London: Voyager / HarperCollins, 2005. First U.K. Edition. Fourth volume in Martin's best-selling Song of Ice and Fire series, basis for HBO's Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones. Inscribed to 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 works are truly rare. Item #4727
First Impression. Thick octavo (24cm); burgundy paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [x],753,pp. Warmly inscribed by Martin on the half-title page to Mike and Mary Fitzsimmons (née Mertens): "To Mike & Mary / Enjoy this feast, and all the feasts to come / George R.R. Martin." Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket (priced £18.99).