Details about Jack Vance Integral Edition VIE - 44 Volumes+ EQ Volume-Signed,
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Mar 19, 2013 18:47:27 PDT
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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1st Edition, Illustrated, Signed
For sale: a complete, signed, numbered Readers Edition of the
Vance Integral Edition / VIE
Jack Vance, though largely unrecognized, is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He is the author of many stories and over 60 novels in the Science Fiction and Mystery genres.
The Vance Integral Edition project published a complete, corrected and archival quality edition of all of Vance's work, under the aegis of the author himself. The project was begun in 1998 and gathered hundreds of Vance readers worldwide. The V.I.E. project was unprecedented in the history of literature: never have readers paid comparable homage to a writer, and never has a writer received such a treatment over the Internet.
The V.I.E. book set of 44 volumes was available by subscription only, in very limited editions. Each set contained 44 books, approximately seven and three quarter inches by five inches, of varying thicknesses. These books are printed on acid-free paper, bound by true Italian artisans and will last a lifetime. The Reader's Edition has volumes with banded leather bindings and paper boards. They are no longer for sale by VIE - the project has run its course and has no additional sets available. This set is one of two purchased by me by subscription directly from VIE. It is signed by Jack Vance, and is number 182 of three hundred signed and numbered copies. It has been kept in excellent storage conditions in the extremely sturdy original VIE packaging. The books are in almost new condition, most of them have not even been read, and they are packaged as were all the VIE books: each book in an individual paper wrapper, approximately six books per individual cardboard box, with four cardboard boxes per foam-lined shipping carton. The whole set ships in two cartons each 20x15x11 inches weighing approximately thirty pounds each.
At the end of the project, the editors obtained permission to publish an additional volume containing three mysteries written by Jack Vance and published under the Ellery Queen pseudonym. This extra volume is in the same style as the original set and it is also included in this auction.
This 44 volume hardcover set is in excellent condition. The first wave of the project was on my shelves for about two years and since then it has all been kept wrapped in original VIE packaging. Most volumes are still unread. The additional volume of Vance's Ellery Queen mysteries is in new condition - unread, kept in original wrapping.
There were only 300 signed original VIE Reader's Edition sets. This is a rare opportunity to obtain one in excellent condition, signed by Jack Vance himself.
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