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Identifying Silmarillion 1977 export edition
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I see a lot of 1977 Silmarillion copies for sale on Ebay but I have a bit of trouble identifying the correct version. From tolkienbooks.net I understand I should be looking for the first state of the export edition.

They describe two states of the first edition and add that "Minor textual differences indicate that Variant 1 was printed before Variant 2."

State 1: Dark blue cloth binding, with blue and white striped headband, dyed blue top edge and dark blue coloured dustwrapper.

State 2: Dark blue textured paper binding, no headband, no dye to top edge and purple/blue coloured dustwrapper.

Most sellers only include a photo of the front of the dustwrapper.

So my question is can I identify a first state from a photo like that or should I ask for additional photos of the book without the dustwrapper. And if so is it easy to see the difference between a "Dark blue cloth binding" and a "Dark blue textured paper binding" from a photo. Does anybody have photos for me as an example.

Additionally suppose I should find a first state of this book how much should I reasonably expect to pay for it?

Posted on: 2011/10/24 14:06

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Houghton Mifflin Deluxe Sigurd and Gudrun on clearance
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If you really want a copy of the deluxe edition (USA), it has obviously been dumped on the remainder market. Here is the best deal I have found so far on new/sealed copies:

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invId=10643141923

$3.20 plus shipping. 96% off MSRP!

Posted on: 2011/10/24 10:35
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Re: History of Middle-earth paperbacks
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You sound like you are on the path to becoming a collector

You might end up with something like these

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/collecting/collectors/collectors.htm

Posted on: 2011/10/24 9:44


Re: History of Middle-earth paperbacks
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Thanks for that!

I'm not a collector; I'm only trying to put together a set for reading purposes, having never read them before. While I'm drawn more to the aesthetics of the paperback editions, it helps to know that they would be missing some of the color plates from the hardbacks.

Maybe this is how one becomes a collector: one version has this, another version has that, and you end up wanting them all.

Posted on: 2011/10/24 0:25


Re: History of Middle-earth paperbacks
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I have just had a look at The Peoples of Middle-Earth.

The text between the hardback and paperback is the same and uses the same page numbers (so the one volume hardback or paperback Index works with both sets of books).

Most of the hardbacks do include some colour plates which are not in the paperbacks. This appears to be the only omission from the paperbacks.

Posted on: 2011/10/23 22:15



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