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From: "Mark Millman" <Mark_Millman@hmco.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) EFF, last call
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 15:35:13 

On 15 October 1998 at 4:32 PM GMT, mantis wrote:

> Attention!  Attention!
> Jeremy Crampton informs me that
> the Urth novella EMPIRES OF
> FOLIAGE AND FLOWER is available
> now in the book THE BEST OF CRANK!
> Publishing history:
> First published by Cheap Street--you
>    can't afford this one.
> First magazine appearance in "CRANK!"
>    no. 2 (Winter 1993)--might be hard
>    to find now.
> Story history:
> This is the story that the Cumaean and
> Severian talk about in the Stone Town.
> That is all.
> =mantis=

You may not be able to afford the Cheap Street
_Empires of Foliage and Flower_, but if you can,
or if you know someone who's got it, do by all
means track it down.  It is, to quote Ultan, "a re-
markably lovely book."  There are two editions,
what Cheap Street calls their Collector's Edition
and their Publisher's Edition.  Both are entirely
hand-made (well, I don't know that the paper is
hand-made) and printed on a hand-cranked
letter-press.  Cheap Street's prices are high,
but you may be able to find it for less; since it's
in admittedly slight demand, book dealers don't
tend to charge cover price.  Even L.W. Currey,
who tends to be expensive, sells the Publisher's
Edition at less than list.  I recommend looking for
the book on Advanced Book Exchange
(http://www.abebooks.com/), Bibliofind
(http://www.bibliofind.com/), or Interloc
(http://www.interloc.com/).  From what I've seen,
the Collector's Edition tends to sell close to its
original cost of $200, while the Publisher's can
go for from anwhere between its original cost of
$600 down to about half that (though this will, of
course, be subject to availability, etc.).

As a matter of fact, everything I've seen from
Cheap Street is really nice.  They are also, as
you'll recall, the original publishers of _Biblio-
men_ (later republished in a considerably less
expensive edition by Edgewood Press, which
is run by Bryan Cholfin, the same fellow who
publishes _CRANK!_--I think he now edits a
major publisher's sf line in New York), and of
a bunch of Wolfe chapbooks, including the
BotNS titles "The Boy Who Hooked the Sun"
and "The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin Is the
Sun", and the non-BotNS titles "At the Point of
Capricorn", "Slow Children at Play", and, I think,
a couple of others.

Mark Millman

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