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UK Sunday Telegraph 11 December John Garth article
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what ... er-gave-birth-lord-rings/

This is in today's print edition in the Living section, a two page article.

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Re: 1955 Hobbit Question
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If the price paid to the printers was the same, then £2.9s.0d would have been 1600 copies overprinted by the binders.

If I read Deagol's notes correctly, then these would be 8th impression dust-jackets, so 1600 out of 3150 is possibly a good guess, nearly 50%.

Thanks a lot Deagol for your excellent research into this

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Re: 1955 Hobbit Question
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Deagol wrote:
I have checked back on my notes used to compile the Hobbit article.
The 2000 jackets mentioned were Houghton Mifflin not Allen & Unwin - I have amended the wording to clarify.
The 8th impression A&U jackets were delivered to the binder at the same time that the last 1000 copies of the 7th impression were being bound, so it would appear they were used instead of the correct 7th impression jackets. They were supposed to be price-clipped and overprinted with a new price of 12s.6d.


Do you have any idea how many 7th impression jackets were price-clipped and had 12s.6d net overprinted and how many 8th impression jackets were price-clipped and had 12s.6d net overprinted?

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Re: 1955 Hobbit Question
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My 7th impression does have a 7th impression dust-jacket, but I have seen quite a few copies like yours that are in the 8th impression dust-jacket, and some also have a higher price 12s6d, so quite a few original states for the dust-jackets exist.

Posted on: 2016/12/8 23:57


Re: The Lord of the Rings, First edition, 5,4,3 Allen & Unwin 1956/57
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Gastone Taffetani wrote:
Thanks for the link Trotter. Now it's clear the concept of "price-clipped". ;)

About the dust jacket you also know why is fairly common to find non matching books and dust jacket?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Anyway I will keep those books in my little collection.


Out of interest are your copies price-clipped?

As regards impression numbers on the dust-jackets, Tolkien's publisher GA&U would use up any printed dust-jackets that they had available, did not care that the impression number may be different to the impression in the book.

I have wondered for a long time, why they sometimes printed the impression number on the dust-jackets at all?

Posted on: 2016/12/6 5:04



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