Special Editions Roundups
Sometimes publishers are so sure a book is going to be a hit that they go all out in producing multiple fancy editions of the same title. The edition comparison roundups on this site compare all the different editions that are out there for titles with particular buzz to help you in your collecting journey.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a standalone fantasy/magical realism novel by V. E. (Victoria) Schwab.
Two 2021 Special Collector’s Editions (also called the ‘Autumn’ edition in the UK) are being released on 5 October 2021, to celebrate the first anniversary of the book’s publication (the cynical reader might think that starting to release ‘anniversary’ editions after only one year is a bit of a publisher cash grab, but then again, no-one has to buy them…)
The collector’s editions are different in the US and the UK. US cover designs are very heavily typographic and include of Addie’s star constellation against a plain background. UK designs have the constellation more subtly included as gold circles, and also includes a forget-me-not floral motif. Both of the collector’s editions include a new cover design (well, a design with a new color scheme at least), six new pieces of fan art to illustrate Addie’s story, and a gold ribbon bookmark.
The US edition also includes a ‘hidden cover‘ design stamped and debossed under the dust jacket, along with an exclusive note from the author. Barnes & Noble have an exclusive edition with an alternate cover.
The UK edition also includes new endpapers, two coloured text (black and blue), and gorgeous silver sprayed page edges featuring silver stencilled forget-me-not flowers.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Note that all UK first printings of the collector’s edition will be signed, so do jump on a preorder if you’re planning to get a copy.
How many different editions of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue are there?
With the new 2021 special anniversary edition reigniting excitement about this title, there are currently at least 17 different editions of the book available – just in English (I’ll update the list below as more are released).
Before jumping to the special editions, here are the links to the standard editions.
If you’d like to chat in the comments, please share your favorite edition – I can’t wait for the UK collector’s edition to come out, it looks beautiful!
UK Standard Edition Hardback
Hardback. Titan Books. 560p. 13 x 20 cm. 9781785652509. Released Oct 6, 2020.
UK standard hardback edition with blue forget-me-not flowers. First print run had blue sprayed page edges and copper foiling, with a copper foiled “hidden cover” featuring Henry under a tree on the case under the dust jacket.
List of Special Editions of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Platinum UK Collector’s Edition (UK)
Hardback. Titan Books. 560p. 9781789098921. Released: Oct 6, 2021.
UK hardback special illustrated edition with silver cover, six new pieces of fan art, sprayed page edges, exclusive coloured interior printing, silver sprayed edges with stencilled forget-me-nots, and gold ribbon bookmark. All first printings are signed.
Blue US Collector’s Edition (US)
Hardback. Tor Books. 448p. 9781250830746. Released: Oct 6, 2021.
US hardback special illustrated edition with alternate red cover, six new pieces of fan art, a ‘hidden cover’ design under the dust jacket, gold ribbon bookmark, and an exclusive note from the author. Release price USD$29.99.
Red Barnes & Noble Collector’s Edition (US)
Hardback. Tom Doherty. 9781250835994. Released: Oct 6, 2021.
US hardback special illustrated edition with blue cover, six new pieces of fan art, a ‘hidden cover’ design under the dust jacket, gold ribbon bookmark, and an exclusive note from the author. Release price USD$29.99.
→ Buy from Barnes & Noble
Bookstore Exclusive Editions
Forbidden Planet (UK)
UK hardback with alternate cover (blue vines), exclusive hidden ‘Addie and constellation’ cover in blue foil on the case under the dust jacket, and blue sprayed page edges. Also included bonus essay ‘A Ghost in the Frame’. Release price GBP£17.99. Released: Oct 2020.
→ OOP. Check Abes or eBay
Book Subscriptions Clubs & Boxes
Books and Beyond (India)
UK first printing hardback with foiled case and blue sprayed page edges. Exclusive dust jacket. Release price GBP£17 (book only) / GBP£27 (book box). Released: Oct 2020.
→ OOP. Check eBay
US naked hardback with exclusive silver foiling and white flowers, ‘hidden cover’ case design on the boards under the dust jacket (Addie and Henry under a tree), gunmetal silver sprayed edges, exclusive endpapers and ribbon bookmark. Box also included a fandom pin. Release price GBP£17 (book only) / GBP£27 (book box). Released: Oct 2020.
→ OOP. Check eBay
US naked hardback with exclusive foiling on front and back, exclusive endpapers, sprayed edges and ribbon bookmark. Box also included fandom items. Release price USD$49.99. Released: Oct 2020.
→ OOP. Check eBay
The Big Book Box (India)
UK later printing hardback with alternate dust jacket design, featuring Addie on the front and Henry on the back. Box also included fandom items. Released: Dec 2020.
→ OOP. Check eBay
Interesting Foreign Editions
Het onzichtbare leven van Addie LaRue (Dutch), translated by Merel Leene
Limited Edition Hardback. Boekerij. 576p. 9789022591932. Released Jan 19, 2021.
Or standard hardback. Boekerij. 576p. 9789022593738. Released Oct 6, 2020.
Gold bird and constellation cover.
→ Buy from Amazon