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Urulöké wrote:
I updated my previous post on the LOTR set with reproduction dustjackets, but to reiterate what I said there, here:

I was hasty in my reaction which was primarily to the pictures - the discontinuity between the repro jackets and the books underneath. I did not notice that these are all first impression books, which (in any condition) would certainly have value to collectors well above what the repro jackets cost.

To be clear, I have no problem having beat up copies of Tolkien's works on my shelves - in fact I do, for many titles and editions! I don't personally like having pristine reproduction dustjackets hiding the books, is all. I feel the same way about rebindings.



I must admit, I did think you had been a bit harsh (or that 1/1s of these were getting much cheaper)!

Still, it makes for an interesting (if accidental) experiment. Until you found these books happened to be the first printing, you essentially thought they were tatty junk. Being the first, they somehow ceased to be tatty junk.

Book collecting is an odd business to be sure.

Posted on: 7/2 15:01:30


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Trotter wrote:
Just got the three volume 60th Lord of the Rings and Reader's Companion in a slipcase.

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If anybody else has a copy yet, does your dust-jacket on the Two Towers, appear to be the correct size and fit well on the book?



I got mine today. The Two Towers Dust Jacket appears to be the correct size. However, the lower board is noticeably (a couple of mm) less wide than the upper. The RotK DJ is probably slightly too wide, but hasn't got the folding seen on your TT (but it could have developed a fold in the same way as yours if the postal service had been less kind). There is also a bit of colour transfer from the box and from the RoTK onto the Reader's Companion DJ.

Also of significant note is the printing of the Dust Jackets which all look a bit like colour photocopies. You can very clearly see the little dots making up the printing of the solid background colours on all four jackets. When you put the 6th impressions next to the first impressions, the quality of DJ printing between ten years ago and today is a mile apart. The new ones aren't bad, they just don't look quite right compared to the originals. Personally, I think the foil on the 1st impressions looks much better (but presumably was deleted as a cost saving exercise).

All in all, it seems to be an OK set. Somewhat lower in quality than books from a few years back (in line with the ongoing trend at HC), but certainly acceptable for the Amazon discounted price (GBP 55). At 90 pounds, I'd probably be less happy. And I'm pleased to see it isn't printed in China (unlike the one volume).

Posted on: 6/30 16:06:07

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Khamûl wrote:
What about it?

The seller says:
Also, the cover is covered again with a protector as you can see, leaving the cover underneath in excellent condition with no rips.

What else do you want to know, besides why it looks like a photocopy?

BH


What are you seeing as the tell-tale signs of it being a copy? it looks like a normal jacket under a roughened up (i.e. matte) cheap plastic sleeve to me?

Posted on: 6/29 20:04:55


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Trotter wrote:
I am looking for companies that can produce exceptional facsimile dust jackets for Tolkien books.

Does anyone have any recommendations?


I'm wondering if the best thing is to find a decent local printing firm with good equipment and a good selection of paper stock, and then just build the source file for the jacket yourself (using scans, photos, etc -- as available). I've mulled this over myself a few times, and I think most of the work is in the creation of an accurate electronic representation of the jacket, which may be quite time consuming, depending on what you have to base it on (assuming you don't just have a perfect example to duplicate and need to do some retouching).

I'm working on the assumption that you want to re-jacket rare stuff, rather than books for which facsimile jackets are already readily available?

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Urulöké wrote:
I think the foil was removed for this impression - see HarperCollins quote (my emphasis added):

The Companion jacket has been redone in light grey with a red ring – we were never entirely happy with just how dark the original brown and purple jacket turned out – and the three individual books have had their ‘50th Anniversary edition’ strapline removed from the front and the copper foil has been replaced with tasteful colours which tone in with the artwork. It’s a subtle difference, but one that I hope will be regarded as an improvement.


http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... t_id=13612#forumpost13612



Thanks for that - I should have re-read the quoted bits again before asking the question!

My One volume turned up today, 99% undamaged. Slight bump through the cardboard box to the plastic slipcase - but not enough to worry about. I think many, many of these books will be damaged to some degree in the post - they are too heavy for Amazon packaging. The inner cardboard carton is all that saved mine.

The plastic slipcase is much nastier in real life than in the pictures. On the plus side, mine does seem to be a reasonable fit - the book slides in and out without any problem. It just looks absolutely crap. I think the decision to put so much of the text onto the slipcase, rather than on the boards of the book was a poor one by HC, as it means that the slipcase can't be considered as disposable wrapping, even though that is all it is. Definitely not a GBP 60 book - I guess the expected Amazon 40% discount has been built into the RRP.

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