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Middle Earthworm Posters
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I was reading the entry for 7th November 1972 in the Chronology from The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Wayne & Christina (page 768) and noticed the following quote from Tolkien to Rayner Unwin.

I assume that Tolkien is referring to these posters.

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/w ... =Middle+Earthworm+Posters

'Many of our "public schools" are filled with the most degraded posters purporting to be illustrations of The Lord of the Rings. I provided Miss Hill with a copy of a fearful thing bearing in enormous letters GOLLUM which I believe she has sent to United Artists. These things appear to be produced in America .... They are even on sale in reputable bookshops like Blackwell's' (Tolkien-George Allen & Unwin archive, HarperCollins).


I am also slightly confused by the entry for the 13th November 1972 on the same page

Rayner Unwin writes to Tolkien. Oz have apologized after Allen & Unwin issued a writ. They will try and suppress the posters.


Oz were importing and selling Ballantine copies of The Lord of the Rings in the UK which was a copyright infringement hence the writ, but were they also importing and selling the posters?

Posted on: 2010/7/10 1:38

Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/10 1:53:11
Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/10 4:21:25
Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/10 4:22:01


Re: What do people think of this item
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It looks lovely to me. Signed on all three title pages? Wow! Pity I can't afford it. I'd like to know its story - that is, who it was signed for, and how it comes to be for sale. garm


From this article it looks like it was Pauline Baynes personal copy of the book and some of the other items in the sale were also from Pauline Baynes collection.

http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com ... n.asp?catid=73&docid=3633

Posted on: 2010/7/9 23:25


Re: UK HOME Hardback Reissues
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Ok, will the collectors who asked for the HarperCollins boxed sets please step forward and identify themselves! And perhaps some images would be very very nice. Thanks!

Posted on: 2010/7/9 16:25
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I was going to come back with 'yeh, but the price is still horrific' --but it actually isn't that bad. The slipcases are quite good too; they'll serve their function at least.

Does anyone remember, (I'll go back and find the original post), that a slipcased deluxe set of HoME came up on eBay in 2007?! Has anyone any recollection of this, or any pictures saved?

I emailed David Brawn, and he had the follwing to add:-

We had planned a slipcased set, but unfortunately a production problem resulted in the heights of the three volumes being marginally different, which meant the slipcases didn't really look good enough. A few prototype empty slipcases were produced, and I think that as we had them we sent a couple out to people who wrote in at the time specifically asking for one, but as far as I can remember we never did a production run. We ended up producing a much more successful trilogy of combined volumes without the anguish of Bible paper, leather binding, and all the production headaches those things entailed! We did release that set in a slipcase for a while.

-David Brawn (Private email 9th July 2010)


Interesting...

BH

Posted on: 2010/7/9 6:19
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Re: What do people think of this item
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Andy's already shown Hilary's Hobbit at Moreton, a couple of years ago. it's very nice - I'd like to see it again.

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