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Re: Wayne & Christina 'Addenda and Corrigenda to Our Writings'
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Thanks for that Trotter!
Just curious in case I'd missed something. I suppose the site isn't that old... (wonder if we'll ever see it!)

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Re: Assistance required with identifying first UK edition The Return of the King
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Dear Trotter,

I am sorry, after a better inspection the dust jacket is more grey (80%) than brown (20%), while the flaps are even complete grey.

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Sigi

Posted on: 2008/5/18 7:51


Re: Assistance required with identifying first UK edition The Return of the King
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Sigi,

Normally with these books, only the spine is brown from sunlight, a 50% brown dust jacket is not in fine condition.

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Re: Assistance required with identifying first UK edition The Return of the King
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Dear Trotter,

Thanks for clearing that up. I still don't understand why the 'expert' I asked advice from, still keeps claiming the dust jackets were brown; mayb he doesn't expect any copies of RotK/LotR with jackets being light-grey?

I asked the same question on Tolkienbooks.net to get a definite answer, but I am starting to think my copy of RotK is in such a fine condition that the dust jacket is for 50% light-grey and for 50% brown-faded around the text/pictures ...

Kind regards,
Sigi

Posted on: 2008/5/18 5:28


Re: Assistance required with identifying first UK edition The Return of the King
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The dust jackets for the First UK printing of the Lord of The Rings were a very light-grey colour.

Hammond (page 95) Tolkien (15th June 1954) remarks to Beard that 'the jacket is now much improved, and is rather striking. I like the grey paper used, and much prefer it to the other colours.'

As the colour is so light modern facsimile dust jackets are usually on white paper.

The paper when exposed to the sunlight turns brown. A perfect copy should be light-grey, but in nearly all cases the spine is brown and if the front or back of the books have also been exposed to sunlight then they would be brown as well.

Posted on: 2008/5/18 4:24



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