SUBTERRANEAN STORM OF SWORDS AT PRINTER
July 19, 2006
The long-awaited illustrated limited edition of A STORM OF SWORDS is finally on its way. All the artwork is complete, the interior design has been finished and checked, and the book is in the hands of the printers. Bill Schafer of Subterranean expects the finished books to be completed in 4 to 5 weeks. After that there will be another 4 to 5 week wait while the slipcases are manufactured, so the book should ship in late August or early September.
Subterranean’s STORM OF SWORDS is the third in the series of limited editions originally begun by Meisha Merlin. Each of the books is lavishly illustrated, slipcased, and signed. The art for the Meisha Merlin editions of A GAME OF THRONES and A CLASH OF KINGS was done by Jeff Jones and John Howe, respectively. The spectacular artwork for A STORM OF SWORDS is by Charles Vess.
Because of the size of the book, the Subterranean edition will be issued in two volumes, each with its own gorgeous Vess cover. There will also be two full-color plates, and dozens of black-and-white interiors. The books will be available in two states: a deluxe numbered edition limited to 448 copies, and a superdeluxe lettered edition of 52 copies. Both versions will be autographed by author and artist. The lettered edition will also include remarques by Charles Vess.
Bill Schafer informs me that the lettered edition of A STORM OF SWORDS is sold out, although he is taking names for a waiting list in the event of cancellations. Copies are still available for the numbered edition, but those are going fast as well, and the book may well be sold out before publication. Subterranean has also purchased the remaining stock of the Meisha Merlin edition of A CLASH OF KINGS with its stunning John Howe artwork, and can provide matching numbers for collectors who purchase both CLASH and STORM. Purchasers will also receive first right of refusal on the rest of the series. Tom Canty has already begun work on the artwork for the Subterranean edition of A FEAST FOR CROWS, and Ted Nasmith has been signed to illustrate A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.