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Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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Of course, if anyone should be able to attend our talk in North Adams on the 11th, we’d be happy to see you. We’ll be reading from our Tolkien Companion and Guide for about a half hour, followed by a brief question-and-answer period.

Christina fell ill in 2006, actually, and as a result we had to cancel our participation in the Exeter conference. We had never planned to be at Birmingham in 2005, as we were then working furiously to finish The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion, which had to come out that year -- and then to return to the Companion and Guide which was overdue. We don’t know yet about the Lustrum in 2011 or Loughborough in 2012.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/1 19:41


Re: Tolkien signature
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Joining this thread a little belatedly:

In regard to the book sold on eBay, if the signature is genuine, Carl's explanation as to how it got into the book seems plausible. But Beren's question about why volume 4 remains, and I'm not without doubts about that signature. The dots are indeed uncharacteristic, and it seems to me that the signer had some hesitation in writing some of the letters. Not enough to discount it entirely, just to raise some warning flags. By the way, Tolkien seems not to have frequented Queen's College, Oxford: Christina and I record in our Chronology only one reference to it, a dinner there with J.A.W. Bennett in 1946. (Tolkien also dined at Queen's College, Cambridge, but that's another animal altogether.)

I have much more trouble with the two typed items noticed by Dior. The first problem is a typewritten letter from around 1943, when Tolkien was invariably, as far as Christina and I have seen, writing his letters in manuscript. The second problem is that the typewriting doesn't look like Tolkien's -- wrong font, wrong fit of letters, atypical typos, use of spaces, and margins. And then there are the signatures, with dots askew and some letters (such as T and k) which I find questionable. Also, I have to wonder why Tolkien would type out the "Eala Earendil" quotation by itself and then sign it: this wouldn't be typical of him, so adds to my suspicions.


Wayne

Posted on: 2008/9/30 19:16


Re: Hobbit Deluxe - 1987, gold, 50 anniversary - how to recognize 1st/1st
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For the sake of completeness, I should add that Tolkien Collector 13 included the following addendum to my note in the Bibliography:

Christina and I own two variants of the hardcover book club version of A3aa. The sheets of these are distinguished from each other only by the copyright page. I use the following numbers for reference only, as I can find no evidence for priority of one over the other. In variant (1), p. [iv] reads: ‘Copyright © 1966 by J.R.R. Tolkien | [notice of restrictions under copyright] | [rule] | BOMC offers recordings and compact discs, cassettes | and records. For information and catalog write to | BOMR, Camp Hill, PA 17012. | Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 73-8769 | ISBN: 0-395-17711-1 | Printed in the United States of America’. In variant (2), the text of p. [iv] is identical to that in (1), except that the rule and the lines ‘BOMC offers . . . 17012.’ are not present and there is no gap in the rest of the text to show that any lines have been omitted.

The ‘gold imitation leather’ in which the two trade copies are bound is textured like a heavy morocco: this has tended to make the red and green stamping somewhat rough. The two book club variants, on the other hand, are bound identically in a ‘brighter gold leatherette’, a term I seem to have chosen to suggest a more cheaply made covering -- which it is, but it is also smoother, and that has allowed cleaner stamping. The edges of the sheets are not mottled green; instead, the top edge is stained orange and the fore- and bottom edges are unstained; all edges are trimmed. Each variant has yellow/green headbands, and a slipcase with a printed label, like the trade version, except that the slipcase is covered with the brighter, smoother gold imitation leather. Each lower cover has a small square stamped in blind in the lower right corner: on variant (1) the square is 3 mm, and on variant (2) it is 4 mm.

Christina and I have seen a third binding variant, with a square stamped in red on the lower cover; but I do not have this in hand, and cannot give further details about the binding or the sheets.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/8/29 4:24


Re: UK Lord Of The Rings A Reader's Companion Paperback
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Although the new HarperCollins trade paperback of the Reader's Companion is still largely the same typesetting as the original hardcover and mass market paperback editions, it does contain a number of corrections and additions, enough that, with the change of format, it can be called a new edition. We couldn't add everything: the publisher's budget wouldn't allow significant resetting, and we wanted to avoid altering page breaks as that would affect the index. Unfortunately, a few new errors were introduced in editing and typesetting, as we explain on our website (http://mysite.verizon.net/wghammond/addenda/readers2.html). We're now posting addenda and corrigenda to both editions.

Wayne and Christina

Posted on: 2008/5/21 19:59


Re: Wayne & Christina 'Addenda and Corrigenda to Our Writings'
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I've been gradually revamping our website, updating both structure and content, and it occurred to me that since we had never put up any addenda or corrigenda for the Bibliography, it didn't make sense to have a non-link. Long ago I intended to post on the Web the additions and corrections that had been published in the Tolkien Collector, but with so much else taking priority, I never got around to it.

Oak Knoll Books are interested in a second edition of the Bibliography. Khamul is right that this is still over the horizon: once Christina and I fulfilled our book contracts with HarperCollins after many years' work, we turned our attention to badly needed renovations to our house, and frankly wanted some time to catch up with reading, music, films, etc. (Also, I have a demanding day job.) In the meantime, Oak Knoll have been reprinting the original text. When the second edition Bibliography does appear, it will have a lot of rewriting as well as correction, as I know much more now about Tolkien's publishing history than I did before 1993; and of course the book will be a great deal longer, as so much more has been published.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/5/21 19:56



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