The HBO network television series A Game of Thrones is based on a sequence of novels by George R.R. Martin. With the series now boasting a huge cult following, first editions of the original books have considerable value. Which is all good news for dealer Simon Patterson of Hyraxia in Leeds who has in stock a first edition of book one in the series – published in 1996 when it cost £19.99. It will be priced at £495 at the annual Harrogate Book Fair held by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association at the Pavilions of Harrogate at the Yorkshire Showground on Friday and Saturday March 14 and 15.
Mr Patterson, who describes the book as a highlight of modern fantasy first editions, says: “A Game of Thrones has been collectable since it was first published, but saw a increase in value – from around £200 to as much as £1000 at one stage – with the success of the TV series. The first three books in the Song of Fire and Ice series are presented with stunning jacket artwork.” more