I have a question about the VIE Volume 14bis (with the three Ellery Queen stories). Does anyone know how many of this volume has been published/printed?
I have found in Extant # 10, on page 1 and 2, the information here below.
There are 3 types of VIE sets.
The first type might be called the ‘first printing’: it includes 22 ‘Wave 1’ volumes printed by ‘Sfera’, and 22 ‘Wave 2’ volumes printed by ‘Areagroup’. There are about 500 sets of this type in existence.
Then there is the second printing, of which there are about 100, all of which are printed by ‘Zones’. These three designations, Sfera, Areagroup and Zones, are only administrative differences: in fact the same people printed and bound most of the books: all the books were printed by Globalprint. All Sfera and Areagroup volumes, and some Zones volumes, were bound by Torriani, but many Zones volumes, because of the Torriani strike, were bound in smaller binderies in Colognio Italy.
In spite of our two test volumes (Coup de Grace and Other Stories, and Languages of Pao and The Dragon Masters) as the project went forward the volumes continually increased in quality, though the improvements are all subtle. In some of the Sfera volumes the print is not as dark as it might be, and the spines are not as rounded. Thus the Zones volumes tend to be the most satisfying over-all, though in fact many Sfera and Areagroup volumes are indistinguishable in quality from the best Zones volumes.
Finally, there is a third category of book set: these are hybrid sets made from left-over Sfera, Areagroup and Zones volumes, sometimes including damaged reject volumes which have been repaired. It is not sure how many of these sets there are exactly, probably less than 15. There were some leftover limitation sheets, which were included in the volume 44 of these sets, and marked with EX (‘extra’) numbers, starting at ‘EX1’.
I know the following:
Wave 1 (where Printed in 2002 by Sfera Int., Mila, Italy.) and contained volumes: 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42. (22 pieces)
Wave 2 (where printed in 2005 by Areagroup Media, Milan, Italy.) and contained volumes: 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35, 41, 43, 44. (22 pieces)
In my Volume 14bis (with the 3 Ellery Queen stories) I have found that this volume is printed in 2006 by Zones, Milan, Italy.
I understand from the above mentioned information from “Extant # 10” that, because the total VIE was 44 volumes -- without the first two test volumes “Coup de Grace and Other Stories” and “The Languages of Pao and The Dragon Masters” -- , there were made only some 500 sets of the volumes 1 – 44.
Does this means that from volume 14bis (with the Ellery Queen stories) there were only 100 volumes printed?