I just got the following email from the folks at DC Comics... read on:
One of the most acclaimed series in comics history will be collected in DC Comics' deluxe Absolute format this November in Vertigo's THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOLUME 1 HC.
The first in a four-volume series, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOLUME 1 HC collects issues #1-20 of this enduring series, written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, with cover art by Dave McKean.
In this Absolute edition, issues #1-18 of THE SANDMAN have been completely recolored. Also included in this amazing edition is a host of never before seen material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," together with reproductions of the issue's original pencils by Charles Vess. Rounding out the collection are a new introduction by DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.
THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOLUME 1 HC (AUG060280) is advance-solicited in the August Previews (Volume XVI #8); it is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 1 with a cover price of $99.00 U.S.
Good Grief, I gotta start filling my "Penny Jar". Because I gotta have this. No question.