Archive for December, 2012

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

The tenth volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the US by Tor books in January 2003 (ISBN: 0-765-30592-5) 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 the spine. Comes with matching green leather slipcase. As is customary with earlier 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 150 numbered copies with a further 52 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 (copies only occasionally surface on the open market), 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 £450. 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 Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased

The fourth volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This was first issued in the UK in October 2005 by Voyager as a regular trade hardcover and simultaneously as a special signed, limited edition (of a 1000 copies). The limited edition (ISBN: 000722463x) was originally available only through Amazon for £35. This edition was bound in red cloth with matching slipcase and shipped without the dust-jacket of the trade edition. There is just one printing for the limited edition which is identified by a single ‘1’ on the copyright page.

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There was also an additional ‘international’ version of the limited edition which was intended for markets outside of the UK. This was limited to just 300 copies and wasn’t intended to be numbered – however, due to a mistake at the publishers a number of these copies escaped into the wild. When the mistake was realised the publishers froze the remaining stock, and are said to have removed the numbering on these copies. So there is likely to be fewer than 300 *numbered* copies of this edition out there. Copies which are still shrink-wrapped will be identified by an ‘Export Only Edition’ sticker to the front.

This was also re-issued in hardcover last year. In both a trade edition and a special slipcase edition (sadly *not* signed or limited) to match that of previous volumes in the series.

Copies of the UK limited edition still surface fairly regularly and currently fetch prices of £100+ for a good copy – more if the copy is still in the publishers shrink wrap. Due to the reduced print-run of the international edition copies are scarcer and the price reflects this exect prices of £150 and upwards.

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