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Re: Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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>I find this book impossible to get hold of. In fact I think they only printed 5 copies to tease collectors like me

It's was the hardest book to find in my collection. It becamse a kind of holy grail, as it took me several years to find a copy. If I hadn't seen a picture of it, I wouldn't have believed it existed! When I did find it, I was lucky enough to get an unread copy in near perfect condition. It cost 40 pounds, which was seemed fair given its rarity. I would love to know how many copies were printed.

> I have a 1st/4th BOLT1 and the spine has gone a horrible purple shade because of sun-damage, I really do not want this to happen to my main set.

I have only seen spine fading on later printings of the 1st of BoLT 1, never on the 1st/1st. Certainlty the 3rd printing(s) start off as a much more blue colour than the fairly black 1st printing, and I suspect these later ones use a less stable dye. I would just go with a good quality jacket protector that protects against UV and keep them out of direct sunlight (behind glass if possible). Mine have been on show for the last 5 years in this manner with no noticeable fading. Not much point in having them just to look at the page edges! :)

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Posted on: 2009/2/4 13:38


Re: New illustration titled "Melkor's Theme" by John Howe
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This is the link to Doug's Blog

Doug Adams Blog

Posted on: 2009/2/4 11:20


Re: Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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It is also possible to get the hard-to-find 1992 HC Unfinished Tales that matches UK HoME rather well (apart from the JRRT on the spine)...


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I find this book impossible to get hold of. In fact I think they only printed 5 copies to tease collectors like me

I also can't lovingly look at my HOME's any more as I took Khamul's advice and turned them round so the spines are inwards. but it is a good idea, I have a 1st/4th BOLT1 and the spine has gone a horrible purple shade because of sun-damage, I really do not want this to happen to my main set.

Posted on: 2009/2/4 11:05


Re: Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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Eric, I wish I did have the greatest collection, but I suspect mine is actually one of the smallest of those who frequent this site (just a couple of hundred books and a couple of dozen calendars). It has still taken me a good while to acquire, mind, and I have no real desire to (greatly) increase the size of it, especially in the current economic climate.

The books pictured are indeed in Mylar DJ protectors which make them look a bit more shiny (but provide good protection from fingers and UV). UK HoME are quite prone to getting a scuffed matte finish, but I am quite lucky that most of my copies were ordered in from the same bookshop and therefore didn't get any shelf-wear pre-purchase, so they are actually relatively glossy even without the protectors. They do look nice on the shelf, and I can often be found looking at them lovingly (to my fiancee's great amusement).

On the subject of DJ fading, one of my copies of SD has very mild fading, but the other copy has always been behind glass and never in direct sunlight and is still completely uniform. None of the other books (including WOJ) have any fading. The only real aging I have noticed is toning to the page edges on WOJ and Peoples. These seem to have been printed on much poorer quality paper than the other books.

Stu

Posted on: 2009/2/4 1:23


New illustration titled "Melkor's Theme" by John Howe
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My first post here so I'm not sure if this is in the right place. Admins please feel free to move it to an appropriate location if required.

Okay, to get to the point. I'm not sure how many of you are LOTR-movie fans and are aware that the Complete Recordings of the score written by Howard Shore for the movies has been released over the past 3 years.

This year, the accompanying book by Doug Adams "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films" will finally be released. Doug says, "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films was written to honor and evoke J.R.R. Tolkien's writing. As such, the concept of the Music of the Ainur is a recurring device."

Doug revealed today that the book will also include a specially comissioned illustration by John Howe titled "Melkor's Theme" to reflect everything that the book represents.

Concerning the illustration, Doug says, "...it's a stunning work - a vortex of detail that exposes layers of details and nuance with each viewing. Here Howe has depicted, for the first time that I'm aware, the face of Melkor and the fury of his contact with a dawning world."

A "teaser" of the image can be seen over at Doug's blog, where you can also find more information about the book in the FAQ section, and an Ongoing Discussion each month where you can discuss the movies/music/upcoming book with Doug and fellow fans.

Posted on: 2009/2/4 1:18
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