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HM History of Middle Earth Dust Jackets
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I was just putting some protectors on the jackets of my Houghton Mifflin set of the History of Middle Earth. While doing so, I wondered, 'Has anyone ever thought of making custom jackets for the four that do not match the rest (vols. 6,7,8,9)?' I know it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of time or money to enhance a set that isn't a seriously valuable one, but it just really bugs me that they had to change jacket designs for the middle of the series. I am just wondering if anyone out there has considered doing this, or if anyone has any idea how you might go about doing this. It would be ideal to end up with a similar paper type, metalic/gloss colors, etc., but I can't imagine it being terribly difficult with the scanning and printing technology available today.

One last note... I realize that there are copyrights and protections, but this would not be done with the intention of selling them or anything else. It would only be so that I don't have to have my set on the shelf with mismatched jackets. (Ugly, white, mismatched jackets... )

Posted on: 2009/3/12 17:59


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Not rare, I have a few copies (I think, have to go check the stack) myself that I have accumulated over the years. I do think the seller has an error, this is a hardcover edition not a paperback. Copies show up on eBay for about 1/10th that (so about $15 us or £10-12 or so).

Does remind me how pitifully behind I am updating the books section of the Guide. You can also go check out http://www.tolkienguide.us for Skwishmi's overview of US editions, this particular book is listed there as well.

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Is this a rare copy, as I don't know much about US editions

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/The-Adventures- ... ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Re: 1987 The Hobbit #13 of 500 (signed)
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I remember buying my copy, in 1999 (I shan't say how much it cost). It caused a bit of a stir at the time; because up till then it hadn't been generally known that CT had signed the first 100. A friend of mine wrote to Rayner Unwin, calling it 'a previously unrecorded variant', and got a nice letter in reply, saying that I was not to worry; he vaguely remembered sending Christopher a batch of labels to sign, and he supposed that must have been it!

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Re: 1987 The Hobbit #13 of 500 (signed)
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Thank you very much for your comments, Trotter.

That IS the book I was referring to, and you've certainly given me some food for thought. I have to admit, I found some unsigned copies and was staggered to see how much the asking price was for those and when I found THIS one I very nearly needed some smelling salts!

It is, sadly, the credit crunch that's made me think about selling the book in the first place.

Thanks again for your help.

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