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Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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Being in the US, the signed version was not available to me, so I do not share the same problem with many of you (my book not being 'numbered,' that is). However, I just received my standard deluxe copy from Amazon. It is a nice book, but I even have complaints about this version. It really doesn't quite match the other four deluxe books done in this style. The spine shape is not as rounded as the older ones (it is much flatter with more square edges). At first I thought the spine shape might be due to it being a thicker book than say 'Hobbit' or CoH, but even the very thick LotR from this Deluxe series has a more rounded spine. Also, the slipcase is not trimmed and glued the same way on the inside edge. It looks like this slipcase could come undone more easily around the inner edge (over time). After closer inspection, it appears that HC did indeed change binderies for this book. The old ones were done at L.E.G.O. Spa (Italy), while this one was done at Clays Ltd, St. Ives.

I guess these are pretty minor complaints and I am probably being too scrutinizing. Being an engineer, I tend to be anal about details such as this. When these five books are sitting next to each other, and one doesn't quite fit, it bothers me. This has been the case for years and years, even going back to early first editions of LotR (where the FotR was a different height than the other two), and as with those, I will get over it. The need for HC to change binderies from time to time is 'bound' to happen (no pun intended). Such is the nature of the publishing world, contracts, costs, etc.

Posted on: 2008/12/7 7:39


Re: Is anyone else unhappy about this?
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I don't think there is any question at all. The first one is an insult to Alan Lee. It looks like a high school art student did it. (And that might be an insult to high school art students!) You really gotta be careful when it comes to this kind of stuff (signatures, etc.). That is one of the best reasons to stick to signed and "limited" editions that contain a specific limitation plate from the publisher. I suppose this thread lends more support to the many upset members in the 'Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe" thread.

Posted on: 2008/12/7 7:20


Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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Well, I did find my copy of the Fellowship. It would appear (if I followed correctly) that I have a 5th impression. Thanks again for the help, although I feel a little bad for my contribution to provoking potential copyright violations. Don't worry, though. I already shredded all of the copies I ran off. (just kidding)

I certainly respect other people's work. Those kinds of publications are invaluable to the collecting community and greatly appreciated. Also, I am one of the people who, regardless of what has been shown here, would certainly still be purchasing back issues. Looking forward to their availability.

Posted on: 2008/12/2 8:31


Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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Many thanks, Deagol. I really appreciate the detailed and incredibly informative response. I am somewhat amazed that anyone has figured this out at all. As I was reading it, I was beginning to think I would have to decode anagrams or solve some puzzle with Fibonacci numbers that would lead me to the answer. Anyway, thanks again. I will have to check on which printing I have later tonight as I am not with my books at present.

Also, I would like to say that this forum has to be one of the best references a Tolkien collector can have. I have many times come here for some obscure bit of information that I feared I would struggle to find, but someone has always come through. There truly is a wealth of knowledge at the Tolkien Collector's Guide.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 13:57


Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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Identifying the impression on US first ed. LotR seems to be a common problem. I have a copy of The Fellowship (w/o DJ, unfortunately) that has no date anywhere to be found. The verso of the title page is blank, except for "Printed in Great Britain." I am wondering if there is a similar "key" for determining the printing as Deagol has provided for the Two Towers. Is there anywhere other than back issues of the Tolkien Collector that this information can be found? I would certainly appreciate any help with this one.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 6:50



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