Archive for April, 2012

The Fires of Heaven – UK 1st HB – Robert Jordan

The fifth volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the UK by Orbit Books in November 1993 (ISBN: 1-85723-190-2). The jacket shares the same cover illustration (Daryl K. Sweet) as the US edition and is priced at £15.99. As with the previous volume this comes with matching front and rear full colour maps. This is the first book of the series that was reprinted shortly after the initial print (in this case the same year). Later prints are identified on the copyright page with the words ‘reprinted’ and the year of the reprint.

The UK 1st printing of this book is unsurprisingly more readily available and cheaper than the previous volumes. Expect to pay £20-40 for a decent copy dependent on condition. There are a few signed copies available which will easily reach £80.

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The Shadow Rising – UK 1st HB – Robert Jordan

The fourth volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the UK by Orbit Books in December 1992 (ISBN: 1-85723-079-5). This was preceded by the US edition which was printed in November of the same year. The jacket shares the same illustration (Daryl K. Sweet) as the US edition and is priced at £15.99. As with the previous volume this comes with matching front and rear full colour maps. Later prints are identified on the copyright page with the words ‘reprinted’ and the year.

This is the first volume in the series that was also published by Tor Books in the US as a signed, limited edition of just 150 copies. Fully bound in green leather with gold blocking to spine with matching slipcase and the original cover artwork bound into the book.

The UK 1st printing of this book is unsurprisingly more readily available and cheaper than the previous volumes. Expect to pay £30-50 for a decent copy. The Tor limited edition is extremely rare and if you can get hold of it is likely to be in excess of £500.

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