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First/Limited Edition and Signed Books!

Posted by tripsis, 01 April 2012 · 1,816 views

I've always LOVED books. But more than that, I love to own and collect books. As the years go by, I'm getting more and more interested in collecting signed/first edition books. I was having a little fun indexing some of my collection and thought I'd post here :P

A Game of Thrones - Advanced Reading Copy

Advanced reading copies are uncorrected proofs that are printed and privately released before the final book is published. They are for promotional purposes and often get sent to bookstores/newspapers/journalists/bloggers/etc. so the books can be reviewed and promoted by the time the final book is released. These are not intended to be sold and as such they're usually very scarce in numbers and usually have a very different style/layout/cover than the final published book, which makes them fun to collect :)

They also usually contain a few extra pages (or notes on the back) with interesting information about the promotional plans and publishing plans (such as how many books they intend to publish in the first printing, etc.).


It's actually a funny story how I came across this book. I went to buy a used copy of A Game of Thrones on Amazon.com. I clicked on the listing for the latest hardback edition (latest being about a year and a half ago) and bought a used one for $12. Instead, I received this edition, which was valued at about $100 at the time. One recently went for almost $500 on eBay :)

I did go see George R.R. Martin do a speaking/signing after I bought this book, but I didn't get this particular one signed (I did get A Dance with Dragons signed though!). Still kicking myself for that. I'll be trying to go to another one of his signings until I can get this signed!

A Clash of Kings - Advanced Reading Copy

[Photo coming soon]

After getting excited about the Game of Thrones ARC, I decided to scour eBay for another. That's how I came to get this one :) It's at my house in California though so I'll upload a photo next week when I fly back.

A Storm of Swords - First Edition (US)


A Feast For Crows - First Edition (UK), Signed


A Dance With Dragons - First Edition, Signed


The Lord of the Rings - 50th Anniversary Edition

Not my photo. I'll have to upload my own next week. But it shows the exact edition that I have.


Northern Lights - Signed Limited/Numbered Edition

3000 copies were made of this limited edition of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Each copy has been signed by the author.

[Photo coming soon]

The Subtle Knife - Advanced Reading Copy

This is an uncorrected proof for the second book in the His Dark Materials series. I only just ordered this book but it hasn't been delivered yet, so for now I'll post a photo I found online of the cover :)


The Subtle Knife - First Edition (UK), 1st or 2nd Impression

Now this one is very interesting.. and that's actually one of the reasons why I bought it :mrgreen: There was a misprint on the number line, which makes it impossible to be sure whether it is a first impression (printing) or second. The number line reads:

4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1

Normally how it works is that number lines start at 1 and go up to 10. For each new printing, the first number is removed. So a first impression would be:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

See Note

Then for the second impression you would take away the 1 so it would be:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Long story short - the lowest number shows you what print cycle number it is.

But going back to this particular book, you'll notice that the number order is 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. So it starts with 1 but there is no 2 whatsoever. So there is some debate as to whether or not this is the first impression or the second impression. Funky stuff. Either way, it's still pretty difficult to find earlier printings of Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife (UK editions), so I'm happy to have it :) Plus I find misprints to be kind of cool! As I said, that's one of the reasons why I specifically bought this book!

The book is currently sitting at my boyfriend's house, so once again, this isn't my photo. But it is a photo of the same edition.


The Art of God of War 3 - Limited Folio Edition

Okay it's probably silly of me to include this but I'm just so darn proud of it :P The reason it's silly for me to include it is because these editions haven't even sold out yet. Only 300 copies were made but they're still for sale. I guess that makes them less valuable. But they still have a really high price tag and it's an amazingly gorgeous book. So there you go.

This thing is like a bible.


More Coming Soon!

I have a lot more books at my house in California to sort though. I'm in the processing of indexing all my first editions and signed books so I'll definitely have a lot to add to this list. I just included the ones that I have with me in the UK, had photos of, or were more recently purchased.

Looks awesome Ashley!

I'm not really into collecting them, but I do enjoy old books :P I managed to get some books when I did an exchange in the UK, it's amazing what you can find in some of the shops there. Managed to get some first edition Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton's in good condition pretty cheap, since you're there now go book finding in some small country towns!

Looks awesome Ashley!

I'm not really into collecting them, but I do enjoy old books :P I managed to get some books when I did an exchange in the UK, it's amazing what you can find in some of the shops there. Managed to get some first edition Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton's in good condition pretty cheap, since you're there now go book finding in some small country towns!

Nice snag on those books! I love wandering around old book stores and just having a look at what's available. Roald Dahl was a huge part of my childhood :D I loved The Witches!

I agree that old books are really cool. I honestly like the look and feel of them. All of my old books are in California but I'll be posting photos of those when I go back this weekend :P I have some pretty cool old copies of Pride and Prejudice, Count of Monte Cristo, etc.

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About tripsis


I'm a 21 year old female splitting my time between California and the UK. I'm currently working toward a degree in Digital Arts in England. I enjoy a variety of hobbies including reading, web design, watching movies, playing games, digital painting, photography and learning new art crafts. For all of my digital painting I use PhotoShop CS5 and a medium Intuos 4 drawing tablet. I absolutely LOVE animals and have a five year old Applehead Siamese/Domestic Shorthair mix cat named Willow :) Eventually I'd love to get a Border Collie and a Rottweiler because they're the coolest!

I listen to a variety of music and therefore have many favourite bands, but just to name a few: Muse, Anna Nalick, Eminem (only Encore & The Eminem Show), Orianthi, Taylor Swift, Nickelback, Carrie Underwood, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I also watch many different kinds of movies. I like the romantic girlie movies as well as the more manly action/thriller movies :XD: Some of my favourites are 300, Pride & Prejudice, Moulin Rouge, The Boondock Saints, Shooter, Law Abiding Citizen, King Arthur, Star Wars, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Public Enemies, The Bourne series, Die Hard series, The Ugly Truth and others.

In the past I'd never watched much TV. I might watch an episode of CSI or House now and then, but I never got hooked on anything.. until I met Peter and he got me completely hooked on House AND Heroes. Who knows what's next on his list of "what to get Ashley addicted to."


I started playing RuneScape in around 2004. I have played off and on since joining, often taking months off at a time. My favourite skills are Construction, RuneCrafting and Farming.

I joined the Tip.it Forums in 2005. About a year after joining the Tip.it Forums I was invited to become a forum moderator. After a few months of moving up the moderator ranks, I became an administrator. I resigned from this post in mid-2008.


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