The Eye Of the World

by Jordan, Robert

The Eye of the World (abbreviated as tEotW or EotW by fans) is the first book of The Wheel of Time (WoT) fantasy series written by American author Robert Jordan. It was published by Tor Books and released on January 15, 1990. The unabridged audio book is read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (Jennifer Mendenhall). On January 2, 2002, The Eye of the World was re-released as two separate books aimed at a young adult literature market, with larger text and a handful of illustrations.

First Edition Identification

Although the first printing of The Eye of the World that went to market was a paperback, the hardcover is the most sought-after by collectors. The first printing of hardcovers was meant mainly for libraries and limited to around 1500 copies, and so very few remain in collectible condition. The copyright page for the paperback and the hardcover first editions include both the ISBNs for the paperback and the hardcover. Later printings removed the duplicated ISBNS.

True first editions of The Eye of the World will have “First edition, February 1990” on the copyright page, along with a full number line including number 1. The jacket price is $24.95 (later printings were $27.95).

The publisher later rebound paperbacks into hardbacks for reprints. Those rebound paperbacks are a popular variation for collectors as well. 5000 ARC (Advanced Review Copies) of The Eye of the World were printed – these have a different cover than the first printing. 

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On Jun 27, 2019, Anonymous said
What a fantastic book! So much depth to the characters and this is written so well i found it impossible to put down. Robert Jordan has a way of pulling you in and making you visualize so clearly what is happening that its as if you yourself were there!
On Sep 12, 2017, a reader said

Great start to a great series! The mid books get bogged down in too many details, but the early books (and final ones, written by Brandon Sanderson based on Jordan's notes) are among the finest fantasy books in the modern era.

On Apr 3, 2013, fireflower537 said
If Robert Jordan would have kept things on a MUCH shorter MUCH simpler level he might have had a great series. He would have been able to finish the books before his death at only 58. I only read the first three and I have since regretted it.

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1990
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The Eye of the World (Book One of the Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan. Hardcover First UK Edition - First Printing Orbit 1991 (true first edition TOR/Tom Doherty & Assoc. US 1990). Fine- in Fine- Dust Jacket. A near perfect copy with typical aging to the text-block with a hint it was probably read once, very slight aging to… Read more about this item
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2011 UK hardcover edition published by Orbit. This is one of a limited number (purportedly just 2000) of this particular edition (1st Thus). Decorative foil 'Wheel of Time' motif to spine, that is echoed in the matching black slipcase - no dust-cover as issued. New and unread and provided in near fine condition.
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TOR, 1990. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Fine. First edition, thirteenth printing. All pages are clean and unmarked. Slight lean to spine, else binding and hinges tight and secure. Jacket is vibrant, free of any scuffing or tears, and not price clipped. Minor bumping to spine ends, else board corners remain sharp.
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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) (Wheel of Time, 1)

by Jordan, Robert

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1990-01-15
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The Eye of the World

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1990
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New York: TOR, 1990. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Smaller book club edition of the first book in the author's wheel of time series. In black boards with gilt to type. Top corners lightly dinged.aa Jacket has edgewear especially at corners and spine ends. Sticker removal to bottom of rear panel has lifted of lamination.
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Eye of the World

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1990
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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)

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1990
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9780312850098
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1990. Ordinary wear around the cover edges. Front corners, especially the top corner, slightly upturned. Small 1/4" scratch into the laminate on the back corner near the center edge. Minor soiling on the page edges. Aside from that, pages are mark free and clean. The binding is reasonably tight. Standard shipping for U.S. orders is by media mail. Please note… Read more about this item
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1990
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30th anniversary hardback published in the US by Tor Books. This is the 2nd official US 'hardback' edition with this being a 1st printing. Original colour maps to front and end papers. Featuring a new foreword by Brandon Sanderson. New and unread and provided in like condition. The dust jacket is now in a (removable) protective covering.
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The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time (Soon to be a major TV series)

by Jordan, Robert

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