Babel: An Arcane History comes out into the world in less than three weeks, can you believe it? I’ve been dreadful about updating my website with preorder information, but here at last is a comprehensive preorder guide to the various special editions that are still available, what sorts of bonus features they have, and whether you can order them outside the US/UK.* Some editions – specifically the signed B&N Exclusive and the signed Waterstones Exclusive – sold out very quickly, but I’m happy to assure you all that there remain signed editions of both the US and UK covers (I know folks are very split on which one looks better!) that can be preordered, both domestic and internally.
*Babel will also be featured in a number of subscription boxes including Illumicrate and FairyLoot, but since those have very long waitlists, I’ve left them off this pre-order guide. The Librarian Box edition has also been left off as that sold out.
US cover. Includes an exclusive and cheekily written Dramatis Personae at the back (not found in any other editions.) Unsigned; Indigo is Canada-based but ships to the US and other select international locations.
US cover. Includes an exclusive annotated bibliography of novels and monographs that inspired the world behind Babel (not found in any other editions.) Originally signed, but those have sold out; some stores may carry signed copies on publication date but can’t guarantee it. Does not ship internationally. It is mysteriously cheaper to buy than any regular edition of the hardcover in the US, but let us not question our gifts from the B&N overlords.
US cover. Comes with exclusive character bookmarks (Robin and Ramy, see above), illustrated by Kimberly McDonald. These come signed and personalized at the buyer’s request – you can indicate your preference at the checkout page. Harvard Book Store does not ship internationally.
US cover. Comes with exclusive character bookmarks (Victoire and Letty, see above), illustrated by Kimberly McDonald. Signed bookplates. Mysterious Galaxy does ship internationally. (Not many of these are left so be quick!)
UK cover. Even after the signed Waterstones edition ran out, they ordered more of the exclusive edition because a) the UK cover is incredible and b) the UK cover is even more incredible with black sprayed edges! Waterstones is based in the UK, but ships internationally.
UK cover. Signed; Forbidden Planet is based in the UK, but ships internationally.
Comes with a exclusive dust jacket with an alternate cover (pictured). The only versions left in stock are non-signed and US-only. Note: this one has a later shipping date because of restocking due to high demand.
Signed and numbered; limited to 1500 copies only. Red sprayed edges, ribbon bookmark, and alternative red boards. Goes on pre-sale to subscribers on August 13, and general sale on August 14. Appears to ship internationally with rates varying by country.