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What do you collect? What type of collector are you?
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Hi,

Im new to collecting tolkien books but Im a life long tolkien fan.

Im curious to hear what other people collect? I guess Im in the "completist" mode in that I would want every unique edition of JRRT's writting, not just early printings and collector's editions.

How about you? Is their a theme or focus to what you collect?

Posted on: 2009/2/2 22:29


Re: Is the old Sillmarrillion in BOLT the same as the new one?
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Yep, that means "no". The HoME is largely about the evolution of Tolkien's middle-earth related writings. It wouldn't make much sense to print an identical Silmarillion as part of HoME. I personally don't find BoLT particularly interesting (and I'm surprised that HoME ever made it past that volume). I really enjoyed everything from 'The Return of the Shadow' onwards, but can happily leave the first 5 volumes on the shelf with only the occasional browse...

Stu

Posted on: 2009/2/2 20:14


Re: Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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Eric,

You need to avoid the Book Club Editions (also often sold as 'First American Edition') which are smaller in size and printed on poor quality paper and do not have cloth on the boards. The standard trade hardback editions are all consistent in height (although the dustjackets for Return of the Shadow, Treason of Isengard, War of the Ring and Sauron Defeated are different in style than the other books, having white covers with Alan Lee paintings, rather than the non-illustrated coloured covers that the other books share).

I have attached a picture of my US and UK 1sts, so you can see what they look like.

I actually got caught out when I purchased my first copy of BoLT1, thinking it was a trade US 1/1 and ended up with a Book Club Edition that was too small. It is still sitting in a box somewhere, but I learned a valuable lesson from that $9.95 purchase, which was to check facts before bidding! The correct US 1/1 BoLT that I got a few weeks later cost me less than $15.00, so these books are not at all expensive if you are prepared to take yor time. From memory, the least I paid was about $10 and the most expensive about $30, and that's all for 1st/1sts.

Good Luck!

Rgds
Stu

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Posted on: 2009/2/2 19:58


Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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I am a new collector and have roughly 6 of the 12 Histories of Middle-Earth and Lord of the Rings, some new, some used. All hardcover.

The first two, the BoLTs seem to be shorter and less well made (no fabric glued to the back of the pages and plain cardboard black paperwrapped hardcovers) , while the others, later in the series seem to be taller and better in construction (wrapped in cloth, etc).

Is this just the way of it? Or is it actually possible to get a full set?

Enlighten me.

Please...

Eric

Posted on: 2009/2/2 19:39


Re: Is the old Sillmarrillion in BOLT the same as the new one?
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I take it that means no?

Eric

Posted on: 2009/2/2 19:27



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