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Spiders of the Purple Mage
Genre Science Fiction / Fantasy
Type Novella
Series
Thieves' World
Thieves' World is a shared world fantasy series, created by Robert Lynn Asprin in 1978.
The story is also published in an eBook.
DESCRIPTION:
The midwife Masha is on her way home from work in The Maze. She sees a dying man who tells her he’s hidden an expensive and stolen jewel in a piece of cheese that was eaten by a rat. The man is covered with spider bites. The woman’s lazy and blabbermouthed husband hears the story and trades its telling for drinks. This starts a great rat hunt in the city. The jewel was stolen from the purple mage. 
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-441-79576-5
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
11/1980
299
$ 2.25
not credited [= Walter Velez]
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-441-79577-3
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
not dated [= -/1980] (2nd)
not dated [= -/1981] (3rd)
05/1981 (4th)
299
$ 2.75
not credited [= Walter Velez]
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in Sanctuary
Robert Lynn Asprin
Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
Book Club Edition, SFBC # 5138
no ISBN
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
not dated [= 06/1982; date code M25]
not dated [= 07/1982; date code M27]
not dated [= 09/1982; date code M39]
not dated [= 09/1983; date code N40]
not dated [= 01/1986; date code Q02]
600
not priced [= $ 6.98]
Walter Velez [credited to Walter Valez]
Omnibus with the first three Thieves' World anthologies.

Walter Velez
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in The Purple Book
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New York, NY: Tor Books
Jim Baen Presents
ISBN 0-523-48529-8
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
08/1982
287
$ 2.95
Howard Chaykin
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Howard Chaykin
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-79578-1
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1983 (5th)
08/1983 (6th)
11/1983 (7th)
299
$ 2.95
not credited [= Walter Velez]
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-79579-X
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1984 (8th)
07/1984 (9th)
299
$ 2.95
not credited [= Walter Velez]
This printing is also included in a boxed set, called Thieves' World, with the first five books of the series.

Walter Velez
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-79580-3
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
11/1984 (10th)
12/1984 (11th)
299
$ 2.95
not credited [= Walter Velez]
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-80585-X
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
07/1985 (12th)
09/1985 (13th)
299
$ 2.95
not credited [= Walter Velez]
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-80585-X
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
01/1986 (14th)
05/1986 (15th)
299
$ 2.95
Gary Ruddell
Same ISBN and price as the previous printings, but a different cover.

Gary Ruddell
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-80590-6
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
11/1986 (16th)
12/1986 (17th)
not dated [= -/1987] (18th)
not dated [= -/1987] (19th)
299
$ 3.50
Gary Ruddell
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Gary Ruddell
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-80590-6
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
not dated [= -/1988] (20th)
not dated [= -/1989] (21st)
299
$ 4.50
Gary Ruddell
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Gary Ruddell
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
New York, NY: Ace Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-441-80590-6
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
not dated [= -/1991] (22nd)
299
$ 4.99
Gary Ruddell
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Gary Ruddell
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in First Blood
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
New York, NY: Tor Books
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ISBN 0-312-87488-X
trade paperback (23×15,5cm)
12/2003
460
$ 14.95
Jean Pierre Targete
Book also published as an eBook (for the Palm). The cover artist's name is on the back cover written as Jean Pierre Target.

Jean Pierre Targete
UK
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Asprin
Middlesex: Penguin Books
Fantasy/Science Fiction
ISBN 0-14-006985-2
paperback (18×11cm)
09/1984
223
£ 1.95
not credited [= unknown]
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in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn
Robert Asprin
Middlesex: Penguin Books
Fantasy/Science Fiction
ISBN 0-14-006985-2
paperback (18×11cm)
05/1989
223
£ 2.99
not credited [= unknown]
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Czech: "Pavouci purpurového mága"
in Příběhy od Oplzlého jednorožce
Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey
Plzeň: Perseus Books
Svět zlodějů II
ISBN 80-7288-005-5
paperback (16,5×10,5cm)
-/2000
285
Kč 98,00
Pavel Vohlídka & Hana Ederová
Gary Ruddell
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Gary Ruddell
GERMANY
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German: "Die Spinnen des Purpurmagiers"
in Der blaue Stern
Robert Asprin
Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei-Lübbe
Fantasy, Band 20 091
ISBN 3-404-20091-8
paperback (18×11,5cm)
12/1986 (1st) [dated: -/1987]
09/1988 (2nd)
221
DM 7,80
Lore Straßl
Walter Velez
Story illustrated by Pesch.

Walter Velez
HUNGARY
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Hungarian: "A bíbormágus pókjai"
in Kard és boszorkányság
Nemes István
Debrecen: Cherubion
Osiris Exkluzív Fantasy 2
ISBN 963-7841-32-6
hardcover [no dustjacket] (21,5×12,5cm)
-/1994
334
Ft 398,-
not credited
Zubály Sándor
Pictorial boards.

