Thursday, April 20, 2006

Collector's Spotlight: China Mieville

China Mieville is one of the most highly collectible authors writing in speculative fiction today. His fans are ravenous and his collectable editions are many. (maybe too many) Here is a basic guide to collecting his works.

In 1998, China Mieville came on the speculative fiction scene with his first novel, King Rat, to critical praise and commercial blah's. First published in the US in hardcover by TOR, King Rat was nominated for the International Horror and Bram Stoker awards. It won neither.

In 2000, his second novel, Perdido Street Station was published in the UK, and it captured the hearts and minds of speculative fiction fans and gave birth to the so-called New Weird movement. PSS was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and recieved the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

His follow up novels to Perdido was set in the same world of New Crobuzon, and were entitled The Scar and Iron Council, respectively. The Scar was nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Arthur C. Clarke awards, and Iron Council recieved the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards.

In 2005, Mieville released his first short story collection, entitled Looking For Jake.


Collector's Notes:



King Rat : King Rat was released in the US in hardcover from TOR Books. This is considered the true first of Mievile's first novel. It was released the same year in the UK as a paperback original. In 2005, Earthling Publications published a limited (to 400 copies) edition, slipcased, and signed leather edition of King Rat. There were also 15 lettered copies created in a handcrafted Japanese silk traycase. These 15 copies represent the rarest of of Mieville's works.

I am unaware of whether there were any ARC's created for this book in either the US or the UK, though the UK seems unlikely.



Pricing: (all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-US First Edition, Tor Books -- 60-80 dollars.
-UK First edition, Macmillan paperback -- 30-50 dollars
-Numbered Edition, Earthling Publications -- 85-100 dollars
-Lettered Edition, Earthling Publications -- 500-700 dollars



Perdido Street Station: PSS is considered Mieville's seminal work, and as such is his most collectible. In a reversal from King Rat, Perdido was published in hardcover in the UK by Macmillan and in trade paperback original in the US by Del Rey. (For whatever reason, TOR did not publish Mieville again after King Rat, something I imagine they regret) A special edition is in the works from Night Shade Books and is available for preorder here. The ARC for Perdido Street Station is both rare and valuable.

Pricing: (all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-UK ARC, Macmillan -- 200 to 300 dollars
-UK First Edition, Macmillan -- 200 to 350 dollars
-US First Edition, Del Rey trade paperback -- 30-50 dollars
-Numbered Edition, Night Shade Books -- 75 dollars
-Lettered Edition, Night Shade Books -- 500 dollars (out of print)


The Scar followed the same publishing routine as Perdido Street Station, a hardcover in the UK by Macmillan and a trade paperback original by Del Rey in the US.










Pricing:
(all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-UK ARC Macmillan, signed and limited -- 150-200 dollars
-UK First Edition, Macmillan -- 50-150 dollars
-US First Edition, Del Rey trade paperback -- 20-40 dollars



The Tain: The Tain was a novella that was first published in limited edition by PS publishing in 2002. It was later collected in the Cities Anthology, and later in Mieville's own collection, Looking For Jake.





Pricing:
(all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-Numbered paperback (500 copies), PS Publishing -- 80-100 dollars
-Numbered hardcover (400 copies), PS Publishing -- 150-200 dollars
-Cities Anthology harcover, Gollancz -- 50-80 dollars
-Cities Anthology, 4 Walls 8 Windows softcover -- 20-25 dollars



Iron Council: The third novel set in New Crobuzon. It was released in hardcover in both the US and the UK, with a signed limited edition (1000 copies) slip cased edition in the UK.







Pricing:
(all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-UK signed limited, Macmillan -- 75-125 dollars
-UK first edition, Macmillan -- 40-50 dollars
-US first edition hardcover, Del Rey -- 25-30 dollars



Looking For Jake: Short fiction collection published in hardcover in the UK and in trade paperback in the US in 2005.











Pricing:
(all prices in Fine condition, all editions are first printing, and all dollar amounts American)
-UK first editon hardcover, Macmillan -- 45-75 dollars
-US ARC with advanced copy of inserted comic -- 60-80 dollars
-US first edition trade paperback, Del Rey -- 15-20 dollars


Here are some pics of actual books from my own meager Mieville collection.

Comments on "Collector's Spotlight: China Mieville"

 

Blogger Race said ... (11:41 AM) : 

Meager collection. Heh.
Nice work!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:12 PM) : 

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 AM) : 

One slight clarification. I believe that the hardcover of the Iron Council was released in the United States first and then in the UK several months later. This was not a simultaneous release. The US trade edition would thus be more desirable for a collector and as a bonus it is much cheaper and more readily available than the UK one.

 

Blogger William Lexner said ... (1:05 AM) : 

I've always found that the rarer versions are more desirable, however you make a good point. At this point, the difference in price is due to the exchange rate more than anything else.

 

Blogger Mango Ferret said ... (2:50 PM) : 

A King Rat proof was produced.
It is violet in color & was produced in very limited quantities (I don't know specific numbers).
On ebay these have sold for $250 US - $500 US although only a few have ever appeared

 

Blogger Mango Ferret said ... (2:51 PM) : 

A King Rat proof was produced.
It is violet in color & was produced in very limited quantities (I don't know specific numbers).
On ebay these have sold for $250 US - $500 US although only a few have ever appeared

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:51 PM) : 

The violet King Rat Proof is the UK edition, there was a US proof that is gray. There's also a a US proof of Perdido Street Station.
They also made another version of The Scar (Easton Press) that they call the "first edition" and is signed 1 0f 1000.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:31 AM) : 

One clarification - The true first Of King Rat is the U.K. paperback original not the U.S. Hardcover
I would agree that desirability is more to do with print runs/rarity than whether its the true first.
I do feel that unless a foreign (not country of origin of the author) edition is published in the calendar year preceding publication in the author's country of origin the difference in date of publication is not significant

 

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Blogger Monkeycat said ... (9:46 PM) : 

I have a A4 proof of King Rat by Earthling Publications. It is one of 7 produced.

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