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Re: The Super Deluxe Children of Hurins are out
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My copy arrived today! Number 53 - same as on the label. No defects that I can see.

I ordered at about 6.30pm on the day it was announced. I was SUPPOSED to be on annual leave that day but had to go into work - how annoyed am I now. I could have been rivalling remy and Beren for those really early numbers!

Incidentally, I think that there may be plenty of copies left. I know somebody that didn't order until December 4th and they got copy number 133. Considering that at least 60 copies sold on the first day, they aren't exactly flying off the shelf...

Has anybody tried placing a second order to get around the 2 copies per person rule?

I was a little nervous about the colour, having seen the pictures on ebay, but it is a good dark blue - not quite as dark as the pics at tolkien.co.uk though.

I like the book - it is weighty and feels solid. I would have preferred them to position the ribs on the spine to match the full leather editions issued by A&U in the 80s, but the spine looks good any how - better than the A&U editions in some respects, because the lettering is clearer. The two-colour dragon helm insignia on the upper cover looks wonderful, but I would have preferred the JRRT mongram on the lower cover to be a bit larger and blind stamped - the blind stamping on the 80s A&U editions works really well.

I am less enarmoured of the clamshell case. Not for any reason of quality - It is well constructed and will keep the book in A1 condition - even better than a slipcase - but closing the lid just doesn't FEEL the same as sliding a book into a well-made slipcase. [I just got up to try out the '82 Collector's Silmarillion again - it just GLIDES into the slipcase - that is possibly my absolute favourite book!]

Overall I am very pleased - the new edition is a worthy addition to Tolkien publishing history.

BUT how long will we have to wait for HarperCollins to produce a super deluxe LOTR???

Posted on: 2007/12/14 16:07


Re: eBay and Tolkien collecting
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The copies of Medium Aevum are listed as a result of the recent copies on eBay - I won those to upgrade my collection, so the ones for sale are surplus to requirements. As you say, very scarce items.

The dynamic eBay lists sound like a good idea. Could we also nominate favourite eBay sellers as well?

P.S. I had to google the nerf herders reference!

Posted on: 2007/12/10 13:14


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I have finally got some books listed on eBay.

More coming in the next few days.

Posted on: 2007/12/10 0:55


Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I seem to have formed the HarperCollins Defence Association...!

Can I point out that 3 of the 4 books in the deluxe collection are 1st Impressions? Also, the deluxe Hobbit is still available from Amazon.co.uk (and TolkienBooks.net!) for 60 GBP. Based on current prices for the volumes at Amazon you would pay 181 GBP, so that puts the slipcase at 19 GBP - not a bargain I admit but HC aren't directly competing with Amazon in this case.

I don't believe that this set is aimed at those collectors who already have copies of the deluxe editions (I count myself as an unusual exception), rather it is for newcomers. It may take a year or two to sell them but they will sell steadily I think.

With regards to the books being sold in America, any US seller is allowed to sell HarperCollins editions. UK sellers can also sell to US buyers. It is HarperCollins (and presumably their wholesalers) that are restricted from selling copies to US dealers or individuals. If HarperCollins were to distribute any edition in the U.S., via Houghton Mifflin or with their permission, they would have to pay a royalty which (I presume) is what they want to avoid in this case.

As far as I can tell, previous deluxe editions were sold by the publisher directly and via booksellers, but the U.S. exclusions still applied. I think this is the first really expensive edition to be sold since internet shopping has become so popular, so there hasn't been the opportunity, or need, for the publisher to be the sole source before - which is perhaps why the inability of the publisher to sell directly to the U.S. hasn't been highlighted before.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 14:54


Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I have had a look on Amazon.com and you can't buy the HarperCollins edition. If you search for the UK ISBN number then the US edition comes up. It's not available at Barnes & Noble either.

I think the reason behind HarperCollins selling the super deluxe edition itself is down to money. If they distribute it via a company like Amazon then they have to give them a large discount on the retail price (say 30% or 40%). If they sell direct they keep 100%. The discount is a lot of money for a book like the super deluxe Children of Hurin.

The deluxe collection is 200 GBP compared to a combined retail price of 280 GBP, so it discounted by about 30%.

Posted on: 2007/11/25 11:35



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