Afton House Books is a micro-press run by Bob Lacovara, of Afton, Virginia. Bob’s an electrical engineer, not a publisher, by trade. Back in 1999, he searched the internet for a bibliography of Jack Vance, and found the embryonic Vance Integral Edition. He got sucked in, backed the dark (but fastest) horse, and by 2006 had helped publish the original VIE. Bob acted as a member of the board, father confessor, power behind the throne, mailed fist… whatever was necessary to lubricate the gears, and sometimes, bludgeon the help. The result was history.
Over the years, people kept asking for a way to obtain the VIE. But the sets had been sold out, and the cost of producing 44 volumes would rival the cost of used sets, about $4000. So Bob gave into the temptation to print, from the VIE texts, a six volume set of the VIE. It contains all of Jack’s fiction and Paul Rhoad’s etchings from the original set. Either Bob will be a hero again with many people, or he will own a lot of copies of the VIE. Time will tell.
Drop in at the website: http://www.AftonHouseBooks.com. Or e-mail Bob via this site or the website.