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Hunchback Jack
05-04-2018, 04:30 PM
This thread will contain pics of some of my non-King collection. Please feel free to move it to somewhere more appropriate, it this is the wrong place.

Hunchback Jack
05-04-2018, 04:41 PM
The Non-Born King, 1st/1st signed trade:
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This copy is inscribed to Dave Dikty, Ms. May's son, to whom the book is dedicated.

After Ms. May's recent death, I tried to get in touch with Dave to gift this book back to him, if he wanted it. But unfortunately, Dave passed away in 2005. I don't remember exactly when I purchased this copy, but it could have been around that time, which would explain why the book was on the market.

In any case, I will hold onto it, and treasure it.

HBJ

peripheral
05-05-2018, 05:34 AM
Cool, I'll watch this thread keenly...

lotuz
05-12-2018, 05:32 PM
Cool, I'll watch this thread keenly...

Same here! I'm loving these new collection threads and watching them closely.

Also, HBJ, what a treasure you have! Perhaps the most personal copy of any book I have seen.

Hunchback Jack
05-12-2018, 06:18 PM
Sorry I've been a bit slow getting more pictures up. I'm trying to figure out how to take photos that will do the books justice. They still won't look much good, but I want to at least try.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 12:05 AM
These are my Robert McCammon Lettered Editions:

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Baal, Blue World and The Border are true Lettereds; the rest are PC.

I'm interested in purchasing any SubPress McCammon Lettered editions I'm missing - PC or otherwise - so please PM me if you know if any available for sale.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 12:15 AM
Lettered Editions of the Matthew Corbett series by Robert McCammon:

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Speaks the Nightbird is exactly the same as the regular limited River City edition, but is marked with a letter instead of a number - BB, in this case. The provenance of these lettered River City volumes is a little uncertain, however.

The Providence Rider is letter B; the rest are letter U.

If anyone has a lead of a lettered Mister Slaughter for sale, please PM me. I can offer a finders fee if a you connect me to a seller and a deal is made.

ym2000
05-13-2018, 01:51 AM
Beautiful books! I wondered how I should photograph all of my non Corbett books and looks like you had a great idea!
Seems like we are all looking for Mister Slaughter - he he. You have Providence Rider which Im missing as well - we have to find all McCammon owners on this forum so we can do letter swaps! :)

Brian861
05-13-2018, 04:19 AM
Nice looking books, Peter!

ur2ndbiggestfan
05-13-2018, 04:36 AM
Great display. I've never read McCammon, but I know he's popular.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 08:01 AM
Beautiful books! I wondered how I should photograph all of my non Corbett books and looks like you had a great idea!
Seems like we are all looking for Mister Slaughter - he he. You have Providence Rider which Im missing as well - we have to find all McCammon owners on this forum so we can do letter swaps! :)

Thanks, Yegor. Your photos of your collection are just brilliant works of presentation. I'm struggling just to find large enough clean flat surfaces to arrange them on, and to get my books lit adequately. You both inspire me, and put me to shame. ;)

Yeah the lettered Mister Slaughter is a tough nut to crack. A PC copy sold on eBay a few months before I had acquired these copies, and I haven't seen one since. It's the first-in-a-series SubPress syndrome.

If I come across a Providence Rider lettered I'll PM you. I haven't seen any since I found this one, I'm afraid.

I'd love to find other lettered owners to try to find matches.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 08:17 AM
Nice looking books, Peter!

Thanks, Brian. There are actually a few different editions of McCammon's books out there, but I'm focusing on the SubPress editions for now. I'd really love them to do a Speaks the Nightbird.

McCammon seems to be publishing with Cemetery Dance now, though, which makes me wonder if future Corbett volumes will be from them. It would be a shame if the series didn't match.


Great display. I've never read McCammon, but I know he's popular.

Thanks! I had not read him until I picked up Speaks the Nightbird a few years ago, and was totally hooked. I've been gradually reading his older works, and collecting his work when I can.

Rooster
05-13-2018, 09:49 AM
You don't see May's Saga of the Exiles mentioned much anymore, so it is especially awesome to see that cool copy of yours!

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 10:04 AM
Thanks! Yes I have a soft spot for the series, which I read during my formative years. It still holds up reasonably well, I think.

I consider Intervention and Jack the Bodiless to be her best work, though. Using the framing device of Rogatien Remillard's memoir to tell the story of the Metapsychic Rebellion was genius, and Rogi is a wonderful character. That series fizzled out a bit, though, sadly.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 10:19 AM
Also, HBJ, what a treasure you have! Perhaps the most personal copy of any book I have seen.

Yeah, certainly I don't have anything else like this. I am thrilled to have it - but it's also a little unsettling, I must admit.

Hunchback Jack
05-13-2018, 03:05 PM
A dozen British Bears:

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This is what I've been collecting recently. I read a bunch of Greg Bear back in the day, and really enjoyed the stories and the U.K. Cover art. So recently I've been collecting British 1st/1st editions of the books I particularly liked. Only The Venging and Heads are signed.

They aren't particularly rare, and weren't particularly expensive. Bear has fallen off the SF radar, I think. But I was very happy to find them.

ETA: sorry about the bright reflections. I'm still trying to find a good place to photograph books for this thread. As you can see, it's a work in progress.

HBJ

Father Cody
05-13-2018, 04:22 PM
Really cool covers! Canít say Iíve read any of those but they look great. Which I think is enough of a reason to collect a book haha.

firemonkey66
05-14-2018, 05:34 PM
I like the Greg Bear books:) I have a UK Blood Music and UK Blood Music proof that I wanted to get signed, and it turned out to be pretty easy to have done. I contacted Greg Bear through the discussion board on his website. Basically I posted that I loved Blood Music and asked if there was any way to get some books signed, and he e-mailed me with his address and told me to mail him the books with a return shipping label included. He did it pretty quick too. If you posted something on that site, he would probably sign some of your books and all it would cost would be the shipping:)

Father Cody
05-26-2018, 11:27 AM
Donít know how I missed your lettered McCammons. Those are amazing man. I just started collecting his works but there are no letters on my shelves. Of all the McCammon S/Ls, which is your favorite in terms of appearance?

Hunchback Jack
05-26-2018, 01:32 PM
Adam, the Matthew Corbett S/Ls, hands down. The foil embossed slipcases are really nicely done - photos don't do them justice - and the books themselves have additional content not in the trade edition. And the stories themselves are fantastic.

The other volumes are also very nice - the oversized Sean Song and Boys World are top notch - but for me, the Corbetts are something special.

I saw your FB post about the recent McCammons you bought from Siep. Congratulations, man. You're off to a great start!

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 10:19 AM
A mish-mash of Clive Barker signed limited editions. I don't really collect Barker with the same focus as other authors, but I've (somehow) managed to acquire a few editions of his books I particularly like:

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UK signed limited edition of The Great and Secret Show, in traycase:
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Earthling signed limited edition of The Scarlet Gospels:
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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9552.JPG

HarperCollins S/L of Imajica:
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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9554.JPG

ur2ndbiggestfan
05-27-2018, 11:43 AM
Those are great looking books.

I hate to say this, but I've never read anything by Barker that I liked, although admittedly I've not read much by him.

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 01:47 PM
I certainly like some of his work more than others. Imajica and Secret Show are very good; his other novels less so.

peripheral
05-27-2018, 02:13 PM
Great adds. I really like most of what Iíve read from Barker, but his Books of Blood are his best achievement, IMO.

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 02:53 PM
The limited reissue edition of David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series:
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This series has an unusual publication history. It was originally published in the 90s, and while Wingrove had conceived of it as a 9 book series, the publisher forced him to condense the last two volumes into one. The last volume is not that great, as a result.

Fast-forward 20 years, and a small U.K. Publishing house approached Wingrove to reissue the series, revising the entire story from beginning to end, expanding the final volume into its original intended length, splitting each original volume into two, and writing a new two-volume prelude story. The result was a 20 volume epic, to be published over 4-5 years - including a signed limited edition of each volume.

Sadly, the ambitious project failed after 8 volumes. This set is as complete as it will ever be.

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The earlier limited volumes had a publication run of 250; the later volumes, just 50. The endpapers display the dust jacket illustrations of the trade editions, and contain two-color printing throughout. They are nice volumes.

As an investment, though, they were not a success. Just recently, a set sold on eBay for one third of what I paid for these. And what I paid was a pretty good price at the time. I'm still glad to have them, though.

ur2ndbiggestfan
05-27-2018, 02:55 PM
Beautiful looking books.

I've read BILLION YEAR SPREE, but not TRILLION YEAR SPREE.

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 04:32 PM
The signed limited editions of the Matthew Corbett series by Robert McCammon, from River City and Subterranean Press:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9582.JPG

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I don't have a matching set from SubPress. If anyone has #226 of any of the volumes, I am willing to swap + cash. PM if you can help.

HBJ

Father Cody
05-27-2018, 05:28 PM
Adam, the Matthew Corbett S/Ls, hands down. The foil embossed slipcases are really nicely done - photos don't do them justice - and the books themselves have additional content not in the trade edition. And the stories themselves are fantastic.

The other volumes are also very nice - the oversized Sean Song and Boys World are top notch - but for me, the Corbetts are something special.

I saw your FB post about the recent McCammons you bought from Siep. Congratulations, man. You're off to a great start!

Iím not sure if our slipcases are the same but even if not, I know what you mean. Theyíre the classiest looking items on the entire shelf.

Thanks for your encouragement. Theyíre the first SubPress books Iíve owned and itís like a whole new world of collecting opened up. I hear finding my missing number for Mister Slaughter is somewhat of a pipe dream but Iím looking forward to the hunt.

Man youíve got an amazing non-King collection. There are books here I didnít even know I wanted haha.

Merlin1958
05-27-2018, 05:38 PM
A mish-mash of Clive Barker signed limited editions. I don't really collect Barker with the same focus as other authors, but I've (somehow) managed to acquire a few editions of his books I particularly like:

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9548.JPG

UK signed limited edition of The Great and Secret Show, in traycase:
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9549.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9550.JPG

Earthling signed limited edition of The Scarlet Gospels:
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9551.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9552.JPG

HarperCollins S/L of Imajica:
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9553.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9554.JPG



Oh cool!!! TGASS and Everville were dunamite books and my favorite, Barker works!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 05:59 PM
Iím not sure if our slipcases are the same but even if not, I know what you mean. Theyíre the classiest looking items on the entire shelf.

