Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Doubleday, 2003. The Australian First Edition is published by Doubleday, full black cloth boards, very well constructed with a sturdy paper stock. The signature is 2006, just before the news of his early-onset Alzheimer’s was leaked. He looked exhausted, but then, the following story should illustrate why.

The story behind this is that he appeared at MidSouthCon, I waited 2 1/2 hours in line, only to be told that he was due at a panel and could not sign again until that night. So we were given stubs and had to drive all the way back to the hotel, for me about a 45 mile round trip. But I did, and got the autograph.

What makes this rare is twofold: it’s a UK edition in the USA, and it’s signed. Given the obvious demand for his ultra-popular stuff, signed Pratchett material will only continue to escalate in value.