became a best-seller, and since that publication The Alchemist has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 80 languages, making it one of the bestselling books in history.

First Edition Identification

The first edition of The Alchemist was published as O Alquimista in Portuguese in 1988 by Editora Rocco Ltd, a small Brazilian publishing house. The first English-language edition, The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream, was published by HarperCollins in 1993. It had an initial print run of 2,000 copies, which include a full number line to 1, and 'FIRST EDITION' on the copyright page. 

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Other collectible editions of The Alchemist include a signed limited edition published by Easton Press in 2007, which features leather binding and gilt edges. In 2014 HarperOne released a 25th Anniversary edition. 

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On Apr 22, 2012, wshaikh22 said
It is a very nice book and worth reading. It describes the struggle of a Sheppard and how successfully he achieved his dreams.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by COELHO, Paulo

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1993
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(New York): HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. Softcover. Fine. Uncorrected proof. Translated by Alan R. Clarke. Fine in French-folded wrappers, with Coelho's name misspelled on the cover. The initial print run was only 50,000 copies; remarkable, since the book would go on to reportedly sell 150 million copies worldwide.
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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
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by Coelho, Paulo

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Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2007. Hardcover. As New/No Jacket. 8vo. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Collector's Edition. Brown genuine leather boards with gilt decoration. Moire endpapers. A.E.G. Gold ribbon marker. x, 174 pp. Fine condition. Laid in are a note about the book and the author, two Easton Press ex libris bookplate stickers, and the Certificate of Authenticity… Read more about this item
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Harper Perennial. Very Good+. 1998. Paperback. 0062502182 . A Very Good+ Trade paperback with French Flaps. Pages are tightly bound, bright & unmarked. Moderate cover wear and rubbing. "This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian… Read more about this item
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The Alchemist: 25th Anniversary ~ SIGNED 25TH ANNIVERSARY

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25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION SIGNED FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING Paperback: new. Personally signed by the author to the first front end page, a specially bound Publisher's signature page. Not a bookplate. First edition, first printing, full number line. Photos available upon request. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million… Read more about this item
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San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993. Dust jacket design by Michele Wetherbee. First edition in English of Coelho's classic work, which has been translated into over 70 languages. Octavo, original half cloth. Near Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Beautifully inscripted. Translated by Alan R. Clarke. Paulo Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987. He explained he was able to write… Read more about this item
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by Coelho, Paulo (translated by Alan R. Clarke)

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The Alchemist [ Sealed ]

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by Paulo Coelho

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by Coelho, Paulo (tr. Alan R. Clarke)

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London: HarperCollins, 2015. 1st thus. h/b. Near fine - slight yellowing on top edges.. 18mo (170 x 100 / 6_"" x 4""). A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic,… Read more about this item
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Alchemist, The

Alchemist, The

by Coelho, Paulo

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London, United Kingdom: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Paperback. Translated by Alan R. Clarke. A story that teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path and above all following our dreams. 177pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences.… Read more about this item
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