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Re: New Book Releases
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IMHO, the S&G and CoH SD editions are worth picking up at discount (I think they were actually GBP 175 on the black Friday sale, not 125 -- but could be wrong).

I technically paid 125 for my S&G (well, I actually paid 250 right back when they came out, but they sent me two copies for reasons known only to them -- and when I emailed them I heard nothing back). I think they are decent value below 200, as they are MUCH better than the standard deluxe editions. CoH in particular is really very nice. S&G is a bit bland looking but well made (except for the adhesive used to bond the clamshell together which stretches in warm climate -- easily fixed, though). Full RRP is and always was a joke for these.

You shouldn't have to pay too much for Perilous Realm. It got a Chinese reprint a year or so back and there were loads of them floating around on Ebay up until fairly recently (at a lot less than the ridiculous £75 RRP). If you want a non-Chinese one, they are probably still more expensive, I assume. I won't touch the Chinese Deluxes personally; There is something just "off" about them.

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Earl, I think if you could get either of the Super Deluxe Ed.'s for £125 that would be a pretty decent price; when I think back to the full price (CoH) & discounted price (S&G) I paid for my copies, they probably weren't (& aren't) worth it. The only thing I'd say to you is, if you're a Tolkien collector, you're probably not going to enjoy these leather editions that much; I mean, you're probably not going to handle them often simply because you've paid so much money for them. Of course, in this case, you're also getting an "official" signature thrown in for that price; so all-in £125 is fair I'd say.

I get far more enjoyment out of old, old leather books that I have, that are already a little battle-scarred & "pre-loved". The finish on antiquarian leather books can't really be matched by the HarperCollins' of today. Having said that, full leather is still reasonably uncommon even for older books. Coming back to Tolkien, I have a rebound half-leather 1977 Silmarillion (a modern leather rebind, but by a reputable bookbinder) & it's very comfortable to handle. I enjoy this copy more than I enjoy having the two Super Deluxe copies. Rebinds are, in my opinion, worth having if the price is right; particularly if you're just looking for that lovely leather feel.

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I agree with all you've said Stu. That's part of the reason I'm not too keen on paying top dollar for these books (the price for Tales from the Perilous Realm is laughable right now).

I might push myself to get the super deluxe editions of CoH and S&G if I can get them at half price this year (I know they were going for GBP 125 at last year's Black Friday sale, but I just didn't have the funds then). And that's only because I've never owned a true leather-bound book, and I feel like a Tolkien book in this format might be a worthy one to own.

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Earl wrote:
I agree, Stu. Even the deluxe editions of the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and Tales From The Perilous Realm, were really just about the cover and slipcase matching those of the deluxe series. I really wish these editions had some "content" that set them apart from the regular hardcover and paperback editions.



Absolutely. The deluxe editions have generally not had much (if anything) in the way of special features. Having a frontispiece that contains the cover-art that would ordinarily grace the dust jacket of the standard edition, isn't really a special feature in my book (e.g. CoH, Silmarillion, etc)! It seems to me that Fall of Arthur and Sigurd and Gudrun could easily have had nice images of the concept art by Bill Sanderson (for example), and that would have been great. I have Bill S. remarqued standard editions of S&G and FoA and they would have been perfect material.

That said, I don't mind them, I just think we are now at the point where material that really should be in scholarly journals is being published as new books, primarily to milk the final dollar now that there is no substantial material left in the cupboard. There is only so much value in variant drafts of things beyond them being padding. Deluxe versions of such material is just a stretch too far.

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I agree, Stu. Even the deluxe editions of the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and Tales From The Perilous Realm, were really just about the cover and slipcase matching those of the deluxe series. I really wish these editions had some "content" that set them apart from the regular hardcover and paperback editions.

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