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Re: New Book Releases
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Morinehtar wrote:
Does that mean they will print the name with the correct spelling or reproduce the ink mark?


Will be as per the original jacket. The name will be misspelled and have the ink mark printed over the 'e'. Hand correcting after printing wasn't an economic option, for obvious reasons. They didn't ever intend to correct the spelling, the question was down to whether to print the ink mark or leave that to the customer to add themselves if they wanted to. Myself and Trotter's view was very much that the ink mark should be printed.

The question of what to correct is an interesting one. On the version I initially supplied to HC, I had left the right and left borders slightly off vertical (basically the whole thing should be slightly off square). They slightly corrected that misalignment on the left [albeit it is still off square], which is technically not correct, but probably does look better when printed). The number of people that know it should be slightly off square is quite small, but the number of people that would think it was printed wrongly (if done accurately) is quite high. I didn't feel strongly about it, and assuming that was the version they went with, I don't think it was a bad call.

At the end of the day, if you want something that is absolutely bibliographically correct, you need to buy an original (and spend an extra 20,000 pounds!).

Posted on: 9/25 1:31:30

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Morinehtar wrote:
Interesting reference to Alice in Wonderland in the original DJ. Hard to imagine a time when Tolkien was unknown and his publisher used this sort of comparison.


79 Years is a long time! Note that "Dodgeson" has the "e" inked out with pen. There was a bit of discussion as to whether they would go without the pen correction, but (assuming nothing changed last minute, of course), the jacket will have the ink correction (it would have been very odd to have not had it, given all the 1937 copies were corrected in this way before leaving the printers).

Posted on: 9/25 0:37:15


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If it looks more or less like this, I'll be happy. The green they were looking at is quite a bit brighter than this, though, and my gut feel is the true colour is probably somewhere in between their colour and my colour. Not sure if they changed it or not. #ColoursAreHard

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https://tolkieniano.blogspot.co.nz/201 ... ellharpercollins-sul.html

Nothing that we don't already know in here, except for it appears that the print run is 4,000 copies. I'm glad all the defective jackets were destroyed, as there are enough of the bad facsimiles upon which it was based in the world causing confusion (I had thought about asking David for one, and then thought -- 'God, no -- I really don't want one of the damnable things!').

Posted on: 9/24 19:04:49


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Trotter wrote:
The Tolkien Society think it will be ready at the weekend, they have tweeted about it.

https://twitter.com/TolkienSociety/status/779030622190833664

I have had no confirmation of this from HarperCollins.


We know it is arriving at some point soon. They aren't going to chuck away all the books because of the jacket. I do wonder if it wll get multiple prints and the first print will be passable and subsequent prints get a better jacket. There are several fine first impression jackets out there in the big wild world that would suit their needs, and as copyright holders they should be able to get the scans that no one else can get permission to access because of the Tolkien Estate's restrictions.

(BTW - I'm pleased that the error that I thought I had made on the cleaned-up scan I supplied to HC is - in fact - not an error; It is on the original and is correct - I shouldn't second guess myself!).

Posted on: 9/23 12:16:14

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