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Limited Editions

From time to time I get emails from readers wanting to know how they can purchase copies of the signed, illustrated limited editions of the Ice & Fire books published by Meisha Merlin and Subterranean. The short answer is, they can't. Those were limited editions, they were fully subscribed, Meisha Merlin is out of business, and SubPress has no extra copies for sale.

(Yes, I have a few extra copies myself, but they are not for sale).

However, I've just happened to notice that there are presently not one but two (2!) sets of said limited up for bid on ebay. These are the numbered editions (not the rarer lettered), and both have matching numbers.

The ebay item numbers are 221012911878 and 150806055324.

I don't know the sellers, and I can't vouch for them or the condition of their books. (I will vouch for the fact that these are gorgeous books, lavishly illustrated by Jeff Jones, John Howe, Charles Vess, and Tom Canty, respectively). These ebay sales have nothing to do with me, and I cannot tell you more than I just have. If you have questions, you will need to contact the sellers. But considering how often I get asked about those books, I thought I'd mention it, if any of you are interested.

Please be advised: these sets are not cheap. The books have appreciated quite a bit in value since publication.

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eeepeeep
May. 5th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Not interested at this time but thanks for posting about them, I hope you do so in the future when I might be looking to purchase!
howdyphillip
May. 5th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
and....
It looks like they are gone already. I couldn't find them
grrm
May. 5th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Re: and....
No, they're still there.

Let me find the links, I'll add 'em to my post (above).
Re: and.... - uawildcatgrl - May. 6th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: and.... - professor_booty - May. 6th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Aman Senna
May. 6th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
They're still online, but damn, these are really for wealthy fans... I can only say "bravo" to those who will afford them and feel a little bit jealous. =D
housemcleod
May. 6th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
The Writing Lifestyle
Greetings, Mr. Martin

I dont have your email so I thought this would be a good place to post this. Sorry if it isnt.

I was wondering if you were going to put back up the page The Writing Lifestyle, on the Life and Times section of your website. Really curious whats in there.

It says " Under Construction" right now.

-Cameron McLeod, of House McLeod ( Thought that was fitting :) )
grrm
May. 6th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: The Writing Lifestyle
Eventually, yes. But at the moment it's on the back burner. I've too much else to do.
Cintia Faria
May. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I want this so bad ! I find them but is really not cheap. Poor me ! I Like Lannisters but I don't poop gold like they do ! :(
Katz Brown Thames
May. 10th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
They DON'T poop gold, Cintia... "It is known!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Jamison Sheehan
May. 6th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
I have my own set of these and they look fantastic so get them if you can!

leandra_nyx
May. 6th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, holy crap! Why can't I be independently wealthy??
Eric Porter
May. 6th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
If anyone runs across a copy of the Meisha Merlin Game of Thrones #121 or knows the owner, I'd love to buy it to round out my set!
Robert Neumann
May. 6th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
Limited Editions
Wow, you really have devoted readers. There are currently some auctions ending of rare first prints of Sir Terry Pratchett and they are in much less demand - looks like you are much more popular now than the British knight!
Dobromir Uzunov
May. 6th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Were these sold in Europe?
silrin
May. 6th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
I would have to sell a kidney to buy these ! LOL

But thanks for telling us, it's always interesting. :D
wcbryan80
May. 6th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
I want them soooo badly
if I could afford them I would have already purchased a full set. I don't even care if they match, because I know I would never get rid of them (not in my lifetime, anyway). I luckily bought a Meisha Merlin CoK about 6 months ago on Ebay, and was just outbid at last second on a SoS limited edition...I was fortunate enough to get in on one of the pre-orders on a DwD limited that is yet to be released from Sub Press, so hopefully I am one day going to be able to piece together a non-matching set...unless of course I fall bass ackwards into a large sum of money, then of course I would not hesitate to drop several thousand dollars on a matching set, because if you think about it,these books are read throughout the world and there are just over 500 of these books printed (counting the Publisher's Copies and such) and they are highly sought after, so owning ones makes it quite an exclusive club. Also you have to think *most* people buying these are buying them to keep and cherish and not to resell for profit (unless they fall on hard times). Damn, where is a time machine at when you need one? Lol, it would have been so much easier to buy these when they were initially sold...it will be interesting to see what happens to the availability and prices of the Meisha Merlin books when the new Sub Press editions of GoT and CoK comes out. I am going to be keeping my CoK limited regardless. I just hope that it will make some owners start unloading their Meisha Merlin GoT books. I know I will definitely pre-order a Sub Press GoT, but I am still going to have lifelong want and desire to find a Meisha Merlin GoT as well.
3165rushingyard
May. 7th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Seller of the last set
Mr. Martin, thank you for calling everyone's attention to my auction. Every little bit helps.

At the risk of raising your ire at this nations health care structure, and to address wcbryan80's comment about about "not resell for profit (unless they fall on hard times)", I enjoyed having this book series in my possession since 2003. I looked forward to each new book being published. After some rather heavy medical bills I simply could not justify having something like these sitting on the shelves. I am glad they are going to a good home because these books are really beautiful.

Thanks again, GRRM!
wcbryan80
May. 8th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: Seller of the last set
Sorry to hear about your recent medical problems...I know firsthand how expensive medical bills can get and run up astronomical amounts in relatively no time at all. It is a shame for someone to have to sell their beloved items as a means of coping with medical treatments, but material things are always something one can live without (no matter how hard parting with them might be)...I am sure it was not a decision you came to overnight and they were hard to part with...but now on the positive side at least someone else now gets to share in their enjoyment.

I hope the money you received from their sell makes a significant difference in your medical bills and things improve in the future for you sir.
bobabooie
May. 7th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I have XX ACOK.
I have XX (double X), lettered copy of Clash of Kings if anyone is pulling out their hair looking for it. I was too broke when the rest came out and missed the boat on AGOT XX so it is all I have as far as lettered go.
grrm
May. 7th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: I have XX ACOK.
I suspect you will be swamped with inquiries. The Meisha Merlin books are in high demand, especially the lettered. If you want to sell, take your time, don't jump at the first offer.

Unfortunately, there are many "broken sets" out there, and have been right from the beginning. When Meisha Merlin published A GAME OF THRONES, illustrated by Jeff Jones, many copies were bought by collectors of Jeff's artwork. Then when it was announced that the second volume of the series was to be illustrated by John Howe, they let their options lapse... their interest had always been the art, not the story.

Later on, the switch from MM to SubPress caused a second hiatus, and broke even more of the runs.

So I fear there are many people like you, who have only one or two of the books, rather than a set.
Re: I have XX ACOK. - Clay James - May. 7th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I have XX ACOK. - avidreader19701 - May. 7th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Riley Westgaard
May. 7th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
wow
Never knew about these! Wish I had, I would love to have them on my bookshelf! Maybe in a few years when I have money to spend like that I can start collecting them! One can only wish
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