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Re: We have pleasure in sending the accompanying book for review...
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I dug up my notes on the US Silmarillion.

The book and letter were sent out August 10, 1977. The book appeared to be identical to the trade 1st edition in all regards, but I don't have it in hand to verify 100% any more. Given the size of the print run, there is essentially no chance whatsoever that they were still making changes to the text at this late date.

For the review copies (Advance Reading Copies or ARCs for short) that I have seen for the HOME series, they are mostly non-finished text bound in simple paper wrappers - clearly sent out much further in advance than the Silmarillion copy I saw. I did have a review copy of The Book of Lost Tales Part I that was just one of the trade 1st edition copies (printed in Great Britain) with an ink stamp on the top of the page block that said "not for resale".

Douglas Anderson in The Annotated Hobbit (p. 15 Revised and Expanded edition, 2002) states that the book was printed in June, but withheld from release until the fall in order to let review copies be sent out and to target the Christmas market.

Posted on: 2008/6/15 12:46
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Re: Help: Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection Possibilities?
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Hi Jay,

an interesting article on the Tales From the Perilous Realm with insider information can be found at The Tolkien Library here:

Tales_from_the_Perilous_Realm on TolkienLibrary.com

In it Pieter mentions that it is still quite uncertain if the Deluxe edition will ever get made.

For your questions:

1) Can we assume that deluxe edition A is complete, meaning The Children of Hurin (and Tales from the Perilous Realm) will probably not be released as deluxe edition A?


Yes (in my mind). There is no known plan to go back to the leather/india paper format to match newer titles to this.

2) Is the following link of Tales from the Perilous Realm deluxe edition B?


If it gets made, it should be. Note that there is no guarantee that it will match the exact size and format of previous editions. Even for your "type A" some of the books were different heights, so they don't look quite right next to each other on the shelf.

3) Is Tales of the Perilous Realm related to the original four books for it to be released as deluxe edition B?


Not quite sure what you mean? HarperCollins does Deluxe editions of titles that they think will sell enough copies to make it worth while. If they think this book will sell a lot of deluxe copies, they'll make it.

4) History of Middle Earth Vol. I, II, III originally started getting released since 1983, meaning it's like the 25th anniversary right now, and they are definitely related to the original four books, so are there any plans for them to be released as deluxe edition B?


Not that I know of. They have been released in original HC, paperback, the three india paper/black slipcase edition, then a boxed set of the three volume set in black dustjackets, then the same 3 hardcovers in different colors as individual volumes. I'd say the deluxe market is pretty tapped out for these books, but you never know.

5) What about other books from Tolkien that are related to the original four books for them to be released as deluxe edition B in the future?


I believe HarperCollins has said that there is not enough market for Unfinished Tales to be put out in a deluxe edition, but I can't find a source for this memory. Beyond that, since The Children of Húrin did quite well, I would not doubt if someone said that Christopher was working on another polished version of something from his father's legendarium.

Posted on: 2008/6/14 23:03
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Re: We have pleasure in sending the accompanying book for review...
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I had a copy of the US Silmarillion with review slip (it has since found another home, but I kept a photocopy of the review letter for research purposes.)

I have also seen a lot of review copies for the US HOME series. There are also a couple of first edition LOTR review copies floating around (in the Marquette collection, etc.) that are essentially galleys. I don't recall seeing a copy of the review letter with them, but I will go back and check what I have tucked away. I haven't seen anything for the Hobbit.

Posted on: 2008/6/9 12:10
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1937 1st edition Beowulf: Monsters and Critics on eBay
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Saw this on eBay - quite scarce!!

eBay auction for 1937 Beowulf


Posted on: 2008/6/7 8:24
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So, um, I guess it's vaguely Tolkien related...
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Today's (June 6, 2008) Colbert Report episode had a Timbersports segment, where the two main contenders come from the USA and New Zealand respectively. After eating a kiwi fruit, the American contestant then did an axe throw into a Fellowship of the Ring DVD.

Take that, Peter.

Posted on: 2008/6/6 0:59
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