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Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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Me neither. ( there were two sets for sale at the time - wish I'd bought the other set, too, now...)

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Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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I must say this is one of my favourites as well. Its a lovely set and you can feel the quality holding and looking at it. Is £600 worth it ? In my mind you will pay what you feel happy with. Some will say no way , others will agree you got a bargain but overall a great addition.
I wont tell you what i paid ;)

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Re: 1990 Unwin Hyman Deluxe LotR/Hobbit Question
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Thanks, Wayne and Christina, for the nice reply. It is possible that a previous owner replaced a damaged slipcase with a good box. I suppose the main reason I shy away from this theory, though, is because the tendency would certainly be for the box to wear before the book, thus leaving more box-less books than book-less boxes. However, that doesn't account for spilling a cup of coffee on a book while reading it!

I guess both theories are plausible, but we may never truly know what happened. I had hoped that it might have been documented somewhere that Unwin Hyman had some left over boxes from a previous A&U print run. Anyway, thanks for the input (you too Garm!).

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Re: 1990 Unwin Hyman Deluxe LotR/Hobbit Question
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My best guess has always been that Unwin had a few remaining boxes from the 10th impression and used those up on a portion of the 11th, as opposed to scrapping them. Can anyone confirm this notion? Has anyone else ever seen this book issued in a box? Has anyone seen the corresponding year's Deluxe Hobbit in a box?

Our copies of the 1990 deluxe Unwin Hyman Lord of the Rings and Hobbit are in slipcases. We have never seen that LR in a box. It could well be that Unwin Hyman used excess boxes rather than slipcases for some copies. Or (probably less likely as more complex) it could be that the book in question came from a dealer who had it without the slipcase, or with a damaged slipcase, and put it in a stray deluxe box instead. Allen & Unwin's LR box cover label didn't include their imprint, so Unwin Hyman could have taken it up without change.

Wayne & Christina

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