Lettered set of the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room
Lettered set of the New York Trilogy
by Paul Auster

A lettered edition is a specific variety of limited edition that is characterized by letters of the alphabet with each book assigned a letter.

Lettered editions are traditionally limited to 26 copies, one for each letter of the alphabet, but it is not uncommon for a lettered edition to be limited to 52 copies with books marked by upper and lower case letters or represented by A to Z followed by AA to ZZ. 

These tiny print runs - designed to be collectable from the word go - are a perfect chance for publishers to pull out all the stops. It’s common for these lettered books to be deluxe editions with author and/or illustrator signatures, slip cases, and special features not found in run-of-the-mill editions.  When only the rarest modern editions will do, look for a lettered edition.

Lettered Editions

The Crow: The Lazarus Heart by Poppy Z. Brite
The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
by Poppy Z. Brite
Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
Life Expectancy
by Dean Koontz
Cujo by Stephen King
Cujo
by Stephen King
The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
The Robots of Dawn
by Isaac Asimov
Berrybender Narratives by Larry McMurtry (4 volumes)
Berrybender Narratives
by Larry McMurtry (4 volumes)
He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Richard Matheson, et al
He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson
by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Richard Matheson, et al
Mefisto in Onyx by Harlan Ellison with Intro by Frank Miller
Mefisto in Onyx
by Harlan Ellison with Intro by Frank Miller
Dark Carnival by Ray Bradbury
Dark Carnival
by Ray Bradbury
The Fear Report by Elizabeth Massie
The Fear Report
by Elizabeth Massie
Cockfighter Journal by Charles Willeford with James Lee Burke forward
Cockfighter Journal
by Charles Willeford with James Lee Burke forward
The Bikeriders by Danny Lyon
The Bikeriders
by Danny Lyon
Zeppelins West by Joe Lansdale, Illus. Mark Nelson
Zeppelins West
by Joe Lansdale, Illus. Mark Nelson
Iceberg by Clive Cussler
Iceberg
by Clive Cussler
The Chosen by Edward Lee
The Chosen
by Edward Lee
The Modesty Blaise Companion by Lawrence Blackmore
The Modesty Blaise Companion
by Lawrence Blackmore
The Sphinx by Graham Masterton
The Sphinx
by Graham Masterton
Flight of the Stone Angel by Carol O’Connell
Flight of the Stone Angel
by Carol O’Connell
Light Metres by Felicia Lamport, illustrated by Edward Gorey
Light Metres
by Felicia Lamport, illustrated by Edward Gorey
Lords of the Razor by Joe R. Lansdale
Lords of the Razor
by Joe R. Lansdale
Tequila’s Sunrise by Brian Keene
Tequila’s Sunrise
by Brian Keene
Cover by Jack Ketchum
Cover
by Jack Ketchum
Impact 20 by William Nolan, Ray Bradbury, Gary Braunbeck
Impact 20
by William Nolan, Ray Bradbury, Gary Braunbeck
Toto of Oz by Gina Wickwar
Toto of Oz
by Gina Wickwar
In Quest of the Perfect Book by William Dana Orcut
In Quest of the Perfect Book
by William Dana Orcut

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