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Chronicles of Castle Brass | boxed set editions

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  • Chronicles of Castle Brass | boxed set editions

    Finished the Moorcock cupboard tidy with another minor 'discovery': there seem to be two versions of the (correctly titled) Chronicles of Castle Brass boxset: one has a blank top, the other has Grafton printed in white up there.

    A minor difference to say the least; perhaps two print runs, or a 1983 set in addition to the 1984 set? Of the three copies I have of this set (inc. the mis-spelt version), alas only one has avoided sun-damage, the other two having the box spine turn a shade of green rather than brown. Such is life eh?
    Last edited by Rothgo; 05-10-2011, 10:43 PM. Reason: blank, not black.

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    Sun damage! Aaargh! A book collector's nightmare

    Actually I have a CD of More by Pink Floyd that is half-faded across the front insert because I didn't realise until it was too late that I'd left it in the sun's firing line for a while...
    'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

    Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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      Is brown like pink I wonder prone to fade more than other inks? Or perhaps just a bit of bad luck on ebay?

      Oddly, and a bit like previous chat on the fading of the pink spine on The Hollow Lands, green actually rather suits these boxes, but glad to have at least one proper brown!

      My City in the Autumn Stars is also spine-sun-faded, but that is a low priority replacement there.

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        Originally posted by Rothgo View Post
        Is brown like pink I wonder prone to fade more than other inks? Or perhaps just a bit of bad luck on ebay?
        Brown probably has a high red pigment content which is why it appears to suffer badly from sun damage. It's quite common to find UK hardback editions of Byzantium Endures with 'green' spines even though the dust-jackets is actually a dark brown on the front and back.
        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by David Mosley View Post
          Brown probably has a high red pigment content which is why it appears to suffer badly from sun damage. It's quite common to find UK hardback editions of Byzantium Endures with 'green' spines even though the dust-jackets is actually a dark brown on the front and back.
          My first company an Ivor Hitchens catalogue for the serpentine gallery, A4 landscape on Parilux Matt Cream. The cover was a solid blue with matt laminate, about 18 months later, I was in the gallery, the colour had 'dried' back and the text was so faint (as it was white out or this case, cream out of the solid) to be barely recognisable. Think the designer got the blame for picking an awkward colour, although we should have double hit.

          Papa was a Rolling Stone......

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