Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: The Collector's Edition
Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:11 PM
Edited by Ser Kennos of Kayce, 20 November 2012 - 02:13 PM.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:16 AM
Ive been a serious book collector for more than 4 decades and also have a background in publishing, printing, binding, typesetting, and the related graphic arts. I have to say this is a beautifully produced example of the collector's book-making art; I can highly recommend it for just its top-notch production qualities.
As noted in my previous post, your defective copy is commonly known in the book trade (especially among book printers and book binders) as a "Printer's 2nd" (a defective copy just like a Factory 2nd). I'd suggest you send your copy back to Amazon and get a replacement.
Unlike stamps or coins, these flawed copies have no collector's value because they've become all too common in large print-run editions produced via automated, high-speed printing and binding equipment. Usually less that 3% of the copies manufactured (of any given title) have binding and printing flaws; always check over the copies of all books bought for these kinds of defects--especially on fancy ($$$) gift/collector's editions like this one.
When the French language editions were being bound at the same time as the English editions, each volume's separate "book signatures" (unbound pages) obviously got co-mingled by mistake during the pre-binding, make-ready production stage, resulting in your "2nd." You can bet there are now some copies of the French edition with mis-bound English page signatures.
Edited by Ser Kennos of Kayce, 23 November 2012 - 12:40 PM.