Adam, check out the second photo in the post right above yours. Those are my McCammon S/L slipcases.


Man youíve got an amazing non-King collection. There are books here I didnít even know I wanted haha.

Wow, thanks very much! I still have a few interesting things to post. :)

Hunchback Jack
05-27-2018, 06:07 PM
Oh cool!!! TGASS and Everville were dunamite books and my favorite, Barker works!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

I like them both too. I haven't yet found a UK S/L of Everville from when it was first published. I'm hoping to find something that matches the traycased TGaSS, but no luck yet. The Gauntlet Press editions are quite cool though.

Father Cody
05-27-2018, 06:13 PM
Ah how did I miss those! Theyíre all beauties. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Looking forward to whatís coming next!

ym2000
05-28-2018, 02:32 AM
These are the best examples of limiteds - from binding to slipcase. They look as good as some of the lettered editions out there. I hope Cemetery Dance will keep the design - not sure if its possible at all.
We should start a petition to Brian.


The signed limited editions of the Matthew Corbett series by Robert McCammon, from River City and Subterranean Press:

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9581.JPG

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9582.JPG

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9583.JPG

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9584.JPG

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9585.JPG

I don't have a matching set from SubPress. If anyone has #226 of any of the volumes, I am willing to swap + cash. PM if you can help.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
05-28-2018, 12:26 PM
Agreed, Yegor. Quality and beauty in every respect.

ETA: and I must say that Victor Chong's illustrations capture the mood of the series exactly - especially his cover art. If CD are publishing the remainder of the series, it would be a real shame - to say the least - if they approached a different artist for the remaining volumes.

HBJ

lotuz
05-28-2018, 01:22 PM
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What a beautiful looking set! I love when a publisher can take a theme and stretch it out over a number of books without the aesthetic getting boring (the RA Lafferty series from Centipede Press is another good example of this). It's a real shame it won't be a 20 book set - that would be a very pretty shelf. As is, they are still a nice looking set of books, though!

Brian861
05-28-2018, 01:44 PM
Beautiful stuff, Peter!

Hunchback Jack
05-28-2018, 11:31 PM
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What a beautiful looking set! I love when a publisher can take a theme and stretch it out over a number of books without the aesthetic getting boring (the RA Lafferty series from Centipede Press is another good example of this). It's a real shame it won't be a 20 book set - that would be a very pretty shelf. As is, they are still a nice looking set of books, though!

Thanks! I have to agree - the consistency of design elements was one of the main reasons I acquired this set, even though the series had already been cancelled. There a lots of little details to appreciate: for example, the printing on the covers and slipcase, and the bookmark ribbon colour, match the endpaper colour scheme for each volume.

Unfortunately, this is not *quite* a matching set. All volumes are #20 - *except* volume 3, which is #21. This was a publisher error - they sent the original owner the wrong number, and he didn't bother to correct it. Needless to say, I've very interested in finding #20 of volume 3!


Beautiful stuff, Peter!

Thanks, Brian! It's a great feeling to post these pics to a forum where people appreciate them!

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
06-03-2018, 02:54 PM
Dan Simmons Lettered editions:

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All are PC copies, except The Terror, which is letter I.

peripheral
06-03-2018, 03:00 PM
Oh man, theyíre awesome. The Terror (one of my favourite books) looks amazing...

ur2ndbiggestfan
06-03-2018, 03:12 PM
Very nice books, but another author I have yet to read.

Hunchback Jack
06-03-2018, 05:17 PM
Oh man, theyíre awesome. The Terror (one of my favourite books) looks amazing...

Thanks, peri. The Terror is very nice indeed, although the traycase marks or scuffs if you look at it twice. But the book is one of SubPress's best, in my opinion.


Very nice books, but another author I have yet to read.

Thanks! I like Simmons a lot. These are among his best non-SF works.

(I have two more lettered Simmons on the way, which I will post when I get them).

Stockerlone
06-03-2018, 11:27 PM
Supersupernice books !!!

ym2000
06-04-2018, 04:57 AM
Wow - super jealous! So cool because I haven"t even seen photos of a few ( including Terror) ever anywhere online. Thank you for sharing.
I just last month finally purchased The Summer Of Night lettered but looks like I have a lot more to find :) Please let me know if you ever get any tips as to sellers.

Hunchback Jack
06-04-2018, 03:22 PM
Supersupernice books !!!

Thanks, Frank!


Wow - super jealous! So cool because I haven"t even seen photos of a few ( including Terror) ever anywhere online. Thank you for sharing.
I just last month finally purchased The Summer Of Night lettered but looks like I have a lot more to find :) Please let me know if you ever get any tips as to sellers.

Yegor, you've posted many pics of editions I've never seen before, so I'm glad I can return the favour. :) I don't have any scoop on sellers, but if I hear of any lettered editions for sale, I'll certainly send them your way.

My lettered collection is still very modest - I'm focusing almost exclusively on McCammon and Simmons SubPress editions, and I'm far from complete, as you can see. My two Grail of Grails at the moment are Drood (Simmons) and Mister Slaughter (McCammon). Although if a Zafon set ever materializes I will jump at it.

HBJ

Brian861
06-05-2018, 05:35 PM
Very nice, Peter!

Father Cody
06-05-2018, 05:46 PM
This entire thread amazes me. That Terror... :drool:

Hunchback Jack
06-08-2018, 04:53 PM
Very nice, Peter!

Thanks, Brian.


This entire thread amazes me. That Terror... :drool:

Thanks, Adam! The Terror is one of my favourite Simmons novels, so I feel very fortunate to have found it. Still looking for a lettered Drood, though.

Aronstg
06-08-2018, 06:54 PM
Thanks for sharing. Love those Simmons books!

Hunchback Jack
06-26-2018, 10:16 AM
Some uncommon or signed Stephen Donaldson books:

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These are U.K. Trade hardcover editions of the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I'm not sure of the publishing history of them; i don't know which, if any, were published before the paperbacks, and which are hardcover reprints. I think the non-Collins editions might all be first editions, and quite hard to find.

I love the color illustrations on the First Chronicles books. They were done by an artist named Peter Goodfellow, and I'd love to get prints of them.

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US and U.K. Hardcovers of the Last Chronicles. The US editions are all signed; volume 1 is inscribed to me. The U.K. Edition of The Last Dark is not a book club edition, despite its smaller size.

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Gollancz signed limited editions of Runes of the Earth (shrinkwrapped) and Seventh Decimate. The former is not as rare - 1000 copies were published - while the latter was limited to 100 copies. No extras other than the signature and slipcase.

HBJ

Brian861
06-26-2018, 03:45 PM
Nice collection there, Peter!

ur2ndbiggestfan
06-26-2018, 03:45 PM
The books look great. Another author I have yet to read.

Stockerlone
06-27-2018, 02:04 AM
VERY NICE Donaldson collection !!!

Hunchback Jack
06-27-2018, 10:16 AM
Nice collection there, Peter!

Thanks, Brian. I actually have quite a few more 1/1 UK trade hardcovers of his other series, but they are very common. He's very popular in the U.K. These are the more uncommon editions.


The books look great. Another author I have yet to read.

Donaldson tends to polarize people. He often has characters do unspeakable things and then tries to redeem them. He also has complex ideas about the nature of power and heroism which avoid the usual tropes, and require investment to understand. So a lot of people don't enjoy his work. I like it a lot - his writing style appeals to me, and he's a wonderful storyteller.


VERY NICE Donaldson collection !!!

Thanks, Frank. I know these volumes don't look like much, but some of them are actually quite hard to find in good condition. A lot of people don't realize that U.K. Hardcover editions of the First Chronicles even exist, because the Fontana paperbacks are so ubiquitous.

HBJ

zelig
06-27-2018, 10:23 AM
I remember selling the Fontana paperbacks at my store and I have never seen the hardcovers before. Itís a great looking set.

Lurker
06-27-2018, 09:26 PM
The limited reissue edition of David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series:

Those are nice. I kept thinking I knew that name and then saw he was the Myst writer. These look interesting so I downloaded the first one. Another something new everyday.

ym2000
06-29-2018, 05:44 AM
Great Donaldson collection! Thank you for sharing!

Hunchback Jack
07-10-2018, 09:11 PM
I remember selling the Fontana paperbacks at my store and I have never seen the hardcovers before. Itís a great looking set.

Thanks, Paul. The hardcovers are pretty neat. Of course, I also have a set of the Fontana paperbacks.

Well, okay, maybe more than one set. ;)



The limited reissue edition of David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series:

Those are nice. I kept thinking I knew that name and then saw he was the Myst writer. These look interesting so I downloaded the first one. Another something new everyday.

Yes, se co-wrote the three myst novels, which are quite good. Chung Kuo is his Magnum Opus, though.


Great Donaldson collection! Thank you for sharing!

Thanks, Yegor. Glad you liked seeing them.

Father Cody
07-11-2018, 05:40 AM
I havenít read anything by this author but the titles demand interest. Curious to give him a try. The books are clean and classy looking, too.

MikeDuke
07-11-2018, 10:31 AM
Wow. Man oh man that is one bad ass collection. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with most of these authors and while I like Hell Raiser 1 and 2, I have only read Weaveworld, which I did like a lot. I have Imajica but just never read it.
This is one serious collection Peter.

Hunchback Jack
07-12-2018, 02:48 PM
I havenít read anything by this author but the titles demand interest. Curious to give him a try. The books are clean and classy looking, too.

Thanks, Adam. As I said above, he can be a bit polarizing. If you get halfway through the first in the series - Lord Foul's Bane - and are still willing to give the protagonist a chance, then you will probably like the whole series. But there's one scene in particular that makes that character - and Donaldson - irredeemable in many readers' eyes.


Wow. Man oh man that is one bad ass collection. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with most of these authors and while I like Hell Raiser 1 and 2, I have only read Weaveworld, which I did like a lot. I have Imajica but just never read it.
This is one serious collection Peter.

Thanks, Mike. In my formative years I read SF and epic fantasy, mostly, so much of my non-King collection is in those genres. My foray into S/Ls and Lettered editions is relatively recent, so the stuff I have from before then is more focused on unusual or rare trade editions of the authors I like. Also, mostly UK editions, as I grew up in Australia.

More to come soon. I have some acquisitions arriving soon, and some more stuff in the bookcase to share.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
07-13-2018, 03:25 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 1: The Silo Trilogy, by Hugh Howey:

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9837.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9838.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9839.JPG

This is a PC copy of the SubPress lettered edition. The three volumes are housed in a single traycase, and each one is bound in leather with foil stamping. The endpapers are this beautifully textured and richly colored thick paper. A nice set.

