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Re: Lord of the Rings Boxed Sets
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The research involved going through over 5000 letters in the archive - not all Tolkien related, but still lots of reading and note-taking! I have covered the period 1957-64, but still need to cover 1952-56 to get the complete story - another 4000 letters. In the meantime I am about to start work on an article on the1964 Deluxe Edition. I have all the info for this, so it should be a faitly simple process. There was some correspondence between Rayner Unwin and Pauline Baynes regarding the artwork for the slipcase, which is interesting once you decipher PBs handwriting!

I haven't seen a great deal of correspondence regarding The Silmarillion, but that isn't surprising, as most of the time I have been dealing with letters to and from printers. The few mentions I have seen so far just say that Tolkien was working on it and maybe it would be ready "next year". There is some correspondence with Clyde Kilby, Dick Plotz, Ed Meskys, etc from 1966-68 that may well cover The Silmarillion. I remember from somewhere in the History of Middle-earth series that Tolkien had a grand plan for the Silmarillion that, if he had completed it, would have amounted to more than one volume, so I wouldn't be surprised if he had shown this to Clyde Kilby.

Will let you know if I find any more detailed info.

Posted on: 2006/6/5 13:33


Lord of the Rings Boxed Sets [TolkienBooks article]
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I have recently been doing some research on early boxed sets of The Lord of the Rings. The fruits of my labours can be read here:

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/html/1st-boxed-lr.htm

If you own a pre-1965 Allen & Unwin LotR boxed set I would be interested to know if it matches the details I have listed in the article - especially the material used to cover the box, the type of construction (stapled or not) and which impression of each book it contains.

Posted on: 2006/6/4 6:22

Edited by Khamul on 2011/10/1 13:47:28


Re: A Tolkien Calendar site
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This site sells a CD-ROM that covers most calendars and diaries, including the movies-related ones:

http://www.wizardtower.net/

CD-ROMs planned for the future are:

Vol. 2 - A Collector's Guide to Tolkien First Editions

Vol. 3 - A Collector's Guide to Tolkien Posters, Lobby Cards and Bookmarks

Vol. 4 - A Reference Guide to Tolkien Websites

Vol. 5 - A Collector's Guide to Tolkien Hardware: Weapons, Armor, Jewelry +more

Vol. 6 - A Reference Guide to Books about Tolkien

Posted on: 2006/6/4 6:08


Re: A Tolkien book collector site
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This site has the beginnings of a bibliography of American editions:

http://tolkien.skwishmi.com/guide.html

and there is also Ake Bertenstam's listings of books by and about Tolkien:

http://www.forodrim.org/bibliography/

Posted on: 2006/6/4 5:09



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