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Nothing sits better on the collector’s bookshelf than a limited edition.

AbeBooks is showcasing 25 of the finest limited editions available ranging from Mark Twain to Marc Chagall, from Frank Baum to Frank Gehry, from Robert Heinlein to Robert Mapplethorpe, and from William Shakespeare to William Gibson.

This list covers art, architecture, classic literature, cyberpunk, photography, poetry, a president’s speeches and science fiction. There’s handmade paper, Japanese silk, morocco leather, brown oak boxes, beautiful slipcases and every book is a limited edition with print runs varying from as few as 15 to several thousand copies.

Scarce but beautiful, these limited editions offer limitless pleasure.



Assignment in Eternity  - Robert A. Heinlein

1. Assignment in Eternity
Robert Heinlein

Published in 1953 by Fantasy Press, there were 500 signed and numbered copies from the entire first printing of 3,000 copies. Ric Binkley’s amazing jacket design is a classic.

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain

British Columbia’s Pie Tree Press produced this gem featuring nine full-page full-colour linocuts by Jim Rimmer. Only 75 copies and bound in quarter calf.

Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson

3. Quicksilver
Neal Stephenson

This deluxe edition of volume one of the Baroque Cycle featured 1000 signed and numbered copies. Hand-bound in Japanese silk with a slipcase.

You Kissed Lilly - Charles Bukowski

4. You Kissed Lilly
Charles Bukowski

A limited edition of 75 copies produced by Black Sparrow Press in 1978. Bukowski signed the covers.

Speaking My Mind - Ronald Reagan

5. Speaking My Mind Ronald Reagan

A limited edition of 5,000 copies detailing Reagan’s key speeches. The leather-bound book comes in a brown oak presentation box with a pull-out drawer housing six audio cassettes.

ISBN 0932096417 - Neuromancer - William Gibson

6. Neuromancer
William Gibson

Pioneering cyberpunk republished by Phantasia Press. Two choices – a ‘special’ limited edition of 375 numbered copies signed by Gibson or a further 1,000 unnumbered limited edition copies.

Robots of Dawn - Isaac Asimov

7. The Robots of Dawn
Isaac Asimov

In 1983, Phantasia Press produced 35 lettered and signed limited edition copies in full black morocco leather with metal and plastic elements on the front board.

Taos Pueblo - Ansel Adams, Mary Austin

8. Taos Pueblo
Ansel Adams & Mary Austin

In 1977, the New York Graphic Society produced 950 copies numbered and signed by Adams – the book is a facsimile of Adams’ ultra rare 1930 classic.

The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King

9. The Eyes of the Dragon
Stephen King

The true first edition, Philtrum Press produced a limited edition of a thousand signed copies in 1984. Red and white marbled paper with a black cloth spine featuring gilt printing.

The Book of Counted Sorrows - Dean Koontz

10. The Book of Counted Sorrows
Dean Koontz

Charnel House produced 1,250 signed copies in 2003 – issued without a dust jacket – with a Therese DePrez cover design.

Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith

11. Robert Mapplethorpe / Patti Smith

Just 2,000 copies were printed in 1987 by Bellport Press. A combination of Smith’s lyrics and Mapplethorpe’s photography.

Shakespeare's Oviid - Ted Hughes, Christopher Le Brun

12. Shakespeare's Ovid
Ted Hughes & Christopher Le Brun

Only 50 numbered deluxe copies were produced – they were signed by Hughes, who wrote the introduction, and the artist Le Brun. Printed on Arches Velin paper.

ISBN: 0974198706  Fog: Flowing in a Direction - Frank Gehry

13. Fog: Flowing in a Direction
Frank Gehry

This book lavishly describes Gehry’s architecture. Published in 2003, by Circa, there were 250 signed copies in slipcases.

Winnie-the-Pooh - AA Milne

14. Winnie the Pooh
A.A. Milne

Published in 1973, there were 300 numbered copies signed by famed illustrator E.H. Shepard. Colour illustrations and bound in blue morocco.

In Umbra Res - Paul Graham

15. In Umbra Res: Sixteen Photographs of Northern Ireland
Paul Graham

A very rare book – one of 500 signed and numbered copies published by Cornerhouse and the National Museum of Photography. Thirty-two pages expressing the Troubles.

ISBN: 9780224081184 On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

16. On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan

Published by the London Review Bookshop, this limited edition from 2007 was designed by Andrew Stilwell and bound by The Fine Bindery. Quarter bound with slipcase.

ISBN: 1558586571 The Wizard of Oz - Frank Baum

17. The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum

Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, North South Books produced 500 copies signed by the artist in 1996. Bound in linen featuring handmade paper and a linen slipcase.

ISBN: 1597110310 Mexico - Marin Parr

18. Mexico
Martin Parr

A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies from 2006, Parr’s photography examines Mexican culture and features an essay by Rogelio Villarreal.

ISBN: 0954289218 Drawings for Dante - Marcel Dzama

19. Drawings for Dante
Marcel Dzama

The Timothy Taylor Gallery printed a thousand signed and numbered copies - 62 colour illustrations from a major London exhibition.

Marc Chagall. Monotypes 1961-1965

20. Marc Chagall: Monotypes 1961-1965

Printed by Gérald Cramer in Geneva, there were just numbered 1,350 copies. Beige cloth and illustrated dust jacket.

Sunset Gun - Dorothy Parker

21. Sunset Gun
Dorothy Parker

Parker’s second book of poetry published by Boni and Liveright in 1928 – there was a first edition of 275 signed copies of which 250 were put on sale.

Les Chiens ont Soif by Max Ernst & Jacques Prevert

22. Les Chiens ont Soif
Max Ernst & Jacques Prevert

A surreal masterpiece. Published in Paris in 1964, one of a limited edition of 250 copies that combine the surreal art of Max Ernst with the surreal poetry of Jacques Prevert

Marching With Custer - Elwood L. Nye

23. Marching With Custer
Elwood L. Nye

Published in 1964, this is an analysis of General Custer’s use of horses in 1876 - a limited edition of 300 copies that is printed on Andorra deckle-edged paper.

Porious: A Romance of the Dark Ages by John Cowper Powys

24. Porious: A Romance of the Dark Ages
John Cowper Powys

Published in 1951, there was a limited edition of 200 signed copies that were bound in blue morocco leather by (George) Baynton Riviere from Bath.

The Grave of Lost Stories - William T Vollmann

25. The Grave of Lost Stories
William T Vollmann

The crème de la crème is the 1993 CoTangent deluxe limited edition of 15 copies and bound by famed binder Ben Pax. It was followed by another limited edition of 1994.