This was another lucky pickup from the SubPress PC sale earlier this year.

ur2ndbiggestfan
07-13-2018, 03:39 PM
Impressive. One of these days I'll read a book by him.

Brian861
07-13-2018, 04:52 PM
Very nice, Peter! Sub pumps out some awesome stuff.

Hunchback Jack
07-21-2018, 09:08 PM
Impressive. One of these days I'll read a book by him.

This trilogy is the only thing I've read by him, and it isnt bad at all. Solid post apocalyptic fiction, tending towards YA.


Very nice, Peter! Sub pumps out some awesome stuff.

Yeah, SubPress do some pretty innovative stuff. The multi-volume slipcase they've designed for the Silo books is pretty neat. It's also gorgeous - the leather is silky smooth. Really pleased to have it.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
07-21-2018, 09:25 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 2: The Glass Books series (matching, but incomplete) by Gordon Dahlquist:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9914.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9915.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9916.JPG

These were published a few years apart by SubPress, so the traycases look quite different. The first volume is more of a stitched leather wallet style, while the second is the more common clamshell design. The books are bound in leather.

Sadly, SubPress didn't publish the third volume in the series.

Father Cody
07-21-2018, 09:55 PM
Theyíre both beauties but the volume one case stands out to me. I donít think Iíve seen one quite like it before. It really does look like a wallet. Really cool. :thumbsup:

ur2ndbiggestfan
07-22-2018, 08:01 AM
I have a couple of their books in that stitched leather case too. I think one of them is starting to warp though.

I should clarify I guess, I don't have the ABOVE books in those cases, but Sub Press books by other authors in similar cases.

ym2000
07-22-2018, 04:39 PM
I have the first book only. Great job on collecting them both - SubPress drops books often even though the series continue. Probably because of lack of sales. Im so happy they are rebooting a few now after 8-9 year breaks.

Hunchback Jack
07-22-2018, 10:14 PM
Theyíre both beauties but the volume one case stands out to me. I donít think Iíve seen one quite like it before. It really does look like a wallet. Really cool. :thumbsup:

Thanks, Adam! SubPress were doing their lettered traycases in that style for a specific period; I've seen a few other volumes like it, although this is the only one I own.


I have a couple of their books in that stitched leather case too. I think one of them is starting to warp though.

I should clarify I guess, I don't have the ABOVE books in those cases, but Sub Press books by other authors in similar cases.

Warping may be one reason they changed the design. This copy looks okay so far.


I have the first book only. Great job on collecting them both - SubPress drops books often even though the series continue. Probably because of lack of sales. Im so happy they are rebooting a few now after 8-9 year breaks.

Thanks, Yegor! The first volume's lettered edition was only a 15 copy run, so I'm pretty thrilled to have one of the only 15 possible matching sets. The do come up on the secondary market now and then at very reasonable prices, though.

I'm also pleased about SubPress picking up previously-abandoned series. Now that they are completing Richard K. Morgan's Kovacs series, I hope they publish Morgan's "The Dark Defiles", at last.

PennyUnwise
07-22-2018, 10:20 PM
Thanks, Yegor! The first volume's lettered edition was only a 15 copy run, so I'm pretty thrilled to have one of the only 15 possible matching sets. The do come up on the secondary market now and then at very reasonable prices, though.

I'm also pleased about SubPress picking up previously-abandoned series. Now that they are completing Richard K. Morgan's Kovacs series, I hope they publish Morgan's "The Dark Defiles", at last.

Yeah, if anyone is interested in those two there is a matching lettered set here: Right Here (https://www.ebay.com/itm/SIGNED-1st-Gordon-Dahlquist-Glass-Books-of-Dream-Eaters-Dark-Volume-LETTERED/362114959609?epid=92456738&hash=item544fbbc8f9%3Ag%3AyJYAAOSwBcdZy6yu&_sop=16&_sacat=0&_nkw=dahlquist+signed&_from=R40&rt=nc)

That "wallet" traycase is really neat, like Fevre Dream. Very cool books, and incredibly jealous of Terror!!

Hunchback Jack
07-22-2018, 10:28 PM
Thanks very much. I was fortunate to pick up the Terror Lettered on the secondary market a few years ago.

I know you're looking for a copy, and I'm sorry, but mine is not for sale. But keep looking and be patient. One *will* come up sooner or later.

HBJ

PennyUnwise
07-22-2018, 10:34 PM
Thanks very much. I was fortunate to pick up the Terror Lettered on the secondary market a few years ago.

I know you're looking for a copy, and I'm sorry, but mine is not for sale. But keep looking and be patient. One *will* come up sooner or later.

HBJ

Don't worry. I would not have the guts to break that Simmons collection up. Do you recommend just skimming eBay and Camelot frequently and hope?

Also, thanks! Your confidence will hopefully translate into some good luck in the near future...

Father Cody
07-22-2018, 10:37 PM
I think I might make a go for a lettered Terror. Or a numbered at least, if there is one. Theyíre really hard to find, right? Do you know how much theyíre currently valued at?

PennyUnwise
07-22-2018, 10:42 PM
I think I might make a go for a lettered Terror. Or a numbered at least, if there is one. Theyíre really hard to find, right? Do you know how much theyíre currently valued at?

Numbered: Between $300 and $400 roughly (One's been sitting at $450 for awhile, one sold for a little less I believe)

Lettered: Who knows, maybe Hunchback Jack may be willing to disclose what he found letter "I" for. I'd pay up to $2,000, and am thinking about trading my Misery S/L and requesting cash at this point.

jon10g
07-23-2018, 09:53 PM
Love the Dahlquist books. May I ask when they were published? I really enjoyed these books. Wish he would write more.

Hunchback Jack
07-23-2018, 10:53 PM
Do you recommend just skimming eBay and Camelot frequently and hope?


I certainly use those sites, and have found some rarities on ABE (although prices are usually on the high side). But a key to success in finding these books is to do what you're doing here - join online communities, let people know what you're looking for, and help out others to find their wants as well.

(Incidentally, if you had either a Drood Lettered or a Mister Slaughter Lettered, even PC, I'd throw all sort of money at you) :)


I think I might make a go for a lettered Terror. Or a numbered at least, if there is one. Theyíre really hard to find, right? Do you know how much theyíre currently valued at?

Terror S/Ls come up now and then. I've maybe only seen one other Lettered Terror on the market since I bought mine.


Love the Dahlquist books. May I ask when they were published? I really enjoyed these books. Wish he would write more.

The Subpress editions of volumes 1 and 2 were published in May 2007 and January 2008, respectively.

HBJ

Stockerlone
07-24-2018, 04:27 AM
Supernice new books !!!

becca69
07-24-2018, 07:01 AM
Theyíre both beauties but the volume one case stands out to me. I donít think Iíve seen one quite like it before. It really does look like a wallet. Really cool. :thumbsup:

Lettered Fevre Dream came with a case like that. It's one of my favorites.

https://s20.postimg.cc/clk1t44vx/DF3_A1_F8_C-7_ADB-4_C50-8559-3_A89771_B4_A27.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

becca69
07-24-2018, 07:03 AM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 1: The Silo Trilogy, by Hugh Howey:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9838.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9839.JPG

This is a PC copy of the SubPress lettered edition. The three volumes are housed in a single traycase, and each one is bound in leather with foil stamping. The endpapers are this beautifully textured and richly colored thick paper. A nice set.

This was another lucky pickup from the SubPress PC sale earlier this year.

So you got it :beat:

Congrats!

Father Cody
07-24-2018, 07:36 AM
Lettered Fevre Dream came with a case like that. It's one of my favorites.

So nice. You guys are killing me right now. :)

Hunchback Jack
07-28-2018, 11:56 AM
Supernice new books !!!

Thanks, Frank. I like 'em. :)


Lettered Fevre Dream came with a case like that. It's one of my favorites.

Thanks for posting, Becca. I don't think I've seen that edition before.

SubPress did a few lettered editions in that style around this time - Tad Williams' "Rite" and Jonathan Lethem's "How We Became Insipid" are two I recall offhand (neither of which I own).



Random Lettered Editions, Part 1: The Silo Trilogy, by Hugh Howey:

So you got it :beat:

Congrats!

I admit that I did, Becca. I was very fortunate in that sale, and was able to pick up the few PC lettered editions that I really, really wanted.

Hunchback Jack
07-28-2018, 12:14 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 3: Crosstalk, by Connie Willis:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9933.JPG
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I really like Willis's work - it's smart and fun - and I picked this copy up on the secondary market for under list price. If I get the chance, I hope to pick up lettered editions of her Blackout/All Clear series, also from SubPress.

HBJ

St. Troy
07-28-2018, 06:59 PM
...I TOTALLY DESPISE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Everything is a travesty with you, man.

zelig
07-28-2018, 07:13 PM
I TOTALLY DESPISE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Well, itís been nice knowing you Steve.

Lurker
07-28-2018, 07:48 PM
I agree about Joyce Carol Oates. Uck.

Father Cody
07-29-2018, 08:34 AM
...I TOTALLY DESPISE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Yeah, well, thatís just like, your opinion, man.

St. Troy
07-30-2018, 12:25 PM
...I TOTALLY DESPISE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Yeah, well, thatís just like, your opinion, man.

Say what you want; at least it's an ethos.

Father Cody
07-30-2018, 12:39 PM
...I TOTALLY DESPISE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Yeah, well, thatís just like, your opinion, man.

Say what you want; at least it's an ethos.

Uh, Iím just gonna go find a cash machine.

Br!an
07-30-2018, 01:36 PM
Good stuff! Some gorgeous editions.

Hunchback Jack
07-30-2018, 02:20 PM
Steve's original post seems to have been deleted, but here's what I'll say:


Connie Willis's writing style is not for everyone, and I can understand why some people don't like it. I find it charming, though.
While I like the Fight Club movie, I much prefer the book (which is where the quote in my sig is from)
See Adam's response regarding your opinion about The Big Lebowski. It was perfect.


And thanks for the nice comment, Brian.

A few more random lettered to post, and then a few decidedly UN-random ones.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-02-2018, 03:42 PM
Random Lettered Edition, Part 4: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi:
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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9980.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9981.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9997.JPG

This was the first SubPress lettered I bought, a PC copy on eBay, for less than the list price of the S/L!

