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Re: Beren and Lúthien
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UT looks top justified -- didn't look at any of the others.

Posted on: 6/17 0:50:53


Re: 2nd Illustrated Edition of The Silmarillion (2004)
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Karl wrote:
I'm wondering if early printings of this edition were bound in cloth. I have the 6 matching, oversized illustrated volumes (3 LotR, Hobbit, Sil, Foster's Guide) all of which are bound in lovely cloth - except for The Silmarillion. Mine is a 6th printing, bound in cheap blue paper at our favorite Printing Express in Hong Kong. If early printings are cloth-bound, I'd like to find one. TolkienBooks.net interestingly notes that the first printing has a fold-out map and misspells "Naysmith" on the dj.

I'm still working to acquire the 1st illustrated edition with the less common dj that was discussed at length in a previous thread. I believe this was bound in black cloth-covered boards. Would you believe that I've ordered it on Ebay twice from different highly-rated sellers, and both times it's been lost in transit! I'm starting to think there's someone in the postal service collecting these at my expense!



The first printing definitely isn't cloth. It also isn't paper -- seems more like some kind of buckram material. It is slightly shiny and not entirely nice to look at. It was printed by "Proost" in Belgium. It does have a nice colour fold out map. Mine doesn't have any misspellings of "Nasmith" on the DJ, though.

Edit: Nasmith is spelled "Naysmith" on the spine, though.

Edit 2: I see Trotter beat me to it :)

Edit 3: Not sure I'd bother going out of your way to find an early copy. That said, I think they are generally cheap.

Posted on: 6/13 22:18:32

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Re: New Book Releases
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Earl wrote:
Roverandom is already in Tales From The Perilous Realm, right?

As for Letters and Mr. Bliss, the current paperbacks/hardbacks have more pages than Kullervo if my recollection is correct.

So it is conceivable they could get the deluxe treatment. All speculation :)

True about the Harry Potter editions - those are just sad :-/


Make the text big enough and anything is possible...

Posted on: 6/11 19:38:59


Re: New Book Releases
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would need pages as thick as pre-school books to get some of those into "deluxe" format.

Mind you, could be worse -- At least we don't have simultaneous publications of the same book in different colours, as per Harry Potter (you can buy a different printing for each house).

LoTR Saruman Edition, Sauron Edition, Hobbits Edition, Dwarves Edition, etc....

Posted on: 6/11 14:56:24


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I guess the truth is that 99% of the various Tolkien reprints are pointless. They simply exist to try and find another way of extracting money from the consumer, not because there is any real need for them.

Fully knowing that they are pointless, there are nevertheless sometimes ones I like, but I'm now more than happy to pass on anything that doesn't hit the spot (Pocket hardback boxed sets, etc). I'm more interested in finding older (not necessarily valuable) books, I think, as much of the fun is in the chase.

Unrelated to HoME, I'm hoping we now really have seen the last of the "new" Tolkien works, mind (at least published in stretched-into-a-book format). Beren and Luthien is a good example of a book that didn't really need printing (although the new art work provides some justification).

I guess at some point we will be onto re-issues of all the post-2007 posthumous stuff. At that point, I'm well and truly out.

Posted on: 6/9 14:31:17



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