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Re: New Book Releases
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Let's hope it's just a temporary placeholder image...

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2nd Illustrated Edition of The Silmarillion (2004)
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I'm wondering if early printings of this edition were bound in cloth. I have the 6 matching, oversized illustrated volumes (3 LotR, Hobbit, Sil, Foster's Guide) all of which are bound in lovely cloth - except for The Silmarillion. Mine is a 6th printing, bound in cheap blue paper at our favorite Printing Express in Hong Kong. If early printings are cloth-bound, I'd like to find one. TolkienBooks.net interestingly notes that the first printing has a fold-out map and misspells "Naysmith" on the dj.

I'm still working to acquire the 1st illustrated edition with the less common dj that was discussed at length in a previous thread. I believe this was bound in black cloth-covered boards. Would you believe that I've ordered it on Ebay twice from different highly-rated sellers, and both times it's been lost in transit! I'm starting to think there's someone in the postal service collecting these at my expense!

Posted on: 6/13 21:05:59


Re: New Book Releases
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It sounds like the 3 volumes will not be individually slipcased, but only have one large slipcase. In terms of continuity, I find this a little disappointing, along with the choice to bind them all in black. Why not differing shades of black/gray? The slipcases within a slipcase of the collections gathering the first 4 and the 5 books in the series were a bit overkill, but being able to shelve each book with its own slipcase is a bonus in my view.

Posted on: 6/8 20:13:51


Re: Alan Lee UK Beren and Lúthien book signings
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Right - the slipcase opening is an actual curve and the spine titling is centered! Did anyone end up with a Kullervo with centered spine titling? The half-dozen I've personally examined all have left-of-centeritis.

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SDE marbled endpapers
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I remember thinking (perhaps naively) when I first got my Children of Hurin and Legend on Sigurd and Gudrun SDEs some years back, that the endpapers were hand marbled. I was glancing at them the other day and realized this is not the case. The front and rear papers in CoH are clearly identical. This is not the case in SG, and while I can't find any repeating pattern, my guess is that they wised up enough to make facsimiles from 2 sheets rather than 1. Hand-marbled papers are not that expensive. Given the original cost of these (which I did not pay), it would have been an appropriate touch. Can't say I'm surprised though, given the many cost cutting measures we've seen from HC over the years.

Posted on: 5/5 18:12:21



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