Archive for March, 2012

The Dragon Reborn – UK 1st HB – Robert Jordan

The third volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the UK by Orbit Books in May 1992 (ISBN: 1-85723-024-8). This was preceded by the US edition which was printed in September of the previous year. The jacket shares the same illustration (Daryl K. Sweet) as the US edition and is priced at £15.99. This is the first volume in the series that ditches the interior end-piece illustrations for matching front and rear full colour maps. This was re-reprinted by Orbit in 1999 with the same dust-jacket illustration. The reprint is identified via the copyright page with the words ‘Reprinted in 1999’ and with a price of £19.99 on the jacket.

The UK 1st printing of this book seems to be pretty rare – certainly more so than for ‘The Great Hunt’, and is generally priced accordingly. Expect to pay £150-£200 for a decent copy of the 1st printing, whilst the 1999 reprint also has some value ~ £50.

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The Great Hunt – UK 1st HB

The second volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the UK by Orbit Books in April 1991 (ISBN: 0356197654). This was preceded by the US edition which was printed in November of the previous year. The jacket is priced at £13.95, and features an illustration Melvin Grant. What’s interesting is that the cover illustration was changed for the next UK edition (1999) to be the same as that for the US editions – Darrell K. Sweet. As far as i’m aware there were no additional printings of the 1st edition – so if it has the right jacket it is a 1st edition!

Prices for this book are considerably less than for a UK 1st of ‘The Eye of the World’ and (here I’m not sure why) and are also less than for the next volume ‘The Dragon Reborn’. Expect to pay about £80 for a decent copy. The 1999 2nd edition is also relatively rare and can fetch prices of £40.

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