I am a
horder collector of books.
Well… the first step to getting better is to acknowledge the problem, right? Ha ha, I kid. I don’t have a problem.
If you don’t know it already, then one of my favourite fantasies is the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, and I totally know I’m not alone there. What you might not know, though, is that I’m also an avid collector of books. I’m sure that most people are fine with buying one edition of the book. But me? NOPE. I need them ALL. And lately, I’ve been looking for certain editions of these book.
There’s only one problem.
They’re not actually being printed more… in the covers I like. There are new cover editions coming out all the time — there’s the recent ones (which I still do love, and although there are no pictures here I own them; in fact, they were the edition I first read them in) and then there are the even more recent ones. You know — these ones. And of course there are the TV tie-in ones… but let’s not talk about them.
If they’re not in print, where do you get them?
Online, secondhand bookshops, op-shops, etc. There is one problem with this though, and that’s that they’re not all that common. I’ve been searching for them ever since last year sometime, and I still don’t have complete sets in the ones I’m looking for. (I WILL get there, godamnit, I’m so close.)
You might be wondering why I’m interested in collecting the older editions. Well…
- They have more CHARACTER. The newer ones are pretty, I know, but there’s just something so ENCHANTING about the older editions. The new ones just look — dare I say it? — a touch generic.
- They’re often well-worn. I love collecting old, well-loved books. It’s pretty cooling knowing that someone out there has read and loved them as much as I do.
And thus, I introduce you to my glorious A Song of Ice and Fire editions.
NOTE: I’m not 100% sure that I’ve gotten the pub. dates correct. If I haven’t, feel free to correct me.
From bottom to top — A Storm of Swords: Published by Voyager (August 10th 2000) | A Game of Thrones: Published by Bantam / Spectrum (1996) | A Game of Thrones: Published by Bantam (March 4th 2011) | A Clash of Kings: Published by Voyager (1999) | A Clash of Kings: Published by Bantam Spectra (February 2nd 1999) | A Storm of Swords: Blood & Gold: Published by Voyager (2000) |
Aaaaand, a collection of my favourite images of these books I’ve taken: