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Re: New Book Releases
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Easton Press Beowulf

Design-wise, I think EP have done a better job of this than with some of their other Tolkien offerings. Thankfully they left the back board blank, rather than covering it with an excess of gilt pattern-work. If they had only left the border off the front (and spine),it would be better, but overall, I think it is a decent enough looking book.

Unfortunately, unlike HarperCollins, they do not include the original cover art as a frontispiece.

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Re: What was the first copy of the Hobbit, LOTR and the Sil that you owned?
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These ones, plus the smaller-format BCA Hardback Sil. (that looks like the GA&U one, but with red boards and smaller).

These remain my favourite paperbacks, and I don't think they have been bested or are likely to be, as artwork tastes have changed, I think.

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Re: What was the first copy of the Hobbit, LOTR and the Sil that you owned?
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Trotter wrote:
As a collector, who has a strict rule of only collecting UK editions of Tolkien's books, I now have quite a few US editions :)


Does this mean, that now you have essentially collected everything, you still have the collecting bug? :)

Posted on: 2015/1/5 14:03


Re: The Wonders of...
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This one from Hyraxia Books annoys me, because I politely gave them the correct print run numbers for the books (as supplied by HarperCollins), but they didn't even have the courtesy to respond, never mind update their listing to remove the untrue "reported to be limited to 1000 copies (by who???)" claim.

(They are also having a laugh with the price. 4th Impression LOTR is very common and can be had for 30 pounds (last one I saw actually went for AU$30, one before that 30 pounds). The Silmarillion is a 60-70 pounds book (max) and the second impression Hobbit similar).

The pricing doesn't bother me, mind, as anyone can ask what they like - just the false limitation claim. It is like the Peoples of Middle-Earth pulping claims that dealers like to throw out there, even though five seconds on Google shows them it isn't true.

eBay Item #261724261439

Posted on: 2015/1/5 9:25


Re: Any users on Tsu yet?
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Anyone who does sign up should read the T & Cs (not the FAQ, which is misleading) with regards to ownership, attribution of content, perpetual licensing, etc. There is no such thing as a free-ride and TSU is no exception. It isn't quite a Multi-Level-Marketing scheme (people get paid based on their own page views and also the page views of people they have introduced to the network, so it is perilously close), but it needs to be treated with a bit of skepticism at this stage, IMHO.

Posted on: 2015/1/3 19:44



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