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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Alpingloin:
The construction of the new S&G just doesn't seem to be of the same quality as the CoH and I really dislike the flat spine. It is not as attractive, and just doesn't feel as nice in your hands. The CoH had nicer leather (morocco), the hinges functioned better, the sewn binding seemed tougher, the raised spine ribs were more pronounced, and the red and gold foil stamping gave the book a very striking appearance. While I don't mind the S&G clamshell color (it is a nice rich, rusty brown), the color scheme of the book itself is very drab and dull, and the single color gold stamping does little to highlight or contrast the creamy beige leather.


I agree with all of the above. I actually really like the colour and texture of the traycase, but the colour of the book itself is just bland. I guess little things make all the difference on the construction, and this book has many little differences, of which none seem to be improvements. On the CoH, the stamping of the JRRT on the back (and on the traycase) is very deep, but on S&G it almost looks painted on because there is no indentation whatsoever into the leather.

When I look at the CoH it feels solid, sharp, textured and well defined. The S&G just feels.... vague.

I don't want to be overly negative, I do think it is a nice book, but I think last time we got something really special (as we should have for 350 pounds!!) and this time we only got something ordinary (and even "just" 250 pounds should be a cut above ordinary).

Posted on: 2009/6/5 17:12


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For those interested, the Dominic Winter Book Auctions have some Tolkien books up for sale in a couple upcoming auctions: http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/

Hope you find something you like.

Josh

Posted on: 2009/6/5 16:38


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Stu wrote:
I liked the look of the CoH SD so much that this one had a lot to live up to and it just doesn't quite hit the spot.


I completely agree, Stu. I had copies of the two books out for comparison last night. Unfortunately, some of the points that differentiate the standard Deluxe editions (since HC switched printers from LEGO Spa to Clays Ltd), have apparently been carried over into the Super Deluxe Editions as well. The construction of the new S&G just doesn't seem to be of the same quality as the CoH and I really dislike the flat spine. It is not as attractive, and just doesn't feel as nice in your hands. The CoH had nicer leather (morocco), the hinges functioned better, the sewn binding seemed tougher, the raised spine ribs were more pronounced, and the red and gold foil stamping gave the book a very striking appearance. While I don't mind the S&G clamshell color (it is a nice rich, rusty brown), the color scheme of the book itself is very drab and dull, and the single color gold stamping does little to highlight or contrast the creamy beige leather. The book design does little to invoke the feeling of an epic Norse legend, or any sort of Viking toughness. (I will point out that I actually like the ribbon and hinged panel system inside the new clamshell (for removing the book), and in my case, it functions well enough.)


Stu wrote:
Odd that they still haven't put any proper pictures up on the website showing the book.


Perhaps this lack of showcasing is intentional. Unless they employ some trick lighting (again), images of this book are unlikely to have collectors reaching for their credit cards (IMHO).

Posted on: 2009/6/5 6:23


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Odd that they still haven't put any proper pictures up on the website showing the book. I would have thought that the super-deluxes need a bit of power-selling with nice pictures, etc. They did that initially with CoH, but haven't done so at all with S&G. I can't see there being *that* many people willing to part with 250 pounds sight unseen. I think it will probably grow on me, but I liked the look of the CoH SD so much that this one had a lot to live up to and it just doesn't quite hit the spot (albeit a very nice book).

Posted on: 2009/6/4 18:31


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alpingloin wrote:

So, it looks like HC's marketing of this book must have worked fairly well. If (Deagol) got #30 at 10:00AM, and Trotter got #73 at noon, then they were selling at a pretty decent pace. My order was placed at 2:00AM on the 21'st (due to the delay for U.S. ordering), so I am quite a way behind you guys. I think I will be quite lucky to get a number less than 120.


Well, I just got my copy today, and surprisingly, I got #41. I now have #35 CoH and #41 S&G. Almost a match!

Posted on: 2009/6/4 15:27



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