London: voyager, 1996-2011. First Edition. Hardcover. 5 vols. 1st editions. Near fine (1 faint crease, 1 small dent) in fine dustjackets, more satisfying than an unsolicited hug from a child. Vol. 5 is signed. Every book in the series that’s been published so far (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons). Near fine / near fine. Item #473
These precede Bantam’s U. S. editions, the lame placebos often sold as 1st editions, raising a query. What should you expect from your bookseller’s or auction house’s portrayal of a book? Well, the connection of description to book is like that of bikini to surfer girl. It should cover the requisite imperatives but leave little to the imagination. And many ABAA booksellers, and some outside ABAA, and some auctioneers too, do color within the lines, but the rest would be better engaged keeping rabbits, so you’d be judicious to test them. And how might I test them you inquire? The most thoughtful collectors ask the seller when they don’t know, and sometimes when they do (Book Code).
A cult of insatiable groupies waits on Martin’s rewrite of HBO’s ending.
Melisandre: “What do we say to the God of death?”
Arya: “Not today”.