|The Printed Head|
THE PRINTED HEAD series is a means for Atlas to publish
titles that have a rather more eccentric appeal than our trade
books. They allow us a certain flexibility in our publishing
and because of this often appear out of sequence and at
slightly erratic intervals. They are generally shorter than
trade titles and are only available directly from us
(they are not for sale through bookshops). Although
primarily aimed at subscribers to each series or volume,
individual issues may also be purchased. The series have
changed over the years and are individually described below.
FORMAT Each volume comprises around a dozen issues
published at irregular intervals. Subscribers to each series,
or purchasers of complete sets of series already completed,
receive a free matching slipcase and an extra final volume.
Volume I consisted of stapled booklets of between 20 and
48 pages. Volumes II to IV consist of perfect bound books
in uniform wrappers of between 64 and 120 pages.
LIMITATION Volume I was limited to 250 copies, thus:
Type (a) Numbers 1 to 50 were signed by the author where
Type (b) Numbers 51 to 150 reserved for subscribers.
Type (c) Numbers 151 to 250 are available as individual titles.
Volumes II and III were limited to 300 copies, the extra 50
copies being of type (c). Some issues of Volumes II-IV are
available individually only as Atlas trade titles.
Volume IV has the same total limitation as the previous two
series, but consists of 200 subscriber sets and 100 of type (c),
the first issue was available individually as a trade title,
under a different cover.
SUBSCRIBING The Printed Head is essentially designed
for subscription. Readers request either signed or non-signed
issues and receive each title as it appears with the same
subscription number: between 13 and 50 for signed editions,
51 and 200 for unsigned. An invoice accompanies each issue,
with no pre-payment being required (although to simplify
matters foreign subscribers often elect to send us a lump
sum from which we deduct the price of each issue). Subscribers
may cancel at any time. At the end of each series paid-up
subscribers receive a free extra issue and a slipcase to
contain the set. Boxed sets of completed series may also
be purchased. All titles (except for signed copies,and the final subscribers' issue) may be purchased individually.
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