The traycase is a bit scuffed on the front, but condition is otherwise not bad. Leather covers, two color printing throughout. She doesn't look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.

"I want more of this", I thought, when I first saw it.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-02-2018, 03:47 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 5: Beyond the Aquila Rift, by Alastair Reynolds:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9983.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9984.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9998.JPG


A true lettered (R) copy. I like Reynolds work, including his short stories, although I haven't yet read of of these.

"Standard" SubPress lettered - leather covers, good binding and paper. Great stuff.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-02-2018, 03:50 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 6: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey:

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9985.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9986.JPG
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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9999.JPG


This is a gorgeous volume, and a real monster! Another true lettered (Q) copy. The artwork is really something special.

I plan to get the matching letter of the next volume, Kushiel's Chosen, when available from SubPress.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-02-2018, 04:01 PM
Random Lettered Editions, Part 7: The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_9992.JPG

Leaving the best til last.

I have posted pics of this in other threads, but took some new photos to post here. A truly gorgeous volume, a PC copy of the SubPress Lettered edition of The Silence of the Lambs.

The traycase is bound in Japanese silk, embossed with the death's-head hawkmoth emblem. The book itself is bound in red leather and black cloth, with the same death's-head hawkmoth emblem embossed in gold foil. Gorgeous endpapers, and two-color printing throughout.

Photos do not do this book justice. I was awe-struck just taking it down from the shelf to photograph it again.

HBJ

Father Cody
08-02-2018, 04:14 PM
Ok all those are very nice, but that Silence of the Lambs...wow! Got a serious case of envy going on over here right now. Well done.

ur2ndbiggestfan
08-02-2018, 05:58 PM
Me too on that LAMBS. I wanted that lettered so bad but I just did not have the money, and I think it sold out anyway before I got a shot at it. Beautiful book!

(I did get the trade edition though)

ym2000
08-03-2018, 01:58 AM
I was able to find the set from a retiring collector, otherwise I never seen any for sale together.




I really like Willis's work - it's smart and fun - and I picked this copy up on the secondary market for under list price. If I get the chance, I hope to pick up lettered editions of her Blackout/All Clear series, also from SubPress.

HBJ[/QUOTE]

Brian861
08-03-2018, 06:30 AM
Very nice stuff, Peter!

MikeDuke
08-03-2018, 11:37 AM
Man,
There are some wonderful books that I don't even know about. I guess that's my fault for just having tunnel vision on King. Way to go Peter.
I wish I had some recommendations of nice S\L I should check out. But there are too many site to try and follow.

Hunchback Jack
08-04-2018, 10:58 AM
Ok all those are very nice, but that Silence of the Lambs...wow! Got a serious case of envy going on over here right now. Well done.


Me too on that LAMBS. I wanted that lettered so bad but I just did not have the money, and I think it sold out anyway before I got a shot at it. Beautiful book!

(I did get the trade edition though)

Thanks, Adam and Steve! Yes, it's a bit unfair of me to put Lambs next to these other titles, because it does tend to make them look a bit ... ordinary. And they certainly are not!


I was able to find the set from a retiring collector, otherwise I never seen any for sale together.





I really like Willis's work - it's smart and fun - and I picked this copy up on the secondary market for under list price. If I get the chance, I hope to pick up lettered editions of her Blackout/All Clear series, also from SubPress.

HBJ

No, me either. My statement was more an idle hope than, say, a goal for 2018. :)

(Although I may have a lead on a PC Lettered of All Clear, which would be cool)


Very nice stuff, Peter!

Thanks a lot, Brian. I appreciate your appreciation. :)


Man,
There are some wonderful books that I don't even know about. I guess that's my fault for just having tunnel vision on King. Way to go Peter.
I wish I had some recommendations of nice S\L I should check out. But there are too many site to try and follow.

I think you're right to focus, though.

There are a lot of "pretty books" out there, and I've learned the hard way that if you chase after everything that looks cool, you end up with a lot of titles on your shelf that you really just don't care about. My collection has definitely benefitted recently from me making conscious decisions about what *not* to collect - regardless of how gorgeous the volumes are or how good an investment it might be. Read my sig, in other words. :)

So if King is your thing, there's nothing wrong with that. You want things on your shelf that have significance to you.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-04-2018, 12:29 PM
Two additional McCammon PC Lettered editions, from Subterranean Press:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_0011.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_00121.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_0013.JPG

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_0014.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_0015.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_0016.JPG

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
08-04-2018, 12:47 PM
Those are Pretty Cool, Peachy Clean, Practically Copacetic, Particularly Charismatic and Perfectly Charming PCs!

Hunchback Jack
08-09-2018, 02:25 PM
:D Thank you, sir!

Hunchback Jack
08-09-2018, 02:32 PM
Some Shelfies, by request.

Paperback SF and Fantasy Fiction (double-stuft):
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Paperback Mainstream Fiction (left, double-stuft) and Hardcover SF and Fantasy Fiction (right, double-stuft):
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Hardcover Mainstream Fiction (double-stuft):
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SubPress Lettered and S/L (left), King S/L (top right) and other S/L (bottom right):
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_00541.JPG

Misc Signed Limiteds, Signed Trades, and unsigned limited editions:
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/IMG_00551.JPG

Brian861
08-11-2018, 09:40 AM
Quite the collection there, Peter!

Father Cody
08-11-2018, 09:55 AM
Wow! Thanks for posting, Peter! Youíre right, those last three look like the exact same three shelves I have. What do they say about great minds? :)

I see you have the Wool trilogy from Sub Press. Did you hear AMC is doing a show adaptation? Iíve hunting a set down but have no idea what a good price would be. Found one for $350-ish.

PennyUnwise
08-11-2018, 10:05 AM
Wow! Thanks for posting, Peter! Youíre right, those last three look like the exact same three shelves I have. What do they say about great minds? :)

I see you have the Wool trilogy from Sub Press. Did you hear AMC is doing a show adaptation? Iíve hunting a set down but have no idea what a good price would be. Found one for $350-ish.

$220 with slipcase: Here (https://camelotbooks.com/books/detail/wool-trilogy)

Father Cody
08-11-2018, 10:07 AM
$220 with slipcase: Here (https://camelotbooks.com/books/detail/wool-trilogy)

Whoa thanks!

Hunchback Jack
08-11-2018, 03:47 PM
Thanks, guys. I wish I could take better photos, but my book rooms are (intentionally) quite dark and are hard to light.

When I get some time I'll rearrange the books so all the S/Ls can actually be seen.



$220 with slipcase: Here (https://camelotbooks.com/books/detail/wool-trilogy)

Whoa thanks!

That's a great price.

ym2000
08-12-2018, 03:20 AM
Super impressive my friend! Amazing collection!
What are the lettereds next to The Glass Books

Hunchback Jack
08-12-2018, 09:20 AM
You have a sharp eye, Yegor. :) Two of them are the new McCammon lettereds I posted earlier.

The other two are new acquisitions: lettered Olympos and lettered Black Hills, by Dan Simmons, from SubPress:

http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01221.JPG

This is Olympos; it's a true lettered, but I don't recall which letter. Obviously I'm very interested in find a lettered Ilium.:
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I need to take better photos of this; I was in a hurry and didn't want to take the plastic off the book itself. I'll update this post when I do.


This is Black Hills, a PC lettered:
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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01251.JPG
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I hadn't seen pictures of Black Hills before I bought it, so I was speechless when I first held it in my hands. The texture of the slipcase and book, the "burnt wood" look of the stamping on case and book, and the matching endpapers and case lining are perfectly designed. The book is set in the Old West, and this volume captures that feel perfectly. Just an incredible volume.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-12-2018, 10:12 AM
Oh, on the other side of the Dahlquist is a PC copy of the lettered edition of The Winds of Marble Arch, by Connie Willis, also from SubPress:

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http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01351.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01361.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01371.JPG
http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/data/930/medium/IMG_01381.JPG

(And yes, I know all my book photos are staged the same way. I don't have your creativity, Yegor!)

HBJ

Father Cody
08-12-2018, 04:39 PM
Peter, man, you have a phenomenal collection. Iím in love with that Black Hills lettered.

MikeDuke
08-13-2018, 07:41 AM
Wow Peter. Those shelves and books look awesome. You have quite the collection.

Hunchback Jack
08-13-2018, 10:39 AM
Peter, man, you have a phenomenal collection. Iím in love with that Black Hills lettered.

Thanks, Adam. Yes, it's a beautiful book.


Wow Peter. Those shelves and books look awesome. You have quite the collection.

Thanks, Mike. As I said, I never throw books away. I bought some of the SF paperbacks over 30 years ago.

I've put more detailed photos of my shelves in a separate gallery,here (http://www.thedarktower.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=1009), for those interested in a better look.

MikeDuke
08-13-2018, 11:27 AM
Man you have a killer S&P collection Peter. Very envious of that. As I said, I have been pigeon holed (my own doing) into King. I am sure there are tons of other stuff
that I would have found interesting if I knew about it. Keep on going.

Hunchback Jack
08-13-2018, 11:43 AM
Thanks, Mike.

Yes, I really like SubPress's work, although I've only been collecting them seriously for the last 5 years or so. A lot of these volumes are from the secondary market, and so these numbered sets are unmatched.

My buying habits have shifted in the last year, though. I'm now starting to focus on specific authors, and trying to afford Lettered editions instead of the numbered for authors I really like. I'm buying fewer books as a result, but my collection has benefitted from that focus. SubPress is probably better off, too. :)

I also need to get better at putting on mylar book covers, so I can get these babies out of those plastic bags. :(

HBJ

MikeDuke
08-13-2018, 11:51 AM
I don't think I could ever afford lettered books. So I am going to probably have to stick with numbers. I mean, the lettered Hill House would have been awesome but still too much for me. And I think they sold out pre-public sale anyway so it doesn't matter. I will probably just stick with Suntup books for a while. I know Paul said he has a few ideas so hopefully I can get a nice collection going. And TBH, to my detriment, I never really tried other authors :frown: so I don't know who else I might like.

Hunchback Jack
08-13-2018, 12:07 PM
Mike, when I say "Lettered", I don't mean King. That's out of my price range. But other authors are more affordable if you buy from the publisher or be patient on the secondary market. Even so, I'm now passing up a lot of other authors and books just to afford the Lettereds on my want list.

But you do you; buy what you can afford of the authors you really like. Focus is far more important than having a bunch of nice books.

