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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.


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.
Clay James
May. 7th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: I have XX ACOK.
What are the odds, when you have completed the series, of a nicely bound and illustrated hardback set of the whole thing? I know it won't be as valuable as your early editions, but it be a real keepsake.


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