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1991 HarperCollins Hardback Slipcase Lord of the Rings
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I recently acquired a second copy of the 1991 HarperCollins Lord of the Rings Hardbacks with John Howe Covers in a red slipcase. This is the link to the item on Deagol's excellent site.

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/html/lotr-sc-hc_1.htm

I was suprised to notice that it was not the same size as my existing slipcase set and that there are at least two variants of this set.

One set is 11.2 cm (width of the slipcase) and is a light red colour.

My second set is 11.9 cm (width of the slipcase) and is a darker red colour.

I was also suprised to see that the books are not interchangeable as they are sized for the slipcases, so the books are also different widths. The books are not interchangeable as the slipcases are designed to fit the width of the books. It looks like the binder either fractionally increased or decreased the width of the books by a few millimeters during the binding process and so a second slipcase had to be made to accomodate. Internally they all show as first printings of this edition and are bound from the same sheets.

If anyone has one of these boxed sets, can you measure it as I am interested in finding out which width is the more common.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/11/6 22:37


Re: The wonders of eBay
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TOLKIEN: THE HOBBIT 70th Anni Rare SLIPCASED HB EDITION

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TOLKIEN-THE-HOB ... ks_UK?hash=item20adf900e1

I think this seller must use a different dictionary definition of "rare" to me, as I can not think of any circumstance that the accepted dictionary definition fits this item or come to think of it most of the other items listed as "rare" on ebay.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 23:10


Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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I'd thought about attending but the prices have put me off, to see the conference and the Tolkien items you are looking at about £250.

Then add travel and accommodation costs, for me another £250 at least and I live in the UK. I'm unlikely to attend.

The guest list does look interesting though.

Posted on: 2009/10/26 1:10


Re: link
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There is no problem with the fascimile signature in "Tree and Leaf" that you bought, so at least you have one good fascimile signature.

Did you read the article mentioned in the eBay description on the Tolkien Library in particular this section

"Always remember that Tolkien did not autograph many books and most of the authographs can be found on UK editions, seldom they are seen on US editions (allthough there are exceptions). Even the most genuine looking authograph could be a fake in the end, so buying signed books stays a tricky business."

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/fascimilesignatures.htm

How did it get from the US to the UK and back again for him to sign it? Why would he have signed this copy? I don't see any of these points being addressed in the description of the item on eBay.

Posted on: 2009/9/27 10:00


Another very suspect item
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