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Re: Lord of the Rings first US edition/impression dust jackets
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Thank you VERY much for the information, I appreciate it!
Jennifer

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Re: Lord of the Rings first US edition/impression dust jackets
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Hi Jeniveve - the info. about the dust jackets of the HM 1st ed. LotR is quite involved. Steve Frisby made a masterly study of the variations in the first US edition, back in 1999; including much about the dust jackets. This was published in a magazine called _The Tolkien Collector, written and published by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull. Here's a link to their page.

http://mysite.verizon.net/wghammond/collect.html

The article was published in three parts, in issues 20, 21 and 22. Unfortunately back issues aren't available at the moment; I suggest you contact Wayne and Christina and see what the situation is.

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Lord of the Rings first US edition/impression dust jackets
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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone out there could tell me where I might find a list of points to identify US Houghton Mifflin first edition/first impression dust jackets for all 3 books in The Lord of the Rings trilogy ('54, '55, '56). The books have been confirmed however I have not been able to find dust jacket information anywhere...
Many thanks in advance,
Jennifer

ps: wow 33 people viewed my post and no one has any suggestions as to how I might verify what I have? Yikes. Not even the name of a book I could buy with this information in it? Does it exist at all?
Thanks for anyone willing to assist!

Posted on: 2009/1/18 23:32


Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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I am a former employee at Loome's, but this list was created before my time working there. As a specialist in rare books and manuscripts, I took an interest in some of this material after the fact - although most of it had been scattered to the four winds. After having reviewed a specimen of the material on the Loome's catalogue I have become skeptical as to the authenticity of at least the whole lot. One allegedly signed copy appears definitely to be a forgery to me, but it is possible that authentic material was mingled with inauthentic. My advice would be to have each piece separately authenticated by an expert.

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Re: Map of Middle Earth 1970 1st Impression
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It depends on which copy of the map you have, 50 copies of the map were printed for Allen & Unwin staff and they have a 'privately printed' label on them. 7500 were also printed on Cartridge paper and then an unknown quantity on glossy paper. (From J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (page 376) by Wayne G.Hammond and Douglas A.Anderson).

The most valuable copies are the privately printed copies, some of which were signed by Tolkien and/or Pauline Baynes. Abebooks has an example of an unsigned copy for over a £1000. If you have the non-glossy poster then these are much more common, and the glossy posters are even more common. Having said that these posters do not often appear on Ebay so you may be able to get £30-£50 for it.

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