February 13, 2013

CCLaP Rare: The "Millennium" Trilogy (first edition, first printing), by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy, first American editions

Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy, first American editions

Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy, first American editions

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2009)
By Stieg Larsson
Alfred A. Knopf
First American Edition, First Printing

DESCRIPTION: What can be said about Stieg Larsson's monumentally popular "Millennium" trilogy that hasn't already been said? (BONUS: Read what CCLaP has already said about Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy.) A Swedish investigative journalist who came of age in the countercultural era, who had an obsessive fascination with right-wing hate groups and how best to stop them, his three related crime novels dealing with the subject were originally written in his off-hours just for fun, and weren't even published for the first time until after his unexpected death from a heart attack at the age of 50. The ongoing tale of feisty hacker and freelance detective Lisbeth Salander, and the middle-aged journalist Mikael Blomkvist who first hires her, then befriends her, then becomes her lover, these three novels (2005's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2006's The Girl Who Played with Fire and 2007's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest) may not have invented the contemporary renaissance in dark Scandinavian crime fiction; but certainly they've become the most famous example, with over 75 million copies of the books now sold worldwide (including the last volume being the single best selling book in America in 2010), and blockbuster film adaptations from both Sweden and Hollywood. Included in this sale are the first editions, first printings of the three AMERICAN versions of these books, originally published in 2008 and '09; they're highly affordable right now, but are almost guaranteed to go up in value, and since there are literally no signed copies in existence this will never be a factor in future value. A perfect birthday present for a crime-loving family member, and a smart acquisition for a collector of contemporary first editions, this is about the cheapest you will ever find this three-book set for sale from this point in history forward.

CONDITION: Text: Fine (F) for all three. Very similar to their condition when brand-new. Dust Jacket: Very Good Plus (VG+) for volumes 1 and 3 (for the most part in really great shape, minus a bit of crinkling around the edges); Very Good (VG) for volume 2, for a quarter-inch tear in the top center (see photos). Stated "First United States Edition" on all three copyright pages; lack of further printing notices make these first printings as well. All three dust jackets come wrapped in Demco archival sheets (not pictured).

PROVENANCE: Volume 1 purchased by CCLaP at the Evanston (IL) Public Library Book Fair, January 2012. Volumes 2 and 3 purchased at Bookworks bookstore, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, February 2012.

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:05 AM, February 13, 2013. Filed under: CCLaP Rare | Literature | Literature:Fiction | Profiles | Reviews |