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George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire

Sep 27, 2018
2018/9/27 17:05:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

And now for an off-topic (if welcome). Does anyone here collect first, limited, deluxe, illustrated, or otherwise specific editions of the Westeros books?

There’s a John Howe illustrated A Clash of Kings (2005, Meisha Merlin Publishing), and a Ted Nasmith illustrated A Game of Thrones (2015, Subterranean Press, in two volumes), but both of those are quite rare and expensive, as are all editions by those publishers.

There are two Harper Voyager slipcase sets (older blue edition and newer red edition). However, you never know if/when the next book comes out whether they’ll do a matching copy, which makes me rather shy of collecting these.

I’ll probably grab the trade illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones (0008209103), but for the full series I’ll wait till the next book drops.
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Sep 27, 2018
2018/9/27 21:27:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
If the main ASOIAF story is completed, it will be the greatest fantasy epic since Tolkien. If it’s not completed, it will still be the greatest worldbuilding exercise since Tolkien, I reckon. And the original three books will still constitute a great yarn.
Sep 27, 2018
2018/9/27 21:48:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

mboswi wrote:
The real problem here, IMO, is RR Martin, not the publisher. The last A song of Ice and Fire book was published almost 8 years ago. That is almost a decade, and the publishing trends evolve and change. I hope Harper Collins keeps the format, but well, a decade is a lot of time...

A long time? You haven't been reading the "available for a limited time only" messages on Tolkien Deluxes. A decade is nothing :)

Yeah, but the thing is Tolkien died a long time ago. A lot of books were published, a lot of editions, and we are still getting some works because there is a lot of material to keep producing texts. The key is that when he died, the main corpus of his universe was finished.
The problem here with Martin, imo, is that he hasn't finished this main corpus of his universe. And maybe he will never do it. 10 years from book to book, taking into account they are books covering the main story of ASOIF, is a lot of time, specially when the first deluxe edition is still waiting for the author to continue writing.
I am not sure I have been able to explain my point xD
Sep 28, 2018
2018/9/28 11:25:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
mboswi wrote:

I have the blue slipcased edition, along with the illustrated and the red limited signed edition. Besides, I have the book I world of Ice and Fire, but I think you are not interested in it. Here is a picture. I hope it helps. If you have any question or you want any further pic feel free to ask for it :)


Which impressions do you own (if there even are multiple impressions)?

Who were they printed by (China, etc.)?
Sep 28, 2018
2018/9/28 13:46:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
All of them were bought as they came out. Here there are two pics of the page with all this kind of info. I hope they will answer all your questions. Btw, I am assuming your questions are about the blue editions. They are books 1 and 4. ISBN ending in 6 and 9.

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Jan 22
2020/1/22 17:05:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
As much as I love collecting Tolkien's works, I am equally passionate about collecting George R. R. Martin's works. I figured some of you guys might be interested in meeting other fellow GRRM collectors and as such, I have created a group specifically for that purpose;

A new venue for all rare books aficionados to meet, discuss, and share our passion for all works by the modern day literary god, George RR Martin is open!

George RR Martin Rarities

This is the very first Facebook group solely dedicated to sharing news, buying, selling, and trading of rare books by George RR Martin and everyone is welcome to join. We already have several of the most established and well-respected rare books super-collectors amonst our ranks including Rebecca Dornsife, Pat Robinson, Yegor Malinovskii, and Kris Webster!

Emulating the much venerated Stephen King Rare Editions group by Kris Webster, our Group will focus solely on collecting rare books including 1) limited & lettered editions, 2) 1sts, 3) signed, 4) proofs/Arcs, and 5) original illustration artworks featured on GRRM's works.

An all new up-to-date compilation of wish list/sales list is also available in the group, so if you are looking for a book to complete your matching set or have rare books for sale, please join the group!
Jan 22
2020/1/22 18:22:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Folio Society's edition of A Game of Thrones looks to be stunning. And they're going to do the entire series. Though I'm curious if that will extend to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Fire & Blood, and any other Westeros-related books that may come out.
Jan 22
2020/1/22 18:49:29 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The Folio Society edition IS really stunning! The color changing of the cloth looks very noble. I would love to see a new LotR/H/Sil in this style..

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Jan 22
2020/1/22 19:12:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The FS's Tolkien editions really are starting to look a little tired. It would, indeed, be great to see a Tolkien "reboot" & for them to release new editions of his main work.
Jan 22
2020/1/22 19:14:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I say "main work" and editions, plural. What I meant to say was: I'd like to see a new FS edition of The Silmarillion....
Jan 22
2020/1/22 19:44:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
I say "main work" and editions, plural. What I meant to say was: I'd like to see a new FS edition of The Silmarillion....

The FS Editions looked tired when they came out. Unlike Easton press, Folio is capable of producing nicely designed books -- I think the Tolkien ones just arrived at a bad time for them stylistically. No interest in ASOIAF whatsoever (so haven't paid attention to these), but the Folio Dune a couple of years ago was lovely.
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