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First Impression GA&U Return of the King
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Inspired by garm's comment on a copy of "The Return of the King",

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Return-of-the-K ... 87ff&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

and its mention of priority on printing errors, I was interested in this copy and its mention of the variants on the text on page 281, which is described on Neil Holford's website

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/html/1st-rotk.htm

"Variants of the text on page 281
There is another area of damaged text on the last line of page 281. There are two states, priority as follows:

1. There is a gap in the middle of the word Me n.
2. The gap has been closed - Men.

The small scale survey by Steven M. Frisby found 4 out of 10 copies checked had the defective text."

The priority for the error on page 49 has been established as

"Variants of the text on page 49
The next set of variants concern the text on page 49. Priority as follows:

1. Undamaged text. No signature mark '4'.
2. Damaged text. No signature mark '4'.
3. Damaged text. Signature mark '4' present."

and the copy on Ebay has state 3 on page 49 and state 1 on page 281, my copy has state 1 on page 49 and state 2 on page 281, which leads me to question the priorities for page 281 and that should it be

"Variants of the text on page 281
There is another area of damaged text on the last line of page 281. There are two states, priority as follows:

1. The gap has been closed - Men.
2. There is a gap in the middle of the word Me n."

On looking at my Second Impression ROTK, page 281 is state 1.

This could have occurred because the priorities for page 49 were orginally thought to have been state 3 first, in which case page 281 would have a matching gap in Me n.

What do you think? Does anyone have a copy with state 1 of page 49 and a gap in Me n on page 281?

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/9/24 22:56


Re: Tolkien the spy?
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Findegil wrote:
The Royal Navy did not exactly use the secret German traffic "to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats", as doing so would have given away the fact that Enigma was not impenetrable.


Did Bletchley Park use the deciphered traffic "to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats"?

On the whole no, they used it primarily to make sure that convoys went around the areas where the U-Boats were waiting.

Later in the in the war the information from Bletchley Park was shared with the US and both the Royal Navy and US Navy sank all the German refueling vessels for U-Boats.

The Germans never believed that the ciphers had been broken, but that copies of the codebooks had been obtained and every time they got suspicious they changed the codes that were used.

If you are interested in this area, then I recommend "Enigma" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, who had a special interest in Bletchley Park as it was his families ancestral home.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/9/20 22:12


Re: eBay: Signed CoH
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I agree that this is a good price, I have four double signed COH's, UK Trade, UK Deluxe and two Super-Deluxe editions, but if you don't have a signed copy already then I think it is worth waiting for tolkien.co.uk to have a 30% off sale on the Super-Deluxe and get that instead.

It is one of the best designed books that I own and its release has significantly lowered the value of the bookplate editions.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/9/14 10:08


Re: Linguaphone Course with Tolkien recording
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I have done some more research into this and the digital copies of the sound recordings on the British Library web site are under copyright by the British Library and Linguaphone, the copyright on this digital recording runs out in 2059. As they own the copyright on this digital copy then they can restrict its use to streaming only. I wrote to the British Library and asked them to make it available for streaming outside of the UK and it looks like they have done that, you can stream it from the US at any rate now.

The interesting point as I made earlier is that the original 78 record from 1929 is out of copyright, under UK law it expired in 1979 fifty years after that recording was made, and because it is out of copyright anyone who has access to the original record can make copies including a digital copy. If this digital copy was assigned a license such as Creative Commons License then this copy could be made available to anyone and for instance hosted on archive.org or possibly on the Tolkien Collector's Guide

Is anyone on the board able to make a digital copy of these two tracks from the original 78?

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/9/13 0:45


Another Tolkien signed item
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-HOBBIT-BY-J ... e011&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

No provenance as usual but also I have never seen a real signature where Tolkien signed directly under his printed name.

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Posted on: 2009/9/11 23:26



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