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Re: Australian Man does not understand why he was taken to court
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Australian.

I've got one of their passports, and I've lived a life of dishonest chicanery ever since.

Posted on: 2016/8/31 2:15


Re: New Book Releases
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onthetrail wrote:
This Hobbit release has been wittled down rather concerningly over time to the point that they don't seem to have any enthusiasm for it.

The original blurb that was circulating at least had some pride about it

"This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it to become the one enjoyed by readers since 1951." Amazon received this description from HC and the description is still present on many HC websites including HCAustralia

And now officially reads on .co.uk....

"This special printing reprints the first edition, so that readers of all ages not just children between the ages of 5 and 9’, as Rayner Unwin famously declared in his report on the original submission can finally enjoy Tolkien’s story as it originally appeared."

The picture is dreadful. The wording is very telling, replica in the first blurb which means an exact copy is now gone and replaced with 'reprints the first edition' which can be stretched to mean almost anything. and yet the email has replica in it.

To cut a long story short. HC you suck!


Might be a bit harsh :) Unfortunately there are a lot of "legacy" facsimile 1st DJs out there that are far from accurate, but are out in the wild (and can never be made to go away). One would have hoped they would have chosen a clean and untampered scan as their source for the jacket, but I guess the existing facsimile route probably seemed like an easy shortcut (but sadly a perilous one!). In truth, even without the errors, the existing facsimile jackets just aren't high definition enough for commercial printing, and I think I would have been disappointed with the result.

Posted on: 2016/8/30 23:59


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Yep, those ones have been up for sale for a little while. They are a stark warning of just how fragile some red pigments are! I keep mine reversed on the shelf.

Posted on: 2016/8/29 13:05


Re: A humble introduction
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Not sure that has ever been massively popular, but I would go along with the assertion that interest and prices have dropped enormously for anything but very rare stuff. I see that trend continuing. I'd say it peaked 5 or more years ago, earlier for some things. A decade ago, I reckon we saw peak prices for HoME 1sts and HarperCollins black deluxe editions, etc.

Personally, I never had any intention of selling my books (so I consider them to have no monetary value), so falling prices is a positive. Collectors who have a genuine interest can buy the books they want without it breaking the bank.

At the moment, early Hobbits are expensive. In another 5 years, IMHO, they won't be (other than 1st/2nd impressions, of course).

Posted on: 2016/8/28 17:51

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Re: UK Deluxe Tales from the Perilous Realm [2008]
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With clarifying that all the TftPR reprints are Chinese; If it isn't Chinese, it is a first print.

Posted on: 2016/8/28 13:27



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