Suntup seem like a winner to me, too. Even setting aside the appreciation we're seeing on the secondary market, they are very very nice editions for the price. I'm a customer of their's for life, I think. I was lucky to get the Misery S/L, and expect to add every S/L Paul publishes under that name. I don't expect to ever get onto the lettered Suntup train, but I'm very happy nonetheless.

MikeDuke
08-13-2018, 12:18 PM
I understand about the lettered King. I am in the same boat. All I meant is I don't know what I like besides King. At least you, and a number of other people have other authors you read. I never did.

Lurker
08-13-2018, 02:19 PM
Wow. I think between you and Yeagor and others I am beginning to feel a need to own at least one lettered book. Bad people!

Hunchback Jack
08-16-2018, 11:04 AM
Wow. I think between you and Yeagor and others I am beginning to feel a need to own at least one lettered book. Bad people!

:D I know what you mean. It was seeing others' Lettered editions that got me started.

But my Lettered collection is *very* modest compared to Yegor and other collectors out there. They have some truly inspirational collections - matching Lettered sets, and whatnot. Mine are mostly mismatched letters or PC copies.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-16-2018, 11:16 AM
I really like Willis's work - it's smart and fun - and I picked this copy up on the secondary market for under list price. If I get the chance, I hope to pick up lettered editions of her Blackout/All Clear series, also from SubPress.

HBJ
I was able to find the set from a retiring collector, otherwise I never seen any for sale together.

No, me either. My statement was more an idle hope than, say, a goal for 2018. :)

(Although I may have a lead on a PC Lettered of All Clear, which would be cool)


Well, that lead turned out to be good.

This is a PC copy of the Lettered edition of All Clear, by Connie Willis, from SubPress:

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Needless to say, I'm very interested in finding a Lettered edition of Blackout, to complete the set.

HBJ

MikeDuke
08-16-2018, 11:35 AM
That looks like a really cool book. Good luck on finding that last book.

Hunchback Jack
08-31-2018, 07:05 AM
That looks like a really cool book. Good luck on finding that last book.

Thanks, Mike.

There's a PC set of Blackout/All Clear up at Camelot for $2000, but that's too high, in my opinion. I paid about $250 for this copy of All Clear. So I'll have to keep looking for Blackout.

Meanwhile, I've been repairing my glass door bookcases - the cheapo plywood backs had come off - cleaning them top to bottom, and have been getting my S/Ls out of the plastic bags and into brodart covers. I plan to take some new shelfies and put them up in my gallery.

I also have a couple of new purchases I'll add here when they come in. Stay tuned.

Hunchback Jack
08-31-2018, 02:39 PM
A PC copy of the SubPress Lettered edition of The Skylark by Peter Straub:

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The numbered S/L edition of The Skylark was the first book I ever ordered directly from SubPress, back in 2010. It's a "first draft" version of Straub's novel, A Dark Matter, and was published exclusively by SubPress ahead of the "official" version. I love that sort of thing, and given it was also signed, I couldn't resist picking it up. Well worth reading alongside the more widely-published novel.

So when a PC copy of the Lettered edition showed up recently, I also couldn't resist picking it up.

Strangely, the signature sheet in this copy mentions the 500 copies of the numbered edition, but not the 26 copies of the Lettered edition. But this is definitely a PC copy of the lettered edition - the cover and binding is superior to the numbered edition. So I can only assume that all the lettered copies are like this, or the binder goofed (which is why this is a PC copy).

HBJ

Brian861
08-31-2018, 02:49 PM
Nice, Peter!

Ben Staad
09-01-2018, 01:46 PM
Cool looking book and very interesting story about it. I enjoyed A Dark Matter and now I'm curious about what if any differences there are between the two.

Stockerlone
09-02-2018, 12:51 AM
Congrats for the supernice The Skylark !!!

peripheral
09-02-2018, 01:34 AM
Man, what an amazing collection you have. And that Straub - so cool. Doin the Aussie ex-pats proud ;)

lotuz
09-03-2018, 05:35 PM
Beautiful book!

And the dustjacket reminds me of a stepped-up version of the New York Review Book classic releases, which is a really neat aesthetic:

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And of course much love for Peter Straub :)

I haven't read The Skylark/A Dark Matter, though, I'll admit. There are a few Straub books I have yet to pick up, but, like King (though to a smaller degree), he has a number of books that are SO GOOD that I always hesitate to read a new book instead of rereading one of the classics.

Hunchback Jack
09-06-2018, 02:41 PM
Cool looking book and very interesting story about it. I enjoyed A Dark Matter and now I'm curious about what if any differences there are between the two.

Thanks, BM! You know, I remember being fascinated by the differences - the Skylark is considerably longer, and has a many scenes cut from the final novel - but overall I recall them being very much the same novel. But I can't remember specifics; it was years ago that I read them, and I'm an old man.


Congrats for the supernice The Skylark !!!

Thanks, Frank. I kind of love it.


Man, what an amazing collection you have. And that Straub - so cool. Doin the Aussie ex-pats proud ;)

Heh, thanks, peri. Appreciate it.


And of course much love for Peter Straub :)

I haven't read The Skylark/A Dark Matter, though, I'll admit. There are a few Straub books I have yet to pick up, but, like King (though to a smaller degree), he has a number of books that are SO GOOD that I always hesitate to read a new book instead of rereading one of the classics.

Yes, I love me some Straub. The Tim Underhill novels (Koko, Mystery, The Throat, lost boy lost girl, and In the Night Room) are all fantastic. I also like his shorter work, although it can be a little uneven. I particularly like the shorter works associated with the Blue Rose novels. His prose is somehow intriguingly unusual, yet very clear and readable.

I have yet to go back and read some of his very early novels, and there are a couple of novels after The Throat that I need to get to.

Hunchback Jack
09-06-2018, 02:47 PM
The SubPress Lettered edition of Kushiel's Chosen:

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This is a true (Q) Lettered copy, matching my copy of Kushiel's Dart. Most of my lettered editions are PC copies; this is one of my only matching lettered sets.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
09-19-2018, 04:55 PM
A PC copy of the SubPress Lettered edition of The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi:

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This is a sequel (of sorts) to Ship Breaker, and the lettered editions are similar. Leather-bound covers, two-color printing throughout, high quality paper stock. A very nice edition.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
09-25-2018, 10:57 AM
The lettered, numbered, and trade editions of The Listener by Robert McCammon, from Cemetery Dance:

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The editions all have very similar covers, but differ in cover material, endpapers, frontispiece and paper quality.

HBJ

Brian861
09-25-2018, 11:02 AM
Nice, Peter!

PennyUnwise
09-25-2018, 11:03 AM
Really neat to see all three together. I have the lettered, but I must say I love the clean white look of the trade.

Hunchback Jack
09-26-2018, 09:46 AM
Nice, Peter!

Thanks, Brian.


Really neat to see all three together. I have the lettered, but I must say I love the clean white look of the trade.

I like them all in different ways. The numbered and trade editions are still available from CD.

The next few posts will be of some recent acquisitions from a member here - including two grails of mine.

HBJ

PennyUnwise
09-26-2018, 10:20 AM
I'll congratulate you on Drood "P" beforehand as I feel that's one of them. If not, keep looking hard!

Hunchback Jack
10-08-2018, 10:51 PM
A PC copy of the SubPress Lettered Edition of Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson:

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As usual, my photos don't do this volume justice. The brown embossed leather on the volume and traycase is silky smooth and gorgeous.

(Thanks very much to a member here for the opportunity to acquire this gem)

HBJ

vincent
10-08-2018, 11:21 PM
Wow that's a beautiful edition of a brilliant book, congrats!

Stockerlone
10-09-2018, 10:05 AM
B E A U T I F U L !!!

MikeDuke
10-09-2018, 10:47 AM
Man, these books are amazing. I wish I knew who to take a chance on and see if I like them.

Hunchback Jack
10-09-2018, 06:30 PM
Wow that's a beautiful edition of a brilliant book, congrats!

Thanks, Vincent. Yes, I really like Cryptonomicon, and this edition really blew my mind when I saw it. I wish someone would make a really nice edition of the related Baroque Cycle (my favourite of Stephenson's)


B E A U T I F U L !!!

Thanks, Frank. I love it, too.


Man, these books are amazing. I wish I knew who to take a chance on and see if I like them.

Thanks, Mike. If you like King, I would try McCammon or Simmons. They write good stories and have some very nice limiteds from SubPress.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
10-09-2018, 06:39 PM
It's hard to describe how thrilled I am to finally have this volume on my shelves. This is a favourite novel of mine, and this incredible edition has been on my Grail list for a long, long time. Thanks to a member here, it's now in my collection.

This is the SubPress Lettered edition of Drood, by Dan Simmons.

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This edition has a cloth and leather traycase, and the volume has leather- and Japanese silk-covered boards. Wonderful heavy paper stock. This copy is a true lettered edition (P).

I could stop collecting today, and be happy with this volume in my collection. (But I won't stop :) )

HBJ

Brian861
10-09-2018, 10:43 PM
That's a beautiful edition, Peter. Congrats!

Father Cody
10-10-2018, 06:13 AM
Elegant. Nice add, Peter.

St. Troy
10-10-2018, 06:33 AM
SP does some nice work.

MikeDuke
10-10-2018, 06:55 AM
Glad you got one you were really looking for. Just about all of the ones by those authors are sold out so I would have to be brave and do eBay. Need to think about that but thanks. And again, good going.

ym2000
10-14-2018, 03:22 AM
Congratulations on Stephenson and Drood. Both beautiful books and quite rare - Stephenson especially.
I came across several Droods but was not happy with condition so Im glad you got a very nice copy - is it Pekka's ? In my opinion one of the finest bindings and traycase presentation is my absolute favorite.
Just speculation of course but Im hoping Bill would publish either REAMDE or Seveneves.

Hunchback Jack
10-15-2018, 10:43 AM
That's a beautiful edition, Peter. Congrats!

Thanks, Brian. Yes, this is one of the "premier" lettered editions that SubPress were doing around 2010. Just great stuff.


Elegant. Nice add, Peter.

Thanks, Adam.


SP does some nice work.

They do indeed. This is one of my favourite volume of theirs.


Glad you got one you were really looking for. Just about all of the ones by those authors are sold out so I would have to be brave and do eBay. Need to think about that but thanks. And again, good going.

Thanks, Mike.


