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1973 Hobbit Collectors Edition Trade vs Book Club
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Hi all,

Wondering if anyone has images of the book club edition of the 1973
green collector's edition, or knows how to identify one.

A few years ago, I picked up what appears to be a 3rd printing trade, for credit at a used book store.

I am curious, since I've read that the book club version was released in the same year. I've read that there may be distinguishing characteristics, but have been unable to find any pictures that demonstrate these.

The copyright page on my copy reads: "Third Printing H"
The page edges are green mottled. I cannot find a blind stamp mark.
Additionally, my copy has the "Rune error," which was corrected partway through the 3rd printing.

I believe this is the trade, but am not sure, as there are some issues which may indicate it is a book club edition:
1. There is a gutter code: MU1D, located on the reverse side of the map of Wilderland.
2. A hand-written gift inscription, dated March 28, 1974, indicates "Book-of-the-Month-Club. (I realize this may indicate a private book of the month group, rather than the book's actual printing origin.)

Thanks

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Oops - I was wrong about the price of one of my items; just looked at my Baynes set and I see it's marked £150. Still, not bad, eh!


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"Garm, I'm equally jealous of your signed Artist and Illustrator...it's one of my favourite books and I have been hunting for a signed copy for a long time with no luck!! Nice item"

I can't speak for Scull and Hammond, but I imagine that if you sent it to them with return postage, they would be more than willing to sign it.


I'll let them confirm that, though, as they frequent this forum quite often. :)

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Garm, I'm equally jealous of your signed Artist and Illustrator...it's one of my favourite books and I have been hunting for a signed copy for a long time with no luck!! Nice item

Dior

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Sadly, the chances of the OFT doing anything other than rubber stamping it are absolutely nil. I'm not sure if the OFT or the old MMC *ever* prevented any monopolies being formed.

Posted on: 2011/7/6 16:24



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