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Re: "Best" version of Lord of the Rings?
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Urulöké wrote:
Hi and thanks for visiting! Looks like you are in the USA, but would consider UK or other editions too? Just curious.

For my personal favorite recent printing with nice paper and cloth binding, etc. I like the three volume edition illustrated by Alan Lee (picture attached below). Not expensive, each book can be found new for maybe $10-15, the boxed set new is probably closer to $80 or so if you want that.

The edition you show looks really nice (I haven't opened one to see the paper quality myself yet, but I am sure someone here has), but I am not a fan of the quality of the translucent slipcase. Does look nice from a distance though!

Hope this helps.



I've just done a quick side-by-side comparison.

Both the older three volume and the current one volume are Chinese printed on that slightly shiny paper. The paper on the older set is a little less white and perhaps a little less shiny (and IMHO preferable). Colour reproduction on the images is better on the single volume (markedly better for some of the images). The text is also blacker and thicker on the new one, so there is slightly more show-through from the page behind (I assume this is what the OP means by "ghosting"?). Neither are excessive in this regards.

If I personally had to pick between the two, I'd go with the older 3 volume. The only advantage I can see of the newer one volume is the image reproduction.

As Uruloke aluded to, the transparent slipcase is crap. It does indeed look absolutely fine from a distance, and it is only up-close that you realise it is essentially higher-end disposable plastic packaging. If HC had done a proper slipcase, I think my vote might be for the one volume, but not as is.

Steer clear of the unillustrated "Collector's Edition". This has nice cover design, but the overall quality is just horrible. The regular edition of the current unillustrated hardback is much better, albeit earlier printings beat the latest one(s)

Posted on: 7/17 16:11:49


Re: New Book Releases
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Tapuvae wrote:
Yes I noticed Amazon was offering the new art book as a bundle with this one. Basically, for this you get the slipcase.



Didn't know Amazon did bundles. I thought they just recommended associated items?

I don't like this type of slipcase - shape-wise, it reminds me of commercial packaging boxes for small items that are designed to sit on retailer shelves. It seems pointless for books - the top of the pages are exposed, yet pretty much the only actual benefit of a slipcase is that it protects the page edges from dust (which this one doesn't). It also does not protect the top front edge of the books from being bumped.

It is sad that the facsimile first Hobbit couldn't make it out of the starting gate, but stuff like this is being churned out.

Posted on: 7/16 15:00:36


Re: New Book Releases
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Trotter wrote:
It is cheaper from other suppliers e.g. £24.30 from Speedyhen (but they only deliver to the UK)

http://www.speedyhen.com/StoreFront/P ... iles-of-Ham-the-/17766447
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Speedyhen quite often sell Tolkien stuff on eBay as well, so might be worth keeping an eye there for non-UK buyers who think the RRP of these little books is a bit on the nose.

I made a commitment to purchase no new books from HarperCollins unless they contained new material or were finishing off an incomplete set, so this doesn't pass the rules, and the money saved will be spent on the Art of Lord of the Rings instead.

Posted on: 7/14 18:56:04


Re: Tolkien's taste in fireplaces
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Trotter wrote:
His house had a fairly typical 1950's fireplace, can't see a massive amount of interest in this ebay item.

It is also news to me that he started writing The Lord of the Rings in 1933.

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Anyone who buys a crappy random, ugly bit of an old house because someone once lived there requires a serious head examination... Junk is junk, no matter who might have sat near it.

Posted on: 7/13 22:39:06


Re: UK Deluxe Tales from the Perilous Realm [2008]
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The "Printed in China" statement undoubtedly indicates that it is a reprint, (irrespective of the lack of red foil on the book cover -- that is interesting though, as I didn't realise they deleted the red foil when they reprinted).

To answer Tapuvae's question, the first printing of the unsigned version also has the red/gold foil. There is no difference whatsoever (other than the added signature and different "information sheet") between the two versions of the first printing. They are the same book, printed at the same time.

It is frustrating that HarperCollins doesn't care about correct number-lines on the deluxe reprints. Fortunately the Chinese printing makes them fairly easy to detect.

Posted on: 7/8 15:59:42



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