Congratulations on Stephenson and Drood. Both beautiful books and quite rare - Stephenson especially.
I came across several Droods but was not happy with condition so Im glad you got a very nice copy - is it Pekka's ? In my opinion one of the finest bindings and traycase presentation is my absolute favorite.
Just speculation of course but Im hoping Bill would publish either REAMDE or Seveneves.

Thanks, Yegor. Both Stephenson and Simmons are from Pekka. The Drood traycase has one dinged corner - mostly hidden in my photos, above :) - but the book looks like it's barely been handled, much less read. I'm very happy with it.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
10-20-2018, 09:37 PM
Three recently acquired McCammon SubPress Lettered Editions: The Five, They Thirst, and Boy's Life

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Boy's Life is a true Lettered ('P') edition, and has been a long time Grail of mine. Thanks to a member here for making it available for purchase.

The Five and They Thirst are both PC copies.

HBJ

Father Cody
10-20-2018, 09:56 PM
Wow those are beauties! That edition of The Five is one of my favorite SubPress editions Iíve seen so far. Just something about it.

Brian861
10-21-2018, 01:36 AM
Congrats, Peter!

ym2000
10-21-2018, 02:44 AM
Congrats Peter! Subterranean has done absolutely marvelous job with McCammon - I was really shocked he left them. His books were given world class treatment as evident by your photos.
How are you keep finding these PC versions. 😊?

MikeDuke
10-21-2018, 07:18 AM
Those look awesome. Either I don't know how to look or something, but I never new Subpress had so many books. Congrats.

Hunchback Jack
10-21-2018, 12:54 PM
Wow those are beauties! That edition of The Five is one of my favorite SubPress editions Iíve seen so far. Just something about it.

Thanks, Adam. That was only the second McCammon book that SubPress did (Mister Slaughter being the first), and they were the original publisher - it was a new novel at the time. So they really gave it the five-star treatment.


Congrats, Peter!

Thanks, Brian!


Congrats Peter! Subterranean has done absolutely marvelous job with McCammon - I was really shocked he left them. His books were given world class treatment as evident by your photos.
How are you keep finding these PC versions. 😊?

I know exactly what you mean. The SubPress editions are the nicest editions of McCammons work, and among the nicest editions of SubPress's work. I was very dismayed when he left them to go elsewhere.


Those look awesome. Either I don't know how to look or something, but I never new Subpress had so many books. Congrats.

Thanks, Mike! SubPress have published many popular authors and wonderful editions over the years. Most of them are long out of print, though. But their website has an almost-complete record of every edition - including original cover price. A very handy resource when shopping on the secondary market.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
12-09-2018, 12:54 AM
I've been collecting signed UK trade editions lately, and I thought I'd post some pics of them here.

These are the Goldsboro signed numbered variant of the UK edition of Justin Cronin's Passage trilogy:

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The first volume is slipcased; the second and third are not, but have sprayed page edges. This is not a matching numbered set; I don't actually know if the publisher matched numbers for collectors. I bought these all from the same seller.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
12-09-2018, 12:58 AM
These are the Goldsboro signed numbered variant of the UK edition of Volumes 2 and 4 of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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These two volumes are matching, and I hope to find #172 of the other two volumes (as unlikely as that is).

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
12-09-2018, 01:03 AM
This is the Waterstones variant of the UK edition of The Labyrinth of Spirits, By Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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This edition is not numbered, but it is signed and has red sprayed edges (which is why I bought it).

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
12-09-2018, 05:16 AM
Nice, I especially like the Cronin volumes.

Brian861
12-09-2018, 11:39 AM
Nice, Peter! Of course I'm a fan of the sprayed edges as you know :). Someone told me Goldboro will match numbers if titles are preordered. Not an issue for me as I'm just after the sprayed edges. Folio does some sprayed edge stuff as well.

Lurker
12-09-2018, 12:36 PM
They do. I don't have the Passage - but I did get matching Twelve and Mirrors. Really don't know why...will probably sell them someday.

Hunchback Jack
12-12-2018, 04:57 PM
Nice, I especially like the Cronin volumes.

Thanks, Steve. They are really strong post-apocalyptic novels, in my opinion. These are simple but nice editions, and the sprayed edges are neat.

(I got these for a pretty good price too, which doesn't hurt) :)


Nice, Peter! Of course I'm a fan of the sprayed edges as you know :). Someone told me Goldboro will match numbers if titles are preordered. Not an issue for me as I'm just after the sprayed edges. Folio does some sprayed edge stuff as well.


They do. I don't have the Passage - but I did get matching Twelve and Mirrors. Really don't know why...will probably sell them someday.

Oh, thanks, guys. Good to know about the matching numbers. All my Goldsboro editions have been bought on the secondary market so far, but that may change is I can match numbers.

Stockerlone
12-13-2018, 07:19 AM
Supernice new books, BIG CONGRATS !!!

MikeDuke
12-13-2018, 07:22 AM
Very nice new books Peter. Very nice.

Hunchback Jack
12-15-2018, 10:57 PM
Supernice new books, BIG CONGRATS !!!


Very nice new books Peter. Very nice.

Thanks, guys! It's a great series, and I like having signed copies. SubPress are doing limited and lettered editions the final volume next year, and I'll be getting that as well.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
12-15-2018, 11:05 PM
This is the lettered edition of The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, from Subterranean Press:

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This is a PC copy, but it's identical to a true Lettered copy. It's a nice edition, and the book itself is a Hugo winner. I hope to pick up PC copies of the other two in the series.

HBJ

peripheral
12-15-2018, 11:15 PM
I read that Zafon series 2 years back - there were peaks and troughs but overall, I enjoyed them very much. Iíd be interested to see what the latest book is like. Theyíre beautiful looking editions - nice!

ur2ndbiggestfan
12-16-2018, 04:20 AM
And your copy has TWO letters! Wow!

ym2000
12-16-2018, 04:26 AM
LOL
And your copy has TWO letters! Wow!

ym2000
12-16-2018, 04:28 AM
How do you keep finding these PC versions? If its not a secret. I saw Red Rising PC sold on eBay for example - I have never seen one anywhere before that.

Hunchback Jack
12-16-2018, 11:11 AM
Yegor, this year I was able to pick up PC Lettered copies from the SubPress PC sale back in April, and from Bill Schafer selling his personal copies through Camelot Books. For the rest, its been through eBay, Camelot, ABE and online communities.

So, no secrets; I wish I could say I was a personal friend of Bill Schafer, and he was sending me these PC copies as gifts ... but it ain't so. :)

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
01-02-2019, 04:26 PM
I read that Zafon series 2 years back - there were peaks and troughs but overall, I enjoyed them very much. Iíd be interested to see what the latest book is like. Theyíre beautiful looking editions - nice!

Antoni, I enjoyed the series immensely. The second, particularly, I thought was fantastic for reasons I won't spoil. I think a lot of the appeal for me is the prose itself; the plot is a little meandering at times, but I like that sort of thing. I also listened to audiobooks for the series, which benefit from excellent narrators.


And your copy has TWO letters! Wow!

:D That's not how that works.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
01-02-2019, 07:07 PM
The ARC of The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson, by Suntup Editions:

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The ARC contains the same two-color printing, and black and white illustrations, of the numbered edition. The ARC cover is actually a pale green, despite looking pale blue or white in many of the photos.

I won this ARC during the live FB stream that Paul did late last year. I couldn't be more thrilled.

ur2ndbiggestfan
01-02-2019, 07:10 PM
Very nice, you lucky dog!
And such crystal clear pictures!

Hunchback Jack
01-02-2019, 07:15 PM
The Numbered Edition of The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson, from Suntup Editions, with planchette:

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HBJ

Brian861
01-03-2019, 02:12 AM
Very cool, Peter! It's awesome how well the books are packaged.

MikeDuke
01-03-2019, 11:55 AM
Very nice Peter. And I agree with Brian that the packaging is well done.

Stockerlone
01-07-2019, 09:49 AM
SUPERNICE !!!

Hunchback Jack
01-07-2019, 01:46 PM
Very cool, Peter! It's awesome how well the books are packaged.

Thanks, Brian. As is often noted, Paul and team do a uniquely great packaging job. I don't know of another publisher (yet!) that uses molded foam. It sure does keep our treasures safe.


Very nice Peter. And I agree with Brian that the packaging is well done.

Thanks, Mike. Its a privilege sharing the non-King car of the Suntup train with ya! :)


SUPERNICE !!!

Thanks, Frank. There are not enough superlatives when it comes to Suntup Editions!

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
01-28-2019, 05:28 PM
A small purchase that only has significance because I want to read this novel so badly :) .

The ARC of The War Within by Stephen R Donaldson. To be published in April 2019.

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HBJ

Hunchback Jack
01-28-2019, 05:43 PM
Two signed UK editions of The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafůn:

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This is the Waterstones signed and slipcased edition, limited to 1000 copies:
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This is something I haven't seen before. The publisher release a signed hardcover preview edition, limited to 100 copies.
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Despite being signed and limited, neither of these editions is particularly hard to find. There are a lot of different signed UK editions of this title, and many signed trade editions as well, so it's pretty easy to get a signed copy without paying too much.

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
01-28-2019, 08:33 PM
Nice new stuff. It's good to have one of just 100 copies, isn't it?

I really like that Donaldson used 'dreamed' instead of 'dreamt'. I don't know why, but that bugs me.

Oh wait, I do know why...I'm weird.

Hunchback Jack
02-08-2019, 04:00 PM
Thanks to a member here, I now have a complete set of the lettered SubPress editions of The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin:

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The first volume is a PC copy, the second and third volumes are letter "AA".

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
02-08-2019, 07:04 PM
One more A and you can get free towing.

Seriously though - very nice books!

Brian861
02-08-2019, 10:39 PM
Very nice, Peter. Congrats!

ym2000
02-09-2019, 02:42 AM
Congratulations my friend - beautiful set!
At one point I wanted to get that Angels Game numbered as well - as its pretty cool edition.

Stockerlone
02-09-2019, 10:07 AM
Beautiful new books, BIG CONGRATS !!!

Sulla
02-09-2019, 08:48 PM
Congratulations, Peter!

Hunchback Jack
02-11-2019, 04:22 PM
Nice new stuff. It's good to have one of just 100 copies, isn't it?

Thanks, Steve. Yes, the low limitation was a definite factor in getting the book, as well as just the uniqueness of having a signed limited proof edition, which I'd never seen before.


One more A and you can get free towing.

Seriously though - very nice books!

HA HA HA!! Thank you!


Very nice, Peter. Congrats!

Thanks, Brian!


