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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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I agree these are my favourite Folio editions of "The Lord of the Rings"

The books state they are bound in "Elephant Hide", anyone have any ideas what this means?

Posted on: 2010/9/8 11:56


Re: Essais de Philologie Moderne (1951)
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I think the correct term is "untrimmed", most modern books are made of octavo sheets (8vo) which were trimmed at the top.

Wikipedia Octavo (abbreviated 8vo or 8°) is a technical term describing the format of a book, which refers to the size of leaves produced from folding a full sheet of paper on which multiple pages of text were printed to form the individual sections (or gatherings) of a book. An octavo is a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which 16 pages of text were printed, which were then folded three times to produce eight leaves. Each leaf of an octavo book thus represents one eighth the size of the original sheet.


Most modern books are still described as "8vo" even if they have nothing to do with the above description in the way they are currently printed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavo

Some US books were not trimmed (do not know why), and it looks like these were also not trimmed properly, not ideal for a reader as it is impossible to read without trimming the top.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 11:39


Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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For under £100 this is not bad as well.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lord-Rings-Tolk ... ction&hash=item3a5e79d01a

For a second impression it is pretty good.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 11:13


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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It is very hard to say, I have the receipt from Waterstone's for the trade and deluxe edition that I bought with the date on it, but as far as I can see that is the only provenance you can get for these items, particularly as you can buy a US copy and easily transfer the plate to a UK deluxe.

I'd avoid these and for people who want a signed copy of COH, get the SuperDeluxe instead as you know the signatures are fine.

I also, as stated before, would not buy from any seller who offers a no return policy on signatures.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 11:07


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Waterstones had very large quantities of both the Trade and Deluxe Edition on the first day, it looked to me like at least 1000 Trade copies and about 300 Deluxe, so I'm also struggling with how they ran out.

The signed bookplates were on big rolls. It looked to me like Waterstone's staff applied these to the books as people went into the store, which is why they ended up in the UK Deluxe copies and not just the Trade editions (they had stated that only the first 50 people in the queue would get a trade copy with a bookplates).

I'm also intrigued that it would be very easy to move a trade bookplate to a Deluxe copy

Posted on: 2010/9/6 10:00



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