Zubály Sándor
ITALY
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Italian: "I ragni del mago purpureo"
in Racconti del mondo dei ladri
Robert L. Asprin
Rome: Fanucci
Enciclopedia della Fantascienza 20
ISBN 88-347-0060-0
hardcover (21,5×14cm)
04/1988
403
L 25.000
Gianni Pilo
Boris Vallejo
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Boris Vallejo
RUSSIA
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Russian: "Пауки Пурпурного Мага"
"Pauki Purpurnogo Maga"
in Истории таверны «Распутный единорог»
in Istorii taverny «Rasputnyy yedinorog»
Robert Asprin
Moscow: Jauza
Коллекционная фантастика
ISBN 5-88923-050-6 | ISBN 5-87849-017-X
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13,5cm)
06/1995
384
not priced
uncredited [all stories translated by these four:
V. Shchedrin, L. Zhukov, N.V. Bulatov, S. Burov]
uncredited [= Gary Ruddell]
Pictorial boards. Translation of the second Thieves' World anthology, Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn. The cover artist's name is in the picture.

Gary Ruddell
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Russian: "Пауки Пурпурного Мага"
"Pauki Purpurnogo Maga"
in Мир Воров
in Mir Vorov
Robert Asprin
Moscow: V. Sekachev
Moscow: Eksmo
Знак Единорога
ISBN 5-88923-007-7 | ISBN 5-04-001902-5
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20×12,5cm)
-/1999
541
-
uncredited [= by one of these four: V. Shchedrin, L. Zhukov, N.V. Bulatov, S. Burov]
Luis Royo
Pictorial boards. The first two books in the Thieves' World series.

Luis Royo
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Russian: "Пауки Пурпурного Мага"
"
Pauki Purpurnogo Maga"
in Мир Воров - Истории таверны «Распутный
Единорог» - Тени Санктуария - Сезон штормов

in Mir Vorov - Istorii taverny «Rasputnyy Yedinorog» - Teni Sanktuariya - Sezon shtormov
Robert Asprin
Moscow: V. Sekachev
Moscow: Eksmo
Мир воров
ISBN 5-88923-071-9 | ISBN 5-699-01679-1
hardcover (20×13cm)
-/2002
800
-
uncredited [= by one of these four: V. Shchedrin, L. Zhukov, N.V. Bulatov, S. Burov]
S. Yulla
The first four books in the Thieves' World series.

S. Yulla
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Russian: "Пауки Пурпурного Мага"
"
Pauki Purpurnogo Maga"
in Мир Воров - Истории таверны "Распутный
Eдинорог" - Тени Санктуария

in Mir Vorov - Istorii taverny "Rasputnyy Edinorog" - Teni Sanktuariya
Robert Asprin
Moscow: V. Sekachev
Moscow: Eksmo
Меч и магия
ISBN 5-88923-107-3 | ISBN 5-699-12782-8
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13cm)
07/2005
670
not priced
uncredited [= by one of these four: V. Shchedrin, L. Zhukov, N.V. Bulatov, S. Burov]
uncredited [= Jean Pierre Targete]
Pictorial boards. The first three books in the Thieves' World series.

Jean Pierre Targete
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Russian: "Пауки Пурпурного Мага"
"Pauki Purpurnogo Maga"
in Мир Воров - Истории таверны "Распутный
Eдинорог" - Тени Санктуария - Сезон штормов

in Mir Vorov - Istorii taverny "Rasputnyy Edinorog" - Teni Sanktuariya - Sezon shtormov
Robert Asprin
Moscow: Eksmo
St. Petersburg: Domino
Черная Fantasy
ISBN 978-5-699-48094-4
hardcover [no dustjacket] (21,5×14,5cm)
04/2011
992
not priced
uncredited [= by one of these four: V. Shchedrin, L. Zhukov, N.V. Bulatov, S. Burov]
uncredited [= Jean Pierre Targete]
Pictorial boards. The first four books in the Thieves' World series.

Jean Pierre Targete
SPAIN
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Spanish: "Arañas del mago purpura"
in Historias del vulgar unicornio
Robert Lynn Asprin
Barcelona: Ultramar
Fantasia 2
ISBN 84-7386-558-8
paperback (21×14cm)
12/1989
303
not priced
Domingo Santos
Antoni Garcés
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Antoni Garcés
UKRAINE
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Ukrainian: "Пауки багрового мага"
"Pauki bagrovogo maga"
in Пирамидальный мир 2 (Книги 3 и 4)
in Piramidal'nyy mir 2 (Knigi 3 i 4)
Feodosia: Gemma
Фантастика
ISBN 5-87274-002-6
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20×13cm)
01/1993
382
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S. Timchenko
I.M. Omelchenko
Omnibus with Личный космос (A Private Cosmos), and За гранями Земли (Behind the Walls of Terra).
Pictorial boards. Illustraed by I. M. Omelchenko.

I. Omelchenko
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