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Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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On the question of Folio Society editions - it's interesting you raise the matter of the paper used in the production. This is Caxton wove paper, which is very nice and all that; but this latest ed. of the Folio LotR seems a bit, well, lightweight to me, and I think that's partly due to the paper, as well as the 'vegetable parchment' boards, which I don't much like.

The original Folio set was a very different matter; very solid, quarter bound in leather and using a superior paper, called 'Guard Bridge Silver City' which has lost none of its colour or crispness over the years.

I really like the 1990 'Elephant hide' set, with its pattern of rings on the front covers of the books. The red topstain is the colour of blood, and the head and tail bands really set the books off nicely. This ed. uses 'Monument' wove paper.

If future values are of concern to you, then the one to go for would probably be the limited edition of 2002. This, with its corresponding editions of TH and Silm, is a very nice looking set; printed on 'St. Paul's' wove paper, and quarter bound in Morrocan goatskin with sides of Indian silk. Only 1750 numbered copies of each; I imagine they sold out fairly quickly?

I like the illustrations; Eric fraser is an extremely accomplished illustrator. The pictures were actually made by the then Princess Margarethe (now H.M. Queen Margarethe) of Denmark, who loved LotR so much, she made a series of drawings based on the story and sent them to Tolkien, who was very taken with them. However, they're not really up to publication standards, so Eric Fraser was asked to 'realise' them for publication, and I think they work very well.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 6:18


Re: Recent Tolkien events
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Thanks again, Trotter *I was looking in entirely the wrong place - don't ask!*

Good to hear Shippey again - even while scraping away at an ice-cream pot, he's always good value. It's interesting to hear his views about the value of events such as these; and that whether he'll attend another of this type 'depends on where it's held' or words to that effect. Personally, I think anyone organising such an event would be better off looking into venues in Oxford or, if that's too expensive, around the 'real' Shire - ie Birmingham! Wales - West Wales, at that - has little or no connection with the Shire, and is also a bit remote for most folk in the UK. Handy if that's where one happens to live mind you; but that doesn't strike me as being a good reason for holding an event there.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 5:43


Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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bruffyboy, interesting blog. I look forward to future instalments

Posted on: 2010/8/23 5:07


Re: Super Deluxe values
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I prefer lower numbers.

I received my copy of the SD The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun the other day. It is sitting on my bookshelf next to the SD The Children of Hurin. I have not opened either of these and am in no rush to do so. I can really only judge them by photos, tho I do think the cases look attractive. I know it has been said before but I must comment on the sizes. I think it lazy that they do not fit in size. It makes no sense.

I have previously mentioned this on another thread but I find it almost surprising that both of these titles have not sold out, especially S&G. In my opinion S&G being the first deluxe edition would be a definite for a book collector to own.

I understand that the quality of S&G compared to CoH is not good; why is this opinion formed?

Of course the prices are ridiculous and the edition is perhaps a little large and the initial S&G discount price was not wise as it may undermine the perceived value.

I can’t help thinking tho that had of this been sold by a company like The Folio Society it would have long since become sold out. The limited editions they sell can move quite fast. I guess their books are of a higher quality. Harper Collins are not great at promoting their books either.

It will be at least fifty years before these books start achieving true higher prices. One some have been opened, read, lost, and the ridiculous prices of the current ones for sale by private booksellers are over.

Re-reading it my post is a bit of a jumble of ideas and not strictly fitting into the title of ‘Super Deluxe Values’, but I had to have my say somewhere. : D

For the record an edition of the SD S&G is lost in transit, which could mean anything I guess.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 5:02


Re: Recent Tolkien events
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I edited my original post, Tom starts at 52 minutes 35 seconds into the podcast.

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