Any questions related to limited editions
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If a collector was offered a numbered copy or a PC copy for the same price and condition, they would always chose the numbered.Bob M wrote:Which is more desirabe to a collector, a limited edition #ed (approx 1000 Run) or a PC copy?
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Some PC copies are rarer than their S/L cousins (the first three in the DT series, for example, only 12 PC copies of each wer emade compared to 500 S/L). As Mr RT said, given the choice for the same price of your run of the mill S/L, you'd likely go with the S/L. PCs are a good alternative, however, if you cannot find an S/L that you can afford, and are themselves nice collectibles ... sometimes the only difference is what's written on the number line.
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George at Ramstein wrote:Some PC copies are rarer than their S/L cousins (the first three in the DT series, for example, only 12 PC copies of each wer emade compared to 500 S/L). As Mr RT said, given the choice for the same price of your run of the mill S/L, you'd likely go with the S/L. PCs are a good alternative, however, if you cannot find an S/L that you can afford, and are themselves nice collectibles ... sometimes the only difference is what's written on the number line.
Quite so, George.
As a numbered or lettered edition of a modern book is NEVER, to the best of my knowledge, restricted to a print-run of one copy, it is incorrect to describe a copy of either the numbered or lettered edition as "unique". The number or letter of a specific copy may not be repeated in the run, but that does not make the book "unique", as there are numerous other copies manufactured to the same specification in the edition. Although there is no such thing as the typical print run of a numbered limited edition, King limiteds tend cover the spectrum from 200 to 1500, meaning that they are most assuredly more plentiful than the number of PC copies available of either.
The anti-pc bias is defined by a spectacular lack of logic, as it is neither borne out by the numbers nor by a semantic exploration of the term "rare". A pc run of 25 copies is, by definition, significantly smaller than a numbeed edition print run of 200 copies. The suggestion that the number (as opposed to the letters pc) makes a material difference is, frankly, fanciful. The pc bias may well have its roots in the somewhat self-serving approach to publishing pc copies adopted by the late lamented Dark Harvest publishers, accused by some to be guilty of supplementing the numbered run of a limited edition with more than a reasonable number of pc copies back in the 80s - notably where Dean Koontz titles were concerned . However, even if the number of pc copies is 50, it is still no more than 25% of a numbered run of 200 copies or 10% of a more common print run of 500.
A pc copy of the first edition of a Gutenberg bible, a Shakespeare sonnet, a Brothers Grimm fairy tale or a psychedelic William Burroughs extravaganza would be as welcome as a numbered copy - more so, in fact - and it would almost certainly be in much shorter supply
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PC stands for Publisher's Copy. The "PC" is inserted where the number or letter would normally go an a limited edition book. The PC copies are for the publisher's use, or to give to the author, artist, the author's wife or husband or relatives or to reviewers or to give collector's something to talk about and drive them crazy.