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Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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I've got my copy on order!

Hey, I noticed that the calendar has not been announced on the Tolkien Society website. Drop them a note, I would think they would definitely place an announcement on their site (given that you are a smial and all...)

Work hammered me these past two weeks, so I haven't sent my questions on the calendar off yet. Soon...

Posted on: 2007/12/1 23:47
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I have posted the Calendar of the Month for December. It is the third in a series titled "Bilbo Baggins and the Fourteen" by Colin Williams.

www.angelfire.com/tn3/tolkiencalendars

Also, please consider supporting Heren Istarion by purchasing one of their 2008 calendars. It will contain illustrations by Ted Nasmith and Jef Murray and be in the Shire Reckoning format. You can check it out here:

www.herenistarion.org

For those who have ordered, we have still to receive the CD with Ted Nasmith's illustrations. It was mailed eight days ago. Even by airmail, I expect it to take 10 day to 2 weeks. Hopefully, it will arrive early next week and we will be shipping the calendar soon after.

Happy December to all!

Away from The Green Hill Country,

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Posted on: 2007/12/1 5:51
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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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All I remember since 1992 where small papers you had to fill in and receive (listen good) through the Tolkien Society. And in this way you could obtain the deluxe editions.

Then, when the HoMe Deluxe came out you could order it from Amazon and it was open for all, but still it was hard to obtain a copy.

By the way, it is funny to say, but back in 1987 up to 1996 there where a lot of these deluxe editions that had not been sold. They remained in stock (even in original mailing boxes) and finally around 1997 they sold of the stock in big lots (like for example 35 copies of the super deluxe hobbit in one go).

Now days things have changed; or it seems a bit like that. Deluxe editions are either more wanted, or there are more collectors these days.

I have been digging around, talking and listening a lot and I have learned a lot about how this edition came to be and who is behind it. And I knew about this edition already from before the release of the hardback edition. There where meetings held and suddenly the whole project was put aside or put on hold. I know when the project began to ran again and I can say it was not HC themselves who ordered this edition... and the reasons for this edition is also not the money. Let us see it as a gesture from the Tolkien family to the collecting community. Do you know that it has been a very long time since we saw any 'nice deluxe' appear... it was about time someone did speak up and demanded such a 'high' quality edition to be made...

Posted on: 2007/11/28 15:23


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Another quality Ebay item, with a very unusual signature but I suppose it is what you should expect from someone who dies 16 years before they signed the book.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-HOBBIT-J-R- ... ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

The usual request please report to Ebay, they only seem to do anything about these if a few people complain.

EDIT: I looked at it again and it could be signed by John Tolkien I suppose in which case it may be genuine, are examples of his signature anywhere on the Internet to compare with, I only have examples of Christopher and Michael's signature.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 15:23


Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I seem to have formed the HarperCollins Defence Association...!

Can I point out that 3 of the 4 books in the deluxe collection are 1st Impressions? Also, the deluxe Hobbit is still available from Amazon.co.uk (and TolkienBooks.net!) for 60 GBP. Based on current prices for the volumes at Amazon you would pay 181 GBP, so that puts the slipcase at 19 GBP - not a bargain I admit but HC aren't directly competing with Amazon in this case.

I don't believe that this set is aimed at those collectors who already have copies of the deluxe editions (I count myself as an unusual exception), rather it is for newcomers. It may take a year or two to sell them but they will sell steadily I think.

With regards to the books being sold in America, any US seller is allowed to sell HarperCollins editions. UK sellers can also sell to US buyers. It is HarperCollins (and presumably their wholesalers) that are restricted from selling copies to US dealers or individuals. If HarperCollins were to distribute any edition in the U.S., via Houghton Mifflin or with their permission, they would have to pay a royalty which (I presume) is what they want to avoid in this case.

As far as I can tell, previous deluxe editions were sold by the publisher directly and via booksellers, but the U.S. exclusions still applied. I think this is the first really expensive edition to be sold since internet shopping has become so popular, so there hasn't been the opportunity, or need, for the publisher to be the sole source before - which is perhaps why the inability of the publisher to sell directly to the U.S. hasn't been highlighted before.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 14:54



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