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Easton Press (The Silmarillion)
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Need some help!

I've always wanted a copy of the Easton Press' The Silmarillion; but eBay listings always have new/sealed copies, and nobody seems sure of the printing status.

Whats with the printing history of Easton Press publications? In particular when did they first print The Silmarillion?; when were subsequent printings?; and how are these differentiated on the copyright page (or otherwise)?

Any help much appreciated. Information on any of the Tolkien Easton Press publications would also be welcomed. Also, has anyone bought the CoH Easton Press yet? (and have any information/comments on it?)

Thanks,

Brian

Posted on: 2008/5/18 1:43
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Quettar back issues
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Julian Bradfield (jcb@inf.ed.ac.uk) posted the following on rec.arts.books.tolkien (alt.fan.tolkien) newsgroup(s):

Those with an interest in the history of Tolkienian linguistics might like to know that, after more than a decade of unavailability, I am in the process of making back issues of Quettar available via lulu.com. The first volume is now ready.

Further information at http://www.quettar.org/

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.books.tolkien/browse_thread/thread/cc3c19767b418a0d?hl=en

For those interested (or who missed the post) etc

BH

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Re: Tolkien's service record
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In the transcript of Tolkien's commission application "c/o Rev. F Morgan" has been incorrectly transcribed "c/o Rev. P. Morgan".

Posted on: 2008/5/17 10:37
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Re: Upcoming Dutch Auction
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Yes, I bought both. I went there in person, it's only about 40 minutes by public transport. As I got wind of this notice (courtesy of Tinfang) too late, I could not go to the viewing days.

Both lots are as described - when you note (it's described on the auction house's site somewhere) that dustwrapper not mentioned means no dustwrapper.

The Dutch first edition I got for the low estimate (which is where Bubb Kuyper always starts the bidding) of € 50, as no-one else was bidding. Adding 20% costs and sales tax (19% over the costs only) that makes € 61,90, about $ 90 at that time. The soiling of the covers is very slight indeed, the M-e map has a slight tear not really affecting the printed area, the map of Gondor c.a. a grease stain well outside the printed area.

One should note this is a real first printing, there never was any further printing of the first edition, the second printing is already second edition (Dutch publishers at that time used to number printings continuously, nowadays they usually make a mess of things). The Dutch first printing in this state, even without dw, should do about € 50 - 80 per volume, so this was cheap indeed!

The UK first edition I got for € 160, as one pre-entered bid was running against me. So with costs and tax that is € 198,08, about $ 290 at that time. There is slight wear at the ends of the spines and corners of the covers. Included was a Billing first printing Sil (with dw), and 10 other completely unrelated 70s UK titles (all hardbound with dw) of about € 10 trade value.

I think this is about par, or slightly under, for 5th/5th/3rd printing in this state without dw, the pre-entry bidder at € 155 knew what he was doing, taking into account shipping (I had to pay a few euros train fare).

Posted on: 2008/5/15 17:32


Re: What do you read?
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Aye, well, for a very long time my reading copies were the 1979 Unwin Paperbacks series (Hob, LotR, Sil, two vol. of small tales and a matching design but larger format Foster) and the Unicorn UT. So long that in fact FotR, RotK, Sil and Foster have come apart and UT almost.

In the later nineties I switched over to a HC one volume paperback for LotR (Howe's Gandalf cover).

Nowadays, my reading copy of LotR is a HM one volume paperback 50th anniversary, for Sil it is a first Billing printing A&U hardbound, since I've got two of those (one thrown in with a first edition LotR I bought at an auction). For Foster it's a 1978 A&U hardbound as well. For Hob I don't really have a reading copy, when I want to look up something I get out a 2nd annotated edition (hardbound). And I still use my old dilapidated UT.

I have bought better preserved copies of all the ruined paperbacks (exept Foster, I've got a Ballantine paperback of that, Hildebrant cover, and a Ted Nasmith HC hardbound), to stand on my shelf for old time's sake.

My HoMe 12 has also fallen apart, and 10 and 11 are about to, so in Moreton I bought a 3rd/3 volume HC hardback on the cheap, as a copy lacking the overall title page/copyright page was on offer.

Note that my reading is nearly all done in English - I have quite a few copies of all Dutch translations, but I don't really read them. When I do, I use an india paper Spectrum hardbound (2001 printing of 1996 second revision text) of LotR and the matching boxed set of Hob(2000 second revision text)/Sil(2000 first revision text)/UT(2000 printing of 1998 first revision text). When I need to check on the 2003 third revison texts of LotR and Hob I usually very carefully open the Alan Lee illustrated editions, issued in 2003 as a boxed set only, for which those revisions were specifically made. I do so certainly for the appendices, as all subsequent editions either lack appendices or include the 1996 text of those.

O, and I do have a dilapidated Dutch Hob from childhood, 1975 Prisma paperback with a Shire banquet on the covers. Must have read that to that state in the four years before I switched over to English - and the rest. I found it back about four years ago in my mother's garage.

Posted on: 2008/5/15 9:44



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