The Painted Man (aka. The Warded Man in the US) is the debut novel from Peter V. Brett. This was first published in the UK by Voyager in 2008. Interestingly this was written by the author on his mobile phone while commuting on the New York metro.

I’ve provided information below about the various points that identify the 1st edition of the UK edition of the book. I’ll be providing details about the his other books in future posts.

The Painted Man

1st published in the UK by Voyager in September 2008 by Voyager (ISBN: 978-0007276134). The 1st edition is identified by the presence of a single ‘1’ on the copyright page. The book was released with a gold ‘Voyager First Edition’ sticker on the jacket and is priced at £14.99. There is at least one later printing (2nd) which is identified by the presence of a single ‘2’ on the copyright page. Apart from the lack of a First Edition sticker there is no difference in the jackets between the 1st and later printings.

Note: The UK edition is of a smaller size (book club format) than the US edition (published by Del Rey in the following year).


Goldsboro Books (London) released a special signed version (identical to the normal book) that is identified by one 0f 6 ‘avatar’ stamps with each avatar representing a major character from the book. There are 25 numbered copies for each avatar stamp.

Otherwise signed copies – tend to be lined and dated with a quote from the book. A number of copies are also signed via way of a special decorative book plate that was commissioned by the author.