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Re: 1991 HarperCollins Hardback Slipcase Lord of the Rings
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I just measured both my sets. One 11.1cm and the other 11cm (the difference probably being due to the second one being tightly shrinkwrapped - If I measure the second set at the middle rather than the top of the slipcase, it measures 10.5cm - again due to the way the slipcase curves inward with the shrinkwrapping).

Interesting that there appears to be another variant. In any case my two seem to match your 11.2cm set.

Posted on: 2009/11/7 3:19


1991 HarperCollins Hardback Slipcase Lord of the Rings
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I recently acquired a second copy of the 1991 HarperCollins Lord of the Rings Hardbacks with John Howe Covers in a red slipcase. This is the link to the item on Deagol's excellent site.

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/html/lotr-sc-hc_1.htm

I was suprised to notice that it was not the same size as my existing slipcase set and that there are at least two variants of this set.

One set is 11.2 cm (width of the slipcase) and is a light red colour.

My second set is 11.9 cm (width of the slipcase) and is a darker red colour.

I was also suprised to see that the books are not interchangeable as they are sized for the slipcases, so the books are also different widths. The books are not interchangeable as the slipcases are designed to fit the width of the books. It looks like the binder either fractionally increased or decreased the width of the books by a few millimeters during the binding process and so a second slipcase had to be made to accomodate. Internally they all show as first printings of this edition and are bound from the same sheets.

If anyone has one of these boxed sets, can you measure it as I am interested in finding out which width is the more common.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/11/6 22:37


Re: The wonders of eBay
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'Rare' is one over-used and frequently inaccurate description. Another is 'vintage', or sometimes 'early' when applied to a copy of The Hobbit produced in the 1970s.

Posted on: 2009/11/6 16:20


Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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Further on the Festival pricing...

While it seems expensive think of it as three events at one place and time! You can just attend one part and only for a day. The individual prices are fair for each event. The VIP pass to all three makes it a bargain.

Posted on: 2009/11/6 2:52


Re: The wonders of eBay
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TOLKIEN: THE HOBBIT 70th Anni Rare SLIPCASED HB EDITION

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TOLKIEN-THE-HOB ... ks_UK?hash=item20adf900e1

I think this seller must use a different dictionary definition of "rare" to me, as I can not think of any circumstance that the accepted dictionary definition fits this item or come to think of it most of the other items listed as "rare" on ebay.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 23:10



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