“You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage. Besides you don't build a better world by choppin' heads off and giving decent girls away to frogs.”
PRATCHETT, Terry Witches Abroad London: Victor Gollancz,1991.
8vo. Original red cloth, titled in gilt to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper depicting the witches crash landing into a swamp; pp. 252; a near-fine copy, with slight compression of spine ends and light creasing to edges of jacket.
This Discworld novel is a masterful and scathing parody of tourism and fairy tales. Considered part of the Witches sub-canon, it follows the coven of indomitable companions to the city of Genua, a Grimm tale gone wrong where toy makers are locked up for not singing while they work and innkeepers are imprisoned for not being fat enough.