The second volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This (and the other four volumes currently released) were re-issued in the UK by Voyager as a matching set of hardcovers 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 was published in September of 2011 with an ISBN of 978-0007456345.

The slipcased edition has blue boards (no dust-jacket – as issued), quarter bound in a design with 5 of the House sigils. Gilt titling to spine with the Baratheon 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 (with no indication from the publisher of any plans to reprint) and is now *extremely* difficult to find online. When you can track down a copy expect to pay in excess of £400 for a decent copy. As far as I can tell the printing state doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the expected price – but a copy still shrink-wrapped does command a premium.

Note: The next volume in the series (‘A Storm of Swords’) is now starting to become difficult to find and prices have started to rise significantly.

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