Saturday, 9 July 2011

Alan Hollinghurst - The Stranger's Child limited editions

Further to my previous post, The Stranger’s Child has received very positive reviews, so I thought it would be of interest to provide some further information on the limited editions. There seem to be two of these in the UK. The first is a signed, numbered slipcased edition of 500 copies available exclusively from Goldsboro books. I have not seen this as yet, so I am not sure if it is the trade edition with a tipped in page in a slipcase, or if there is some other variation. I will provide an update on this when I have seen a copy*.

The second limited edition, which I have seen, is 40 leather bound copies (in green) from Colm Toibin’s Tuskar Rock press - signed, numbered, dated and in a slipcase which I think is linen. In addition, there are 10 hors de commerce copies. This is a beautiful though relatively expensive book, but is likely to be a good investment for a serious collector.

*I have now seen the Goldsboro Books limited edition - this is in a green board slipcase, with silver lettering to the front.  The book itself is in black boards and green endpapers without dustwrapper, and appears to the trade edition with a tipped in limitation page in front of the titlepage.  The numbering (out of 500) is on the limitation page, and Hollinghurst has signed to the title page in blue pen.


Ned said...

Hi, do you know how much are the 40 Edn selling for and where they could be brought from? Thanks

Trapnel said...

The 40 copy edition was around £300. Not sure if it has sold out. Worth trying the modern first dealers listed on my page - I would start with TmKC books for this.

Anonymous said...

Do you know whether the signed Waterstone's exclusive for currently £15 is just the regular book signed by the author or is it another edition? Thanks

Trapnel said...

Not sure about the Waterstone's edition, and unfortunately I am out of the UK so cannot check. Occasionally their special editions have some added material (for instance, the Simon Scarrow books), although this seems unlikely for a book like his. Best solution would be to call in and compare the signed and standard copies, or perhaps to phone them (although no guarantee of an accurate answer in this case!).