You’ll recall a few days ago we were chatting here about literary “one hit wonders”: authors who made an impression on just a few works. One author who got mentioned quite a bit was Barry Hughart, author of Bridge of Birds and two other books featuring Master Li and Number Ten Ox. Well, as more or less a direct result of these conversations amongst us, a new omnibus collection of Hughart’s series is coming out in hardcover from Subterranean Press:
As it turns out, two of Mr. Hughart’s novels are still available singly, but the omnibus version will now set you back in excess of $150 — and that’s just for the book club edition.
Later this year, we’re going to rectify that situation, with a gorgeous new edition, featuring a brand new cover by Jon Foster, with the trade print run likely limited to 2000 copies at $38 — not a bad price point for a book we expect will approach 700 pages.
For Mr. Hughart’s most ardent fans, that’s not the biggest news. In addition to the trade hardcover, we’ll be producing a 200-250 copy limited edition that will feature not only a leatherbound edition of The Chronicles. In addition, for the first time, Mr. Hughart has given us permission to publish the first draft of Bridge of Birds, which features Master Li as a nineteen-year-old, and Number Ten Ox as a bit player. This slipcased set will be a true rarity.
Seriously, now. How awesome is that. Not only that a new edition is coming out — and in hardcover, which fills my heart with squee — but that a major reason it is, is because we were talking about it here.
We must remember to use this power only for good, people.
Also, for you Master Li fans, here’s the page on Subterranean where you can pre-order the book. And if you don’t think I’m not already in the line for this, you are a silly, silly person.