Congratulations my friend - beautiful set!
At one point I wanted to get that Angels Game numbered as well - as its pretty cool edition.

Thanks, Yegor. I had planned to pass on the Jemisin set originally ... and then I read the first volume, and decided it was "lettered-worthy" :) . I got the PC copy of volume 1 for an absolute steal, and a member here offered vols 2 and 3 for a very fair price. Very pleased, overall.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what SubPress does with the Cixin Liu series.


Beautiful new books, BIG CONGRATS !!!

Thanks, Frank!


Congratulations, Peter!

Thanks very much, Ralph! I really like them.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
04-22-2019, 10:16 PM
A signed trade copy of Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon, from the Alabama Booksmith:

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I'm pretty thrilled to get this today. Not only is it a week before the official release date, but the signed postcard has the same number as my signed limited copy from CD.

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
04-23-2019, 05:20 AM
I've still never read McCammon, but it's a good looking book.

Brian861
04-23-2019, 10:01 AM
Congrats, Peter!

Hunchback Jack
05-01-2019, 09:58 AM
I've still never read McCammon, but it's a good looking book.

His Matthew Corbett series (of which this is the seventh volume) is well worth your time. Beautifully written, a wonderful sense of time and place, great characters, suspenseful story. Would highly recommend.


Congrats, Peter!

Thanks, Brian. I also have some limited editions of the book coming, but even this signed trade is quite nice indeed.

HBJ

The_Antiquarian
05-04-2019, 04:20 PM
Congratulations on the new acquisition!

Hunchback Jack
05-08-2019, 10:17 AM
Congratulations on the new acquisition!

Thanks very much!

Hunchback Jack
05-08-2019, 10:21 AM
No new acquisitions, but I Took some photos of my Peter Straub collection, and I thought I'd share.

Signed Limited:
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Lettered:
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I'm looking for the lettered of lost boy lost girl, from Borderland Press, so PM me if you have one to sell or can help.

HBJ

St. Troy
05-08-2019, 10:44 AM
Nice Straubs.

Here's hoping someone (Suntup? CD?) cranks out an edition of Ghost Story or Shadowland at some point.

ur2ndbiggestfan
05-08-2019, 11:09 AM
Wow, nice.
I think I even read two of those. GHOST STORY and THE BALLAD OF, etc.

Stockerlone
05-16-2019, 08:46 AM
Supernice Peter Straub collection !!!

peripheral
05-16-2019, 10:34 AM
Holy hell - thatís some straub goodness right there..!

Hunchback Jack
05-16-2019, 12:14 PM
Nice Straubs.

Here's hoping someone (Suntup? CD?) cranks out an edition of Ghost Story or Shadowland at some point.

Thanks! Agreed. Or maybe Mystery, which doesn't have an S/L edition yet. I would throw all sorts of money at Paul if he did an edition of Mystery.


Wow, nice.
I think I even read two of those. GHOST STORY and THE BALLAD OF, etc.

Thanks, Steve. I like Straub's work a great deal. There are still some I haven't read, but I'm gradually getting through them.


Supernice Peter Straub collection !!!

Thanks, Frank. I am not a completist by any means - there are a LOT of signed editions of Straub's work - but I've gradually been adding to this collection over the past 10 years.


Holy hell - thatís some straub goodness right there..!

Thanks, Antoni. You collect him as well, right? I'd love to see your collection, if so.

HBJ

St. Troy
05-17-2019, 08:44 AM
...Or maybe Mystery, which doesn't have an S/L edition yet. I would throw all sorts of money at Paul if he did an edition of Mystery.

Would he need to do Koko first? I think I heard that Mystery is the second in the trilogy begun by Koko, but I haven't read them (I'm getting there!) and I don't know if they are tightly connected.

Hunchback Jack
05-17-2019, 02:48 PM
...Or maybe Mystery, which doesn't have an S/L edition yet. I would throw all sorts of money at Paul if he did an edition of Mystery.

Would he need to do Koko first? I think I heard that Mystery is the second in the trilogy begun by Koko, but I haven't read them (I'm getting there!) and I don't know if they are tightly connected.

Mystery is the second of a trilogy (with Koko preceding it, and The Throat following it), but they are pretty loosely connected, and work as standalone novels. In fact, the S/Ls of Koko and The Throat already come from different publishers (CP and Borderlands, respectively), so I don't think having a Suntup edition of just Mystery would be unattractive to collectors.

Of course, if Paul wanted to release the whole trilogy, I'd be the last person on Earth to object.

ETA: I should add that the three "Blue Rose" novels mentioned above are not a trilogy in any conventional narrative sense. They share characters of the same name, but on different narrative planes of existence. The three novels form part of a larger metafictional framework (which includes some related short stories and novellas) in which Straub envisions specific parts of his work to be fiction written by one of his characters.

This might sound trite or pretentious, but it's far from it. Reading later novels is like looking at the earlier ones reflected in a broken mirror, where characters, plot points and themes are revisited in distorted or transformed ways.

HBJ

St. Troy
05-17-2019, 04:05 PM
...I should add that the three "Blue Rose" novels mentioned above are not a trilogy in any conventional narrative sense. They share characters of the same name, but on different narrative planes of existence. The three novels form part of a larger metafictional framework (which includes some related short stories and novellas) in which Straub envisions specific parts of his work to be fiction written by one of his characters.

This might sound trite or pretentious, but it's far from it. Reading later novels is like looking at the earlier ones reflected in a broken mirror, where characters, plot points and themes are revisited in distorted or transformed ways.

Sounds a bit like some of what King did in DT; I'm curious to see how Straub did with it.

Hunchback Jack
05-17-2019, 11:16 PM
Kind of, but not really. The different levels of his metafiction don't interact; there is no metaverse with different levels of existence. It's more like he is revisiting ideas and themes using different versions of the same characters. Each book stands alone, but reading all three in order is very intriguing.

St. Troy
05-18-2019, 05:06 AM
...The different levels of his metafiction don't interact; there is no metaverse with different levels of existence. It's more like he is revisiting ideas and themes using different versions of the same characters. Each book stands alone, but reading all three in order is very intriguing.

This sounds like it begs for a trilogy with art (cover, slipcase, illustrations) following the same pattern of repeated but varied themes. In the right hands, that could be a remarkable set (now I just have to go read the books).

Hunchback Jack
06-01-2019, 12:51 PM
The signed limited U.K. edition of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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This edition is not particularly rare, with a publication run of 1000. But I believe it's the only UK S/L edition of this book, and I was looking for one to "complete" my Zafon set.

I took a chance on a somewhat vague listing and got it for an absolute steal. It's not in perfect shape - the book has one small ding to a corner, and the slipcase has some minor wear on the corners - but it'll do very nicely

I now have U.K. S/Ls of all four volumes of Zafon's Cemetery of Forgotten Books. However, I'm not sure whether I have all the U.K. S/L editions that exist for these books. Some were published by arrangement with multiple booksellers - Goldsboro and Waterstones, at least - each with its own stated limitation. I don't think any bookseller published all four in a limited edition, and the publisher themselves did not either.

So it's a bit hard to know what a "complete set" really means. But I think I'm done.

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
06-01-2019, 01:11 PM
Ah ain't not never heerd tell o' this guy, but that's a nice looking book.

St. Troy
06-01-2019, 02:52 PM
Very nice design.

Brian861
06-02-2019, 12:27 AM
That's pretty freakin' cool, man!

Stockerlone
06-03-2019, 08:40 AM
Veryverynice, CONGRATS !!!

Sulla
06-04-2019, 12:37 AM
It looks very nice!

peripheral
06-04-2019, 12:45 AM
That's a great looking edition. I read the first three volumes of this series (I think there's a fourteen?). I really enjoyed it but I think it was the second one that fell flat for me?

Hunchback Jack
06-04-2019, 05:04 PM
Ah ain't not never heerd tell o' this guy, but that's a nice looking book.

Thanks, Steve. I recommend Zafon. He has a leisurely pace, but is prose is fantastic (which is a credit to his translator as well as to author)


Very nice design.


That's pretty freakin' cool, man!


Veryverynice, CONGRATS !!!


It looks very nice!

Thanks, guys. It's a bit nicer than the trade edition without being quite the quality of a limited small press edition. Much of the "edgewear" you see is the illustration printed on the book; it's in very nice condition.


That's a great looking edition. I read the first three volumes of this series (I think there's a fourteen?). I really enjoyed it but I think it was the second one that fell flat for me?

I have also not yet read volume 4; I hope to do that in a month or two. I must say that volume 2 - "The Angel's Game" - was actually my favourite of the first three - for reasons I can't go into without massive spoilers.

Garrell
06-06-2019, 02:40 PM
That is absolutely SWEET looking!!!!!

Hunchback Jack
07-10-2019, 10:23 PM
I've been collecting these for a while, and just completed the set. These are Deluxe Trade hardcover editions of Tolkien's works, published by HarperCollins in the U.K. :
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These editions aren't signed or numbered, and are relatively modestly priced - particularly the later printings, which most of these copies are. But they have some nice design details on slipcase and boards, are printed on heavier paper stock, and have a higher quality binding and ribbon bookmark. Very nice editions.

HarperCollins have a few different slipcased editions of Tolkien's works, and so I'm not entirely sure if there are others in this particular set. There is a deluxe version of the three-volume History of Middle Earth, published in 2017, which may be part of this set, but it's almost identical to the standard three-volume set published in 2005, so I'm not sure it's really considered "deluxe". Or, at least, deluxe enough for me to buy, given that I have the 2005 set (and a few others besides).

Other editions of these books tend to be fancier, having leather spines, gilt pages or artist signatures. This set contains volumes that are simple enough to be enjoyed as reading copies.

HBJ

kingfan2323
07-10-2019, 11:26 PM
Nice looking set, Sir!

seeking: ANYTHING DT related #246
Ready Plyer One Sub Press S/L

Brian861
07-10-2019, 11:59 PM
Very nice, Peter!

ur2ndbiggestfan
07-11-2019, 03:19 AM
I think they look great. Tolkien wrote more than I thought.

Lurker
07-11-2019, 03:45 AM
Yes, but do you really think it is ever complete (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Father-Christmas-J-Tolkien/dp/0008327726/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=B9E8965PJVQDXMKSGJ2J)? HA!

MikeDuke
07-11-2019, 04:56 AM
Nice Tolkien. Maybe one day I will try to get a complete set. I would love to read his stuff.

