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.

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