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Re: Canadian/Australian Printings
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Berelach wrote:
I hope this question isn't too vague, but can anyone tell me if, in general, did (does) Allen and Unwin (Unwin paperbacks, Harper Collins, etc.) export their Tolkien publications to Australia and Canada, or do they print them in those countries. Or maybe I should ask, which practice was more common? I realize the book will typically say where it was printed (usually on the copyright page) but there are some Canadian and Australian versions of, for example, The Lord of the Rings that seem to be identical to the British versions and state that they are printed in Great Britain. How does one tell them apart?


I would say that export was far more common, but there have been exceptions.

Can't speak too much to the Canadian side, but there have been specific Australian-market printings during the HarperCollins period. These are very much exceptions, rather than the rule.

There was a "superdeluxe" Alan Lee signed One volume LOTR that was for Australia (250 copies), which was basically the same as the UK limited edition, with the exception of some minor details. My assumption is that that one was printed at the same time and location as the UK edition, but I might be wrong (and I don't have a copy).

Children of Hurin and S&G Australian editions were printed in China/Hong Kong and are slightly different than the UK Counterparts in terms of production -- S&G has black boards (vs brown) and the CoH has boards made from a buckram-like material, rather than paper. So far as I am aware, this only applies to the first printings, and subsequent printings were just the regular UK editions exported.

There seem to have also been some variants for NZ and most likely Canada (I never saw a copy in Australia), including paperback printings of of the three-volume LOTR with ragged-edge paper, which - from memory - were printed in the USA for HarperCollins.

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Re: Poems from The Lord of the Rings
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I'm pretty sure that you will get a copy for 10 pounds or so on eBay if you don't mind waiting a couple of months for one to show up. I know one sold on TradeMe (NZ) fairly recently, and I'm pretty sure it was up for $10-15 NZD. A bundle of books including that one sold on eBay UK for 35 pounds-ish, but I'm also pretty sure that I saw one a couple of months back go for a tenner or thereabouts, although I couldn't see it looking for sold stuff.

There can't be that many people that care too much about this book, given its nature (classic unnecessary HarperCollins money-spinner)


I did come across this WTF, when looking at sold listings though. I'm not sure I really believe it sold for that, though, though, given you can get them for thirty - fifty pounds ordinarily....

eBay Item #252207844410

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Re: Poems from The Lord of the Rings
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Red wrote:
Was interested in acquiring a hardcover of the above, either a 1994 or 2002 edition. I found the prices on amazon and abe to be quite high, especially for the 2002 edition (> $400 usd on amazon). This seems a bit ridiculous; am I missing something?



Not so far as I am aware. Just usual pricing nonsense - I think I paid $10 or less (for the 2002, I assume -- I never unpacked it after moving to NZ). I don't think it is uncommon.

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Re: Extant copies of Longman's Pleasure in Reading Hobbit
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Deagol wrote:
The website image is a donation.
It is a first printing.
The owner is not on your list.


Ahh, cool. That means I only have one more copy to collect, not two :)

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Re: Extant copies of Longman's Pleasure in Reading Hobbit
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Deagol wrote:
Mine is a second too.


Is the picture on your website of your copy or of another one? If it is your copy, then there are two states of the second impression (one with the illustration several mm further to the right. I had assumed that this was a difference between 1st and 2nd, but maybe not?)

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