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Re: UK First Edition Silmarillion Dust Wrapper Colours
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"Minor textual differences indicate that Variant 1 was printed before Variant 2."

The description above is quite correct, the difference is on one page in the two copies.

On Page 352, 6th line from the bottom, there is an entry for Ulmo

First Variant

Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea.

Second Variant

Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea.

Because the 'and' should not be in Italics and was corrected, the second variant must have been printed after the first.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 23:24


Re: A sign?
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It looks a genuine Tolkien autograph and it seems to be an early one as well. Tolkien did use John Reuel in several occasions. Please do sent me some larger images along and some more info on the book! I'm very interested to learn more about this book.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 12:08


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I meant and forgot to mention that the 12 volumes I bought were even the hardcover editions from Houghton Mifflin.

Brian.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 11:41


Re: UK First Edition Silmarillion Dust Wrapper Colours
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I think that the topic of Silmarillion variants, though subtle and somewhat subjective, is an important and under-discussed topic. So many copies of the first impression were printed that collectors will ultimatley favor the true first state (Clowes Variant 1). I personally have 3 Clowes and 2 Billings copies of the first edition / first printing. I have one copy of the first variant Clowes and two copies of the second variant. My copy of the first variant (containing headband, blue topstain, and cloth boards) has a very dark blue dustwrapper, nearly black. The two copies of the second variant have a noticably lighter, but still navy blue wrapper. My copies of the domestic (Billings) edition are very close to the second variant Clowes wrapper. It is much easier for me to see the difference between the two Clowes variants, than between the Clowes second variant and the Billings copies. The subtle differences might be very important to those who are trying to acquire all possible variants. However, for the purpose of valuation, I think that the Clowes first variant is most important, and fortunately, most easily distinguishable.

My real reason for this post, however, is to see if anyone knows of textual variation between the first and second variant Clowes editions. On Tolkienbooks.net, it is stated,

"Minor textual differences indicate that Variant 1 was printed before Variant 2."

I have no idea what these differences may be, but would be very interested in knowing. This could come into play if ever trying to identify re-bound copies that might have been stripped of the headband, topstain, and cloth boards. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on: 2008/3/28 10:56


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A friend of mine bought a book, in which he found a sign (see the picture). He asked me if the sign could be JRRT's. I don't know if JRR ever signed "John Reuel", so I think this may be a sign of his son, John Francis Reuel Tolkien, instead.

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What do you think?

Posted on: 2008/3/28 10:36



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