|Re: Blank / Dummy Silmarillions|
Subject: Re: Blank / Dummy Silmarillions
by Khamûl on 2008/1/5 14:24:26
Well, Holford ( ) states the following:
Printed by Clowes & Sons.
Pre-publication dummy copy. According to a letter seen with one copy, these were distributed to booksellers to solicit pre-publication orders.
Dark blue cloth binding, with blue and white striped headband, dyed blue top edge and dark blue coloured dustwrapper.
Three variants have been seen:
1) With the pages printed up to page 32
2) With the pages printed up to page 35
3) With these pages blank
The copy of Variant 3 seen lacked a dustwrapper.
Most copies come in the unpriced export jacket, but one copy of the 32 page variant has been seen in a priced domestic dustwrapper. Whether this was as issued is uncertain.
Courtesy of Tolkienbooks.net
So I guess this is pretty much all thats been seen. The priced variant sounds unlikely if it was Clowes (as their jackets were unpriced).
Deagol!? Was the priced copy a Billing copy? Or have all dummy copies (seen) been Clowes 1rst impressions?
As an added point. The presence of only Clowes pre-publication copies (assuming this is the case) adds weight to the argument that Clowes was the main printer employed & that these copies were in production (or in this case pre-production) first.