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Re: 1987 box set cover error
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Bill Watkins wrote:
I have a box set of "The lord of the rings" from 1987 with dust covers, all in great condition. There is a flaw with the cover of the first book. The other two books all have a design on the front, and when you open it up you find your self on page 1. But with the first book if you have the design showing and you open the book up you find yourself at the map, which is in the very back, and then when you turn the page again you find yourself on the last page and its upside down.

I have two questions referring to this.
1) has anyone ever had this experience with the cover on backwards and upside down?
2) would this box set interest anyone? I am open to offers for these. I can send pictures if needed and all dust jackets, bindings and maps are in great-amazing. Condition.

bwatkins1125@Yahoo.com


Which edition (publisher) are you referring to? I'm guessing the Houghton Mifflin Edition (as the 1987 Unwin Hyman edition doesn't have any logo on the front board) ? Presumably the wording in the spine is upside-down on two of the volumes also? Just sounds like a binding error to me -- these happen from time to time, and are generally considered to be defective and worth much less than a correctly assembled equivalent. There are exceptions, such as when an error denotes a first state of a book, but the general rule is definitely that defective books are not desirable.

You can always stick it on eBay and see if anyone wants it, though!

Posted on: 5/23 0:26:29


1987 box set cover error
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I have a box set of "The lord of the rings" from 1987 with dust covers, all in great condition. There is a flaw with the cover of the first book. The other two books all have a design on the front, and when you open it up you find your self on page 1. But with the first book if you have the design showing and you open the book up you find yourself at the map, which is in the very back, and then when you turn the page again you find yourself on the last page and its upside down.

I have two questions referring to this.
1) has anyone ever had this experience with the cover on backwards and upside down?
2) would this box set interest anyone? I am open to offers for these. I can send pictures if needed and all dust jackets, bindings and maps are in great-amazing. Condition.

bwatkins1125@Yahoo.com

Posted on: 5/22 18:40:25


Re: Unwin PB 1987 Reissued Edition Impression question
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Christina and I have most of the progression of printings of this issue from 1986 to 1987, and the copyright pages bear out what I understand of Allen & Unwin's practice at the time.

The first of these, when the 'fourth edition' of 1981 (a reprint of the reset 'third edition' of 1979) was reissued in the 'Unicorn' series with new cover art by Roger Garland and an added cover device, is indicated on the copyright page as 'Re-issued in Unicorn 1986', with nothing further (thus the first printing in this sequence).

The next printing has: 'Re-issued in Unicorn 1986 | Reprinted 1986' (thus the second printing in this sequence).

The next has: 'Re-issued in Unicorn 1986 | Reprinted 1986 (twice)' (thus the third printing in this sequence).

We don't have a copy with 'Reprinted 1986 (three times)', but we do have the next (the fifth in the sequence -- always assuming that the publisher got the numbering correct, and didn't skip any), which has 'Re-issued 1986 | Reprinted 1986 (three times), 1987'. By this time, the 'Unicorn' cover device was gone, the series apparently having been discontinued as a marketing effort, which would explain why it has 'Re-issued 1986' and not 'Re-issued in Unicorn 1986'.

Unless something has changed since I did bibliographic work there, e.g. records having been found and transferred from HarperCollins, the Allen & Unwin archive at Reading can't come into it for books of this date: the records end long before 1987.

Wayne

Posted on: 5/22 5:12:01


Re: Unwin PB 1987 Reissued Edition Impression question
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Or not, when it comes to the 1983 Pb Silmarillion impression list...

BH

Posted on: 5/21 16:37:24
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Re: Unwin PB 1987 Reissued Edition Impression question
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Ah I see. Thanks for that. So I guess, when in doubt, I should trust his site.

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