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Re: Complete Guide vs. Complete Companion?
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Urulöké wrote:
As an additional note - I tend not to use Foster/Tyler any more because I have been spending much time in the Reader's Guide and Reader's Companion volumes from Scull/Hammond. Well worth getting! Not exactly the same purpose, though.


I have to agree with Urulöké, I have both of these books but tend to use Scull & Hammond's excellent Reader's Guide and Reader's Companion.

If you don't have a copy then a revised edition is coming out later this year, probably in September

https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co ... mpanion-and-guide-2nd-ed/

Posted on: 2/5 6:05:39


Re: Black and white cover of early american hobbit?
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dunedain wrote:
Hi Trotter,

IMO its awfully hard to be better than the UK 1st or 2nd impressions. But, I do like the larger size of the US. Made for more comfortable reading, to me.


I had forgotten about that, and you are right, I also like the larger font size of the US edition

Posted on: 2/4 4:32:32


Re: Black and white cover of early american hobbit?
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Just made me look at the Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_editions_of_The_Hobbit, which was quoted in the eBay sale.

"Some consider the first American edition of The Hobbit to be the most beautifully designed of any edition. Houghton Mifflin chose to print it in a larger size and on heavier stock than Allen & Unwin's first edition, and they chose to include four color plates of Tolkien's original artwork."

Did anyone really think this, or is it a bit of Wikipedia nonsense?

The UK first edition, second impression gets my vote on being a better edition, because of the damage done to Tolkien's illustrations by Houghton Mifflin in the US Hobbit first edition.

Posted on: 2/3 13:36:26


Re: Black and white cover of early american hobbit?
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I have to say that I am not sure of the answer to this, most US Hobbit's, that are library copies, that I have seen have been rebound with a recreation of the original binding, usually with the bowing Hobbit on them.

I have never seen one with the US first edition dust-jacket?

Very interesting question and would love to learn more

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Auction for UK Hobbit 1st edition/2nd impression
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Description: (Modern Literature) 1 Vol. Tolkien, J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel). The Hobbit. London: George Allen, (1937). First edition, second printing. 8vo, original black-stamped green cloth; bottom edges rubbed, some rubbing on upper edges, covers occasionally a little scuffed, slightly cocked. With 5 plates (4 in color), full-page illustration, endpaper maps. Some scattered internal spotting. In custom cloth clam shell box.
First issue with color plates.


http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot ... ywordalertlive&utm_term=2

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