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Re: Mystery Page in 50th Anniv Hobbit I Bought
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Christina and I have a copy of this too, which I document in the Descriptive Bibliography, p. 63, as "another, presumably later impression [of the Houghton Mifflin 50th anniversary edition] (but simultaneous publication?)". The "H" at the foot of the copyright page, absent from other copies, suggests a later or subsequent printing, and I suppose (at this great distance of time) that I had some evidence that this copy came out at the same time as the others we owned, probably from knowing then when we acquired them. Houghton Mifflin may well have needed multiple printings before publication to meet demand. In our copy, the original title-leaf was similarly removed a little roughly, as shown by the tear at the bottom, but the cancel leaf has been pasted in better, so that the rough stub isn't obvious unless one looks closely.

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Re: What was the first copy of the Hobbit, LOTR and the Sil that you owned?
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For The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: the Ballantine paperbacks with Barbara Remington covers. This was in 1970.

For The Silmarillion, the Houghton Mifflin first edition, bought on publication in 1977.

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A friend of mine has just gone formally into business as Carpe Librum books, and has a few Tolkien items: a set of the Ace Books Lord of the Rings, near fine, $250; a first American Smith of Wootton Major, fine in dust-jacket with a chip at the bottom of the spine, $50; Marion Zimmer Bradley's Men, Halflings, and Hero Worship, very good or better condition, $150; and a first of Lin Carter's Tolkien: A Look behind "The Lord of the Rings", very good-plus, $5.00.

I might also mention that another bookseller I know, Second Life Books, has copies of Tolkien works in translation.

Wayne

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Re: Tolkien Letter
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This letter sold in October for $1,500 at Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills, and is now being offered by University Archives in Westport, Connecticut for $3,500.

Wayne

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We can't find that we were ever informed of the print runs of either edition - which isn't unusual. The publisher informs us, rather, in our royalty statements, how many copies have been sold. Even then, it's not a straightforward question of print runs, as the original hardback had UK and US editions (probably more copies of the latter), followed by trade paperbacks, and the UK trade paperback comprised some copies of the hardback, stripped and put into wrappers, and some copies of a new printing with a few corrections (see TolkienBooks.net). Then HarperCollins decided to bring the work back into hardback in 2004, for the Lord of the Rings 50th anniversary, anticipating demand; and recently, we encouraged Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring out a new reprint of their paperback edition, as we had been informed of sufficient demand for university course purposes.

If we had to make a guess, and it can be no more than that, we'd say that the original hardback had 25,000 copies (UK and US combined), and maybe 5,000 copies each of the trade paperback and of the 2004 hardback.

It is interesting that so few of the 2004 copies show up for sale. Could it be that some of those advertised secondhand as the 1995 edition in fact are the later edition?

Wayne & Christina

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