New York: Bantam Books, 1996-2011. First American Editions. Handsome set of Martin's best-selling Song of Ice and Fire series, basis for HBO's Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones. Each volume inscribed to Martin's long-time friends Mike and Mary Fitzsimmons, who together with Mike's first wife, Barbara, founded and ran Archon, a multi-genre convention in St. Louis, MO. Martin was the Guest of Honor at Archon #1 in 1977, which drew a scant 250+ attendees. On his website, Martin recalls that "Archon I marked the third time in my career that I was asked to be a convention GOH, but the first time they really got it right." His relationship with Fitzsimmons and Mertens spans more than 40 years; Martin would go on to dedicate Fort Freak: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel (2011) to Mike ("For Mike Fitzsimmons, a good friend and true fan"), and Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand (2017) to Mary ("for Mary Mertens"). Meaningful association copies of Martin's signature work are truly rare, this being the only such set we've seen in commerce. Item #4333
First Printings. Five octavo volumes (24cm); variously-colored paper-covered boards, with titles stamped on spines, and author's facsimile signature or decorative elements stamped on front covers; dustjackets; [vi],694,; [vi],761,, [xii],973,, [viii],753,, [xvi],1016,pp. Each copy warmly inscribed by Martin on the half-title page to Mike and Mary Fitzsimmons (née Mertens): "To Mike & Mary, Great friends, great memories, but the best is yet to come" (A Game of Thrones); "To Mike & Mary, With memories of Archon summers, and winters long and short - Love & friendship" (A Clash of Kings); "To Mike & Mary, Who remember the "Good old days" - With love" (A Storm of Swords); "To Mike & Mary, Who came a long way - With friendship and fond memories" (A Feast For Crows); "To Mary / My old dear friend - With love" (A Dance With Dragons). Base of spines gently nudged, light wear to lower board edges on Game, with upper left corner of rear board bumped on Dance, else very Near Fine or better in like dustjackets, all unclipped. Offered together with an Iron Coin of Bravos, produced by the Shire Post Mint, bearing the words "Valar Dohaeris / Valar Morghulis" on one side, and a Faceless Man of Bravos on the other; Mint, still sealed in the original packaging.