Friday, June 16, 2006

Collector's Spotlight: Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan (James Rigney Jr.) has been incredibly influential in high fantasy since The Eye of The World was released in 1990. His signature series, The Wheel of Time, is a monstrous force in fantasy sales, and has brought new meaning to the term 'epic.'

His work, whether it be fantasy, historical fiction, or a western, features heroes with human faults and human problems. I imagine this comes easy to Rigney, because he's a hero himself. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star with valor device for gallantry in combat in Vietnam. He is also the recent survivor of a deadly blood disease; a battle which he has refused to lose.

The first edition, first printing hardcover of The Eye of The World is Robert Jordans most rare and sought after book. While 4000 copies of the Advanced Reader's Copy were printed, only 2000 of the first edition hardcover were printed, the rest being produced as trade paperbacks. Of the 2000 hardcovers, over half went to libraries.* Due to the popularity of the series, this scarcity has skyrocketed the price of a 16yr old book to the 1000 dollar mark. I do not have access to information about the UK editions of Jordan's work, and apologize for the lack. If anyone has that information, please leave a comment.

*These numbers are from discussions I've had with Robert Jordan himself.

**Note on Pricing: All prices are listed as a suggested price, (Books are worth what they sell for. Could be more, could be signifigantly less.) referring to a book in Fine condition, and in American dollars.

The Wheel of Time

The Eye of The World
-US ARC, TOR *rare* -- $200-$400
-US First edition, first printing HC, St. Martin's Press *incredibly rare* -- $900-$1200
-US First Edition, Trade Paperback, TOR *rare* -- $300-$500
-US First edition, second printing HC, TOR -- $500-$600
-US First edition, third printing HC, TOR -- $150-$300

The Great Hunt
-US ARC, TOR *rare* -- $100-$250
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $600-$800
-US First Edition, Trade Paperback, TOR -- $100-$200

The Dragon Reborn
-US ARC, TOR *rare* -- $100-$250
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $400-$600
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *incredibly rare* -- $1000-$1500

The Shadow Rising
-US ARC, TOR -- $100-$250
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $200-$500
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *incredibly rare* -- $500-$1000

The Fires of Heaven
-US ARC, TOR -- $75-$150
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $200-$500
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $400-$800

Lord of Chaos
-US ARC, TOR -- $75-$150
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $75-$200
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $400-$800

A Crown of Swords
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $50-$100
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $200-$700

The Path of Daggers
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $50-$100
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $150-$500

Winter's Heart
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $40-$60
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $90-$250

Crossroads of Twilight
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $30-$40
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $150-$350

Knife of Dreams
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $30-$40
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $150-$350

Related:

New Spring
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $30-$40
-Leatherbound Presentation Copy, TOR *rare* -- $150-$350

Legends Anthology
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $80-$150
-Signed and limited leather edition, TOR *incredibly rare* -- $1500-$2000

The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $50-$75

Other Works:

The Conan Chronicles
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $25-$50

Further Chronicles of Conan
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $25-$50
As Reagan O'Neil
The Fallon Legacy
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $50-$100

The Fallon Pride
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $25-$50

The Fallon Blood
-US First Edition, first printing HC, TOR -- $25-$50
As Jackson O'Reilly

Cheyenne Raiders
--US First Edition, first printing HC, Forge -- $25-$50



Comments on "Collector's Spotlight: Robert Jordan"

 

Anonymous Safaa said ... (5:05 PM) : 

I loved this book when I first read it some years ago. My paperback edition is so worn out that it looks it might fall to pieces any second (now that is what I call a rare edition, cof).

But I believe "The Great Hunt" and "The Shadow Rising" (2nd and 4th volumes) are his finest in the series, though some may disagree. Each book presents its own flaws and strenghts but these two were really special to me, particularly, "The Shadow Rising" with the depiction of the Aiel gathering, one of the best things I've read in epic fantasy.

The same can't be said of the disappointing "Crossroads of Twilight" (10). Still, his narrative skills are powerful enough to capture the imagination and devotion of his readers.

And I must say he has all my admiration for his fight against Amyloidosis.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:36 AM) : 

Do you have any idea what the value of the following might be?
1) un-decorated uncorrected proof of Eye of the World and 2) decorated uncorrected proof of same.

 

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