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Re: 1987 box set cover error
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Bill Watkins wrote:
I have a box set of "The lord of the rings" from 1987 with dust covers, all in great condition. There is a flaw with the cover of the first book. The other two books all have a design on the front, and when you open it up you find your self on page 1. But with the first book if you have the design showing and you open the book up you find yourself at the map, which is in the very back, and then when you turn the page again you find yourself on the last page and its upside down.

I have two questions referring to this.
1) has anyone ever had this experience with the cover on backwards and upside down?
2) would this box set interest anyone? I am open to offers for these. I can send pictures if needed and all dust jackets, bindings and maps are in great-amazing. Condition.

bwatkins1125@Yahoo.com


Which edition (publisher) are you referring to? I'm guessing the Houghton Mifflin Edition (as the 1987 Unwin Hyman edition doesn't have any logo on the front board) ? Presumably the wording in the spine is upside-down on two [Edit: One] of the volumes also? Just sounds like a binding error to me -- these happen from time to time, and are generally considered to be defective and worth much less than a correctly assembled equivalent. There are exceptions, such as when an error denotes a first state of a book, but the general rule is definitely that defective books are not desirable.

You can always stick it on eBay and see if anyone wants it, though!

Posted on: 5/23 0:26:29

Edited by Stu on 2016/5/26 18:07:45


Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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Tapuvae wrote:
Wow a book Stu doesn't have!



Trust me, I probably have the least books of all the regulars on here! My collection is actually fairly diminutive :)

The list of UK Tolkien editions I don't have is much bigger than the list of ones I do!

Posted on: 5/19 22:58:52


Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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You can add me to the list as well ;)

I don't think you will have any trouble selling this. They are uncommon enough that there will probably always be buyers.

Posted on: 5/19 17:09:06


Re: New Book Releases
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IMHO, the S&G and CoH SD editions are worth picking up at discount (I think they were actually GBP 175 on the black Friday sale, not 125 -- but could be wrong).

I technically paid 125 for my S&G (well, I actually paid 250 right back when they came out, but they sent me two copies for reasons known only to them -- and when I emailed them I heard nothing back). I think they are decent value below 200, as they are MUCH better than the standard deluxe editions. CoH in particular is really very nice. S&G is a bit bland looking but well made (except for the adhesive used to bond the clamshell together which stretches in warm climate -- easily fixed, though). Full RRP is and always was a joke for these.

You shouldn't have to pay too much for Perilous Realm. It got a Chinese reprint a year or so back and there were loads of them floating around on Ebay up until fairly recently (at a lot less than the ridiculous £75 RRP). If you want a non-Chinese one, they are probably still more expensive, I assume. I won't touch the Chinese Deluxes personally; There is something just "off" about them.

Posted on: 5/19 2:29:12

Edited by Stu on 2016/5/19 2:46:22


Re: New Book Releases
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Earl wrote:
I agree, Stu. Even the deluxe editions of the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and Tales From The Perilous Realm, were really just about the cover and slipcase matching those of the deluxe series. I really wish these editions had some "content" that set them apart from the regular hardcover and paperback editions.



Absolutely. The deluxe editions have generally not had much (if anything) in the way of special features. Having a frontispiece that contains the cover-art that would ordinarily grace the dust jacket of the standard edition, isn't really a special feature in my book (e.g. CoH, Silmarillion, etc)! It seems to me that Fall of Arthur and Sigurd and Gudrun could easily have had nice images of the concept art by Bill Sanderson (for example), and that would have been great. I have Bill S. remarqued standard editions of S&G and FoA and they would have been perfect material.

That said, I don't mind them, I just think we are now at the point where material that really should be in scholarly journals is being published as new books, primarily to milk the final dollar now that there is no substantial material left in the cupboard. There is only so much value in variant drafts of things beyond them being padding. Deluxe versions of such material is just a stretch too far.

Posted on: 5/17 23:15:10



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