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Those confounded spaces
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Hi all,

I've been noticing of late that most books published with Tolkien's initials have no spaces (in other words, they look like "J.R.R." instead of "J. R. R."). This was not so common in the past, if you go back through older publications.

I thought it might just be a printing style or some such, but in recent works (for example, I did a sample check of Tolkien Studies), only Tolkien's initials are compressed - other initials have spaces between the letters and periods.

Is this something the Estate prefers, or just shorthand that everyone is adopting? Anyone know, or have opinions?

Posted on: 2008/5/26 12:29
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Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Thanks for the link! Very handy for the search function, and fun to browse (so I don't crack the flaking spine on my paperback if nothing else).

Posted on: 2008/5/26 2:16
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Re: Easton Press (The Silmarillion)
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Hi Brian,

sorry for the delay, was out of town this past week.

You will likely want to start at Easton Press Silmarillion page on TCG. I recently talked with the staff of Easton Press to answer a lot of these kinds of questions, because it really is so hard to tell. According to them, there really is no way to tell which printing you have - the book has been in continuous publication since 1999, with no indication of printing whatsoever - they just run off a few thousand more whenever they are running low on copies. Some other titles, (for example the Father Christmas Letters) only had a single print run, and are thus a bit more collectible at this time, though of course they could run off another printing and reduce the rarity of that title at any time.

All of the books are of very high quality, and look and feel quite nice. Unfortunately the Children of Hurin matches the trade edition size, not the other Easton Press book sizes, so it looks a bit puny next to the other Easton Press titles on your bookshelf.

There may be some very subtle printing codes or manufacturing differences between print runs, but I have never had two copies in hand at the same time from obviously different time periods, to compare and contrast. No one on staff knew of any, so even if one or more was found, there would be no way to determine priority.

Posted on: 2008/5/22 22:54
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Re: Castles in the Mists trip reports?
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Ted Nasmith posted his summary on his blog...

Ted Nasmith's blog

Posted on: 2008/5/4 23:23
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Re: Bilbo's Last Song puzzle....anyone know it's worth?
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Hi Parms,

Checked one of mine, and it has 532 pieces (19x28). Not all of them may be cut the same way (see this International Polygonics Article for some more information.)

For value, it must have all pieces, and all must be in good shape. Also, the box condition is a huge factor. A complete puzzle in nice shape, but in a beat up box, is probably somewhere around $15-25 from what I have seen recently. A mint box with an incomplete puzzle in it is probably somewhere around the same (because someone will want to move their pieces into a nicer box). Both together is a somewhere north of $50 I think, with examples going for much less if you are lucky on eBay, or more if you happen to bid against another interested collector.

These prices probably won't apply in the near future, but I was watching them closely for a while when I was writing that article linked to above.

Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2008/4/26 21:58
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