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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 10:07 pm (UTC)
Pricey but definitely worth it. Wish I had that kind of money.
May. 9th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
I hear you iwc_rexmod!
The only thing that has me worried about spending that kind of money on these books, as awesome as they arre, is that Mr. Martin doesn't get a share of the profit. Hardly seems fair for some book dealer to reap such a large reward for no work done.

Edited at 2012-05-09 12:12 am (UTC)
May. 9th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
Re: I hear you iwc_rexmod!
Well, I have my own copies of these books... so in a sense I took will "reap" whatever profits are around for reaping... assuming, that is, that I want to sell my copies. Which I don't.

I did acquire some extra unsold copies after Meisha Merlin went under, and I did sell those. The ones I still have I mean to hold onto.
May. 9th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: I hear you iwc_rexmod!
First, just wanted to say you rock!

Second, I am glad to hear you've got your own copy of these, though I should have known. For me, even if I were a man of many means, I don't think I would need the picture versions. While the books are certainly gorgeous, I feel like all of that extra description might interfere with my imagination filling in the gaps. Of course, I doubt anyone will actually be reading these versions at those prices!

You're probably too busy to answer, but many of us are wondering how you feel about some of the changes made to your story by the HBO team. I love the new stuff, if only because it adds an element of surprise for the old school fan (like me), but some of my purist friends are a bit miffed. (Some are more than miffed!) Working in TV for so long, I am sure you realize that some of the Dany chapters that are so driven by internal monologue in Clash of Kings may not translate all that well to the screen.

We'd LOVE to hear your thoughts. Thanks, I know you're a very busy guy.

Edited at 2012-05-09 03:13 pm (UTC)
May. 9th, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: art or business?
Honestly speaking I think I will never spend so much money on something just for its collector’s value. Neither will I try to invest money and wait for even crazier rise in the selling prize.

It is indeed sad however thinking about some of the Old Maysters and Maestros, known and unknown Poets etc., who had created works of genius but lived their lives and eventually passed away in misery.


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