Sulla
07-11-2019, 11:41 PM
It looks very nice, Peter!

Hunchback Jack
07-15-2019, 03:41 PM
Nice looking set, Sir!

Thank you! Most were not that hard to find - later printings are still available new - but some look a bit of hunting.


Very nice, Peter!

Thank you, Brian.


I think they look great. Tolkien wrote more than I thought.

He wrote a lot more than was published in his lifetime. He spent literally decades working on the "Elder Tales" of Middle Earth - set in the "First Age" of its history - and trying to make those tales consistent with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (set in the Third Age). The Silmarillion contains short forms of those tales, and many of the other books contain longer versions of them - in multiple, unfinished versions.

The posthumous volumes were edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, who also provided extensive commentary and analysis of the texts. He is the literary executor of the Tolkien estate and, in that role, is responsible for organizing and publishing his father's works as he sees fit.


Yes, but do you really think it is ever complete (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Father-Christmas-J-Tolkien/dp/0008327726/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=B9E8965PJVQDXMKSGJ2J)? HA!

:D Thanks for the heads up. I hadn't heard about this volume, and will certainly get it once published, if it is in this set.


Nice Tolkien. Maybe one day I will try to get a complete set. I would love to read his stuff.

If you are more interested in the stories themselves, and less interested in the literary analysis of how his work evolved over time, I would recommend:
- The Hobbit (a children's book, so keep that in mind)
- The Lord of the Rings (famous, wonderful, but challenging)
- The Silmarillion (tales from Middle-Earth's history long before the events of Lord of the Rings; even more challenging)
- Tales from the Perilous Realm (short stories, some from Middle-Earth, some not)
- The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, The Fall of Gondolin (expanded versions of three key tales from The Silmarillion, with some commentary)


It looks very nice, Peter!

Thanks! The set looks great on the shelf, and the books are quite a bit nicer than standard trade editions - but not so nice that you feel reluctant to actually read them.

HBJ

Garrell
07-15-2019, 06:39 PM
Very pretty set of books

Hunchback Jack
07-15-2019, 07:18 PM
Very pretty set of books

Thanks, Garrell; I like them, too.

Hunchback Jack
07-17-2019, 02:54 PM
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Incidentally, the printings I have of this series are:

The Hobbit: unspecified
Lord of the Rings: 11th
The Silmarillion: 6th
Unfinished Tales: 5th
The Children of Hķrin: 6th
Tales from the Perilous Realm: 3rd
Sigurd and Gudrķn: 3rd
The Fall of Arthur: 2nd
Beowulf: 1st
The Story of Kullervo: 1st
Beren and Lķthien: 3rd
The Fall of Gondolin: 1st


First printings - particularly of the earlier volumes in the series - are collectible and usually sell for a premium. They tend to be a bit nicer too - later printings are done by a cheaper manufacturer, and lack attention to detail.

For example, you'll notice that the spine text on The Fall of Arthur is set higher on the spine than the titles on the other volumes. Apparently that is because it's a second printing - first printings do line up. Beren and Luthien, a third printing, has a similar problem.

HBJ

ur2ndbiggestfan
07-17-2019, 03:42 PM
Nice. I've read the first three, and that's it.

Stockerlone
07-18-2019, 07:37 AM
VERYVERYNICE !!!

Munnecom
07-18-2019, 10:55 AM
First printings - particularly of the earlier volumes in the series - are collectible and usually sell for a premium. They tend to be a bit nicer too - later printings are done by a cheaper manufacturer, and lack attention to detail.

For example, you'll notice that the spine text on The Fall of Arthur is set higher on the spine than the titles on the other volumes. Apparently that is because it's a second printing - first printings do line up. Beren and Luthien, a third printing, has a similar problem.

HBJ

What kind of BS is that? How is that acceptable?

St. Troy
07-18-2019, 11:39 AM
What kind of BS is that? How is that acceptable?

Because HC is a generic publisher, not a small/specialty one; because it isn't an official "series" in the sense we understand it, where each book in a series owes something to the books before it, design-wise; and because these are basically just nicer versions of pretty ordinary books.

Don't get me wrong - I've been lusting after these books from afar and hope to one day buy some - but you need to know what they are and aren't before going in.

Hunchback Jack
07-18-2019, 04:32 PM
What kind of BS is that? How is that acceptable?

Because HC is a generic publisher, not a small/specialty one; because it isn't an official "series" in the sense we understand it, where each book in a series owes something to the books before it, design-wise; and because these are basically just nicer versions of pretty ordinary books.

Pretty much exactly this.

However, I do think that HarperCollins *intends* these books to be a proper series, and they do carry design elements across all the volumes. But that doesn't always translate when they outsource production to different printers and binders, and (unlike a small press) they don't care enough to fix it when variations happen. Having said that, the third printing of The Fall of Arthur will supposedly fix the spine text misalignment.

(I should stress that I care about the later-printing mistakes not at all, and feel no need to replace the printings I have with first printings. Some collectors do, and that's cool, but I'm totally happy will getting later printings at lower prices.)


Don't get me wrong - I've been lusting after these books from afar and hope to one day buy some - but you need to know what they are and aren't before going in.

Exactly. And I've tried to be clear about what they are - fancy trade editions that are affordable enough to be enjoyed as reading copies. And they are "deluxe" enough to scratch my book lover's itch.

HBJ

Lurker
07-19-2019, 01:24 PM
I had to go look at my handful after the title matching being mentioned. My Children of Hurin goes down the spine, guess I got an American print in there. Don't know how many American ones came out. Also looked up Christopher Tolkien and did not realize he is 94. Who will carry on?!

Hunchback Jack
07-30-2019, 02:33 PM
I had to go look at my handful after the title matching being mentioned. My Children of Hurin goes down the spine, guess I got an American print in there. Don't know how many American ones came out. Also looked up Christopher Tolkien and did not realize he is 94. Who will carry on?!

That does sound different from the editions I have. Maybe Houghton-Mifflin? And yes, Christopher Tolkien has hung up his cap as literary executor (as of The Fall of Gondolin), it's hard to say who will take up the mantle. It may be a committee of various grandchildren.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
07-30-2019, 02:40 PM
I have been holding back on collecting this year, partly to recover from over-purchasing over the holidays, and partly to save up so that I could buy a Grail item if one came along.

Well, it paid off. In the past week or so, THREE much-wanted items - one a Grail item - appeared on the market, and after a bit of bargaining with the sellers, I was able to purchase them. One I already have; two are still on the way. I'll post pics when they all arrive.

HBJ

MikeDuke
08-01-2019, 11:15 AM
I have been holding back on collecting this year, partly to recover from over-purchasing over the holidays, and partly to save up so that I could buy a Grail item if one came along.

Well, it paid off. In the past week or so, THREE much-wanted items - one a Grail item - appeared on the market, and after a bit of bargaining with the sellers, I was able to purchase them. One I already have; two are still on the way. I'll post pics when they all arrive.

HBJ
That's awesome. I can't wait to see what you got.

Hunchback Jack
08-20-2019, 04:26 PM
The Lettered Edition of lost boy lost girl, by Peter Straub, from Borderlands Press (shown with In the Night Room Lettered edition - see below).

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Lost boy lost girl and In the Night Room are companion volumes in a sense, and Borderlands gave them a similar look. You can find matching pairs of the numbered edition for sale for quite reasonable prices, but the lettered editions appear almost never. I've had Night Room on my shelves for a while, waiting for its mate. Now they are united.

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-20-2019, 04:29 PM
The Lettered edition of 5 Stories by Peter Straub, from Borderlands Press:

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The 5 Stories lettered edition is a gorgeous volume that I've never seen before. The marbled cloth and leather bound covers are amazing.

HBJ

Garrell
08-20-2019, 04:37 PM
The 5 Stories is beautiful, love the other 2 also

ur2ndbiggestfan
08-20-2019, 06:12 PM
Peter Straub...Peter Straub...that name is so familiar...

Nice books!

Brian861
08-20-2019, 10:08 PM
Peter Straub...Peter Straub...that name is so familiar...

Nice books!

Wasn't he a character in a King novel :orely:

Love the marbling.

Stockerlone
08-20-2019, 11:38 PM
Superbeautiful new Peter Straub books, BIG CONGRATS !!!

St. Troy
08-21-2019, 09:22 AM
Mighty nice Straubs.

[...waits patiently, or impatiently, for someone to do justice to Shadowland...]

MikeDuke
08-21-2019, 09:27 AM
Some good stuff there Peter. They all look really nice. Congrats

lotuz
08-21-2019, 02:54 PM
The 5 Stories is beautiful, love the other 2 also

This, exactly!

Hunchback Jack
08-21-2019, 03:41 PM
The 5 Stories is beautiful, love the other 2 also

Yes, I agree. The lost boy lost girl and Night Room volumes have nice covers and endpapers, but are a bit on the plain side. 5 Stories is another matter - the covers and binding are beautiful.

(I should say that I really liked the lblg and ItNR novels - very interesting and intertwining narratives. Really thrilled to have the lattered editions of both)


Peter Straub...Peter Straub...that name is so familiar...

Nice books!

Thanks, Steve. :D



Peter Straub...Peter Straub...that name is so familiar...

Nice books!

Wasn't he a character in a King novel :orely:

Love the marbling.

So do I, Brian. The photos don't do it justice - the endpapers and 5 Stories covers are just fantastic.


Superbeautiful new Peter Straub books, BIG CONGRATS !!!

Thanks very much, Frank!


Mighty nice Straubs.

[...waits patiently, or impatiently, for someone to do justice to Shadowland...]

The Gauntlet Press one is quite nice, but I agree - I'd like to see a fancier edition. Mystery has not had any S/L treatment, either.


Some good stuff there Peter. They all look really nice. Congrats

Thanks, Mike, I appreciate it.



The 5 Stories is beautiful, love the other 2 also

This, exactly!

I can only agree again!

HBJ

Hunchback Jack
08-22-2019, 03:05 PM
The Signed Numbered edition of Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon, from Cemetery Dance:

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A gorgeous edition; CD did a great job on this title. Slipcase materials and quality are beautiful, and the matching boards of the book itself are a beautiful touch. (And they do match; they look different in the photos because they are catching the light at different angles).

I can't wait to see the Lettered edition.

HBJ

The Library Policeman
08-22-2019, 03:42 PM
Very nice indeed, Peter. Congratulations!

ur2ndbiggestfan
08-22-2019, 07:16 PM
I assume the Cardinal is not a nice guy?