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Facsimile First Edition - Analysis of Flaps
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I finally got around to doing a comparison of the facsimile first Hobbit flaps with the real thing (or - more correctly -with a tidy up of a scan of the real thing which retains correct sizing and positioning). HC actually did a reasonable job here; Just a bit of additional proofing would have helped (and they needed to use a couple of additional fonts for specific characters -- when I did my 4th impression, I ended up using characters from four different fonts).

Alignment is difficult, so various words don't align as original from one line to the next (I've just pointed out a couple of obvious ones, as it would be a sea of red ink otherwise). Particularly with italics, there are problems with the level of slant between capitalised characters and lowercase. This is particularly evident on "Hobbit" and "Alice". Uppercase "M" characters are a problem. Other than that, the sizing of the "continued.." and "Drawings by" sections have issues.

Like I say, I don't think it was a bad job (re-typesetting this stuff is very time consuming), but equally, we need to be careful not to allow it to become the 'bibliographic truth'.'

Left Side is Facsimile, Right side is tidied up scan of genuine jacket

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Posted on: 11/11 14:44:05

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Re: New Book Releases
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I emailed HarperCollins just to let them know about the observed problems with the Kullervos. Not sure I'll necessarily hear anything back, but hopefully it will get taken on board how badly they have turned out, so - perhaps - B&L will be a bit better.

Posted on: 11/11 12:39:33


Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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Morinehtar wrote:
That sounds terribly pessimistic. But I see your point, barring unnatural disasters these books will outlive us for sure.


You should see my family history :)

Posted on: 11/7 14:47:06


Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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Morinehtar wrote:
So not scared of wood vapors?


The wood is all recycled and has been seasoned a long, long time ago, so is not a concern. And like I said, we aren't talking about anything of Earth-shattering rareness. In 15 years I'll most likely be underground, so they don't have to stay in good condition forever :)

Posted on: 11/7 12:15:19


Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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Morinehtar wrote:
The room where the books are has sun and heat blocking curtains, but some sunlight sneaks in by reflection. UV window tints and reorganizing the room to move the bookcase farther away from the door is the next step.

Stu, you said you added a film of acid free paper so that the books are not resting directly over the wooden bookcase. What is the actual effect of wood acid vapors on books? (browning, foxing?)


Wasn't trying to avoid any vapours; Just didn't want to the risk that any wood-stain migrated onto the edges.

Posted on: 11/6 21:40:12



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