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Re: M. Blackburn 'Middle-earth Map' Poster
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Here is the relevant text from Green Dragon #4 (March 1968):

This is an enlarged version of the map in the hardcover LotR with additional color overlays and the routes of all the characters marked on it. Unfortunately this is on VERY large paper which would stick out of the mailing tube by about one inch. Now the map does have a very large white border so that one inch could be trimmed or folded over for mailing with small loss.

Posted on: 2/7 11:52:59
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Re: ISBN of book in 2003 Houghton Mifflin LORT Gift set
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The book itself is the same as the trade hardcover edition from this timeframe:
ISBN 0-618-26024-2

The dustjacket was created especially for the gift set. It has no price printed on it, instead having a callout "Featuring maps of Middle-earth ->" on the upper right corner of the front flap. The rear flap says "The cover for this Book and Bookends Gift Set edition was selected by visitors to TheOneRing.net. Thank you to the 13,500 individuals who participated. The Road Goes Ever On."

There is no bar-code or ISBN on the rear flap, as well.

Unfortunately this means that the dustjacket is the important differentiator, and it has no database-friendly markings on it to find in online searches. You will just have to go based off the artwork on the dustjacket, and make sure the seller is using pictures of the book in hand, and not stock photos.

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Posted on: 2/7 11:40:01
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Re: M. Blackburn 'Middle-earth Map' Poster
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I asked, he will try to get back to me soonish (maybe a week or so). He did have a good suggestion to dig deeper into the Yellowskin books of Tolkien fanzine history, where I found a tantalizing mention was made in "Green Dragon" issue 4 in March 1968. I checked my copy, which discussed the TSA maybe getting a map poster (very large, multi color) that shows the routes of the Fellowship. Sounds like a match, but not 100% definitive. Still, as the first mention of a map poster like this, it seems likely it did *not* exist in 1966 - late 1967 or early 1968 seem more probable.

I will hopefully have more info.

Posted on: 2/6 20:48:18
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Re: M. Blackburn 'Middle-earth Map' Poster
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Also, the WorldCAT entry for the map seems to think it was published in [1966?]. Probably not a bad estimate based on the lack of a zipcode and the periods in the state.

http://www.worldcat.org/title/middle-earth/oclc/29319249

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Re: M. Blackburn 'Middle-earth Map' Poster
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From the Beyond Bree "List of Tolkienalia" (1992), page 22:

"MIDDLE EARTH": top, "BEING A MAP PURPORTING TO TRACE THE DIVERS ROUTES TAKEN BY THE COMPANIONS OF/ THE RING DURING THEIR HEROIC AND HISTORICAL JOURNEYS THROUGH MIDDLE EARTH -". Center - map. Bottom, "MIDDLE EARTH"; left corner, "Based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS/ BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN' AUTHORISED by -/ The American Publisher Houghton Miflin [sic] Co."; right corner, "Bruin Inc, Publisher/ 342 Madison Ave, N.Y., N.Y."; 3-color, no date, 30x40".

The footnote says that there is a photocopy of one in the Hunnewell collection. I can inquire if he remembers anything else about it, if you like.

Posted on: 2/6 17:57:46

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