Archive for May, 2012

The Lord of Chaos – Leather Bound – US – Limited Edition – Robert Jordan

The sixth volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the US by Tor books in November 1994 (ISBN: 0-312-85788-8) this special signed, limited edition was published simultaneously with the US trade hardcover edition. Issued without dust-jacket the boards are bound in green leather with gold titling to spine. Comes with matching green leather slipcase. As is customary with the previous 3 volumes this has full-colour map end pages – it also has the trade edition dust-jacket artwork (again by Daryl K. Sweet) bound into the volume. Signed directly by the author to a limitation page this edition is limited to just 200 numbered copies with a further 25 lettered copies originally reserved for the publisher and author. This is also a first edition (identified by a full number-line on the copyright page) and originally retailed for $200.

The scarcity, the limited edition nature and the verified signature of this volume makes copies expensive. Although cheaper than the leather bound copies of previous volumes in the series, for a good condition, numbered copy expect to pay in excess of £400. For a lettered copy (which come onto the market even less often) then your guess is as good as mine!

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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased re-issue

The first volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This was re-issued in hardcover by Voyager in 2011 to commemorate 15 years since the original publication. Two versions of the hardcover were issued: a standard trade hardcover (which has the dust-jacket updated to match the style of recent volumes in the series) as well as a slipcased hardcover edition.

The slipcased edition has black boards (no dust-jacket – as issued), quarter bound in a design with 5 of the House sigils. Gilt titling to spine with the Stark House motif echoed on the matching slipcase and comes with integrated cloth bookmark. Originally retailing at £40 these were initially provided in publishers shrink wrap.

To my knowledge 3 printings have so far been made of the slipcased edition. In typical Voyager fashion the printing number is provided on the copyright page (with a single ‘1’ indicating the 1st print). This is currently out of print (no doubt due in part to the success of the television series) and is now difficult to find online. When you can track down a copy expect to pay around £80 for a decent copy.

Update 28 July 2012: Due to this now being out of print prices for this (seemingly irrespective of printing) can easily reach in excess of £200.

Note: Following the release of this edition the later volumes in the series were also re-released in a staggered fashion in matching editions.