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Lord of the Rings - Help!
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I am working on a LotR update at TolkienBooks.net but I am struggