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The Skin Trade – George R. R. Martin – WSFA

When a string of bizarre killings strikes her small city, private investigator Randi Wade becomes suspicious. Still haunted by her father’s death at the claws and teeth of a strange beast almost twenty years before, the serial killer’s grisly murders remind her of that still-unsolved murder. As the police hit a dead end, Randi starts looking for answers of her own. But when a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark underworld where monsters are all too real … and prey on the living.

Bram Stoker ‘Best Novellette’ and winner of the World Fantasy award for Best Novella. Originally available in the 1989 horror fiction compilation ‘Dark Visions’ (also issued as ‘Dark Love’, ‘The Skin Trade’ and ‘Night Visions 5’). Also appears in ‘Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads’ and ‘Dreamsongs: Volume II’). Issued for the first time in hardcover by WSFA press in 2013, these were produced especially for the 2013 Capclave convention as George R. R. Martin was the Guest of Honour. This edition was limited to 500 trade (unsigned) editions, as well as a further 500 signed / numbered hardcovers. Illustrated by Rick Berry both the trade and limited editions feature 10 black-and-interiors pieces of artwork as share the same cover.

500 copies of the trade edition (unsigned). ISBN: 978-1-936896-04-2, priced at $25 on the inner flap. Black boards, claw marks motif carried through to the front of the boards. Smaller than a standard sized book. 

500 numbered copies of the limited edition. As for the trade edition but signed by both the author and the artist to a specially bound in signature page. ISBN: 978-1-936896-03-5, priced at $35 on the rear inner flap.

At the time of writing it looks like the trade edition is still available in limited numbers from the publishers website (at the original $25 retail price), however the limited edition is (unsurprisingly) sold out. Expect to pay about £100 for a pristine copy.

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A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin – Voyager – 1ST UK Hardcover

The second volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The first edition was published in the UK by Voyager in 1998 (ISBN:0-00-224585-X / 978-0-00-224585-2)., this preceded the US edition which was published the following year by Bantam.  Featuring a full colour cover illustration by Jim Burns unique to the UK edition, this is priced on the dust cover at £17.99. The printing state is indicating by a print line on the copyright page, with the 1st printing indicated by the full line: “1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2”, subsequent prints are indicated by the removal in order of numbers starting from the lowest. Be aware that there is a book club edition (BCA) of this available which shares the same art-work and (unusually) is also the same size – often online these book club editions are not differentiated from the Voyager edition.

As far as I am aware there have been just 2 printings made of this edition. Finding either printing is rare – with the 1st printing especially so. A true 1st printing is likely to be £200-£300 depending on the condition, with the 2nd printing reaching about £100. Even the book club edition has some value at approximately £50-£100.

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A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased re-issue

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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A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased re-issue

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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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – Voyager Classics edition

The first volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. This edition was released as part of the ‘Voyager Classics’ series to celebrate the very best in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Each volume in the series ships in pictorial cloth boards without a dustcover. Originally retailing at £18.99 (ISBN: 978-0-00-749157) this was released in March 2013.

At the moment to my knowledge there is only a single printing of this edition. I also don’t believe that there are any plans to re-issue the other volumes in this series in matching format.

Due to its recent release copies of this book are currently readily available for reasonable prices. I expect prices to rise fairly rapidly as for the previous (slipcased) edition.

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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – Voyager – Graphic Novel – v1

The first volume of the Graphic Novel adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’. Adapted by Daniel Abraham with artwork by Tommy Patterson. This was published in hardcover in the UK by Harper Voyager in March 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-00-748289-4). As far as I am aware there has been just a single printing of this edition identified on the copyright page with the complete number line of: 987654321. The next volume in the series is currently scheduled for release in June 2013.

Although originally retailing for £14.99 this book is currently only available on the secondary market and is starting to become relatively scarse with prices reaching £45.

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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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