“He said that there was death and taxes, and taxes was worse, because at least death didn’t happen to you every year.” (sic)
PRATCHETT, Terry. Reaper Man. London, Victor Gollancz, 1991.
8vo. Original black cloth, titled gilt to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper by Josh Kirby depicting a skeleton in dungarees at rest in a field of wheat, pp. 253; a near fine copy.
Focusing on the nature of death, Reaper Man (a pun on Repot Man) is a novel in which the personification of Death (scythe, skull et al) goes missing, causing all kinds of mayhem to erupt across the Discworld. This is the second novel focusing on Death as a character, and the 11th in the series. This also includes the first appearance of the Death of Rats, who pops up in novels for the remainder of the series, identifiable by its trademark SQUEAK.