The third 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 November of 2011 with an ISBN of: 978-0-00-745635-2

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 Lannister 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.

I’m not sure how many printing were made of this edition – but, if it were consistent with the earlier volumes then there would be 3. In typical Voyager fashion the printing number is provided on the copyright page (with a single ‘1’ indicating the 1st print). As with the previous volumes this is currently out of print (with no indication from the publisher of any plans to reprint) and like all the previous volumes in the series is difficult to find online. Prices have risen substantially in the last 6 months and although prices are not as high as for the previous editions expect to pay £100 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: Interestingly the availability and prices of the next volume in the series (‘A Feast for Crows’) are holding steady – although at some point I expect this to change and prices to rise based on the behaviour of the previous volumes.

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