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Re: The Appendices of The Lord of the Rings
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Re: OCR, one of the issues we describe in our blog post, as mentioned by Trotter at the start of this thread, was an aspect of layout rather than of text: an indent which seemed out of place, indeed is unique in the Tale of Years. It's not necessarily wrong as a matter of style, but because it was unusual it was questioned, and the questioning revealed two errors previously undetected. The second issue we dealt with concerns a date in the Bolger family tree (first published in 2004) which a reader noticed was different from that given in Peoples of Middle-earth, so was not a point of textual change over the course of editions and printings of LR.

Christina noticed the "wild kine" / "wild white kine" difference in Appendix A after the 2004 printings of LR. We sent in a correction for the 2005 printing, and noted it in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 809. Like so many errors, it had crept in with resetting for the 1994 HarperCollins edition.

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Re: Paperback Rings Printing Dates/Numbers
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For The Fellowship of the Ring, the cover began to feature Tolkien's own art after the 40th printing (March 1973) and no later than the 43rd (September 1973). For The Two Towers, the cover changed after the 34th (August 1972) and no later than the 40th (September 1973). For The Return of the King, the cover changed with the 40th printing (September 1973), which leads me to suspect that all three volumes changed at that time.

The basic information is in the Descriptive Bibliography, p. 119, with some later correction.

Wayne

Posted on: 2015/11/11 5:00


Re: New Book Releases
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I may have spotted a minor typo in The Art of LoTR - page 140 says, "A similar rendering of Minas Tirith, but with a remarkably high tower, appears in a later, circa 1946 panoramic view, fig. 136)." Should this refer to fig. 137?


Yes, it should, thanks. The error crept in, ironically, in the process of making corrections during copy-editing.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2015/10/10 12:10


Re: Dye Colour 1978 1st Impression 4th Edition UK Hobbit
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Christina and I have looked at our two copies of the first printing of this edition and at my working papers for the Descriptive Bibliography. My description of the top edge staining as "dark green" came originally from Douglas Anderson, based on his copy of the book, but when looking at other copies, including Christina's and the one at the British Library, I evidently found them to match.

Color descriptions of course are subjective, based on one's eyes, lighting, and condition of the item, which is why it's good to have a number of copies to physically compare. One of our copies, which has stood on a shelf for many years among other single copies of The Hobbit, has a top edge which is clearly blue, but also clearly faded. This may be due to light (room lighting, at least), or to dust which can cause chemical change; also, some dyes are more prone to fading than others.

The other copy we have, however, is part of the boxed set The Tolkien Library, has never been read, and has been protected all these years from both light and dust within a heavy slipcase. On this copy, the top edge is stained dark green - with a distinct blue element, to be sure, evident as one turns the book in the light, but then green = blue + yellow so this is to be expected.

I also compared these copies with copies of The Silmarillion, and to me the blue (or apparent blue) stains are of different values. Again, this could be subjective.

It's possible, of course, that some copies of the 1978 first impression were stained dark green, which would make sense, given its green cloth binding, while others were stained a dark blue. In any case, it's an interesting point.

Wayne

Posted on: 2015/3/13 4:59


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.

Wayne

Posted on: 2015/2/24 5:11



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