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Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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We were inspired to put up a blog post ourselves about the north Staffordshire claims. Their history has a lot of twists and turns. We couldn't find out if The Swan in Leek still has a "Tolkien Room": the owners who named it were evicted a couple years on, and the pub has now been bought by a corporation who are renovating.

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Posted on: 2012/9/5 4:28


Re: CT 2012 French Language Article/Interview in Le Monde
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Khamul wrote:

In terms of the movie tie-in covers, I think The Tolkien Estate probably doesn't have a great deal of leverage here. I would think it's HarperCollins who have (historically & presently) pushed the movie covers. Are the Estate really going to start arguing with their publisher?; probably not recommended. Plus, it looks from papers in the public domain that both GA&U and Tolkien had certain "rights" to future movie adaptations i.e. cuts of profits (--although never artistic interference.) HarperCollins presumably can exercise these rights independent of the Estate i.e. arrange movie covers.

We have every reason to believe that the Estate has indeed exercised influence on HarperCollins to minimize the effect that Stu refers to, of 'cementing a relationship between the books and the films'. Naturally, the publishers of Tolkien's works want to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the Jackson films; and although members of the Estate may dislike the film adaptations, like Tolkien himself in his day, they recognize that his publishers have a stake in his works too. But a publisher needs to keep in the good graces of a copyright holder who is also the source, from time to time, of other material to publish; so although HarperCollins, at least for their own editions, have issued film tie-in editions of Tolkien's works, the covers always have been subdued, with no images of the principal actors except in silhouette -- instead, Black Riders, towers, a wide shot of an indistinct army, the Ring. Less control is evidently possible, however, for foreign, sub-licensed editions -- in America, those from Ballantine Books especially tend to be plastered with close-ups of Elijah Wood et al. -- or for "making of"-type books about the films.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2012/7/12 18:54


Re: A Spring Harvest
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We've had a few instances of ABE orders being canceled because the book was previously sold, but in all those cases, the seller also had a web presence or an open shop, or also sold by printed catalogue. None of which made us any less disappointed or annoyed, but we understood. We too looked up Strawberry Hill Books and couldn't find that they sell anywhere but on ABE. There certainly doesn't seem to be any way to make a "reservation" through ABE's automated system. Like Stu, we suspect that someone wrote to the seller, having found the book already sold, and made a private offer; or it could be that the seller, having seen the "unprecedented response", realized that he had seriously underpriced the book and canceled the sale in order to re-list or sell otherwise at a higher price. Although ABE's sellers policy doesn't expressly forbid this sort of behavior, it does require prompt responses to sales, frequent updates of the database to remove sold books, and maintaining a high standard of sales completions in order to be a seller in good standing.

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Posted on: 2012/4/22 11:14


Re: A Spring Harvest
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The wants notice from ABE showed up in our e-mail sometime around 8:30 pm Eastern Time last night, though it's time-stamped 6:03 pm. I jumped at it, but it had already sold. Apparently there are a lot of factors that affect when these notices reach an individual's in-box, and delay can be significant.

We already have A Spring Harvest, just not in the dust-jacket. I paid 7 pounds and postage for the copy many years ago, having found it in the catalogue of a bookseller specializing in World War I poetry (those were the days!). For the Bibliography I described a fragmentary jacket from the Bodleian copy.

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Posted on: 2012/4/17 18:44


Re: BMC - Last Issue?
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The final issue was no. 328, dated Christmas 2010 (following after 327 for December 2010). We subscribed, and were sorry to see it end.

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Posted on: 2012/4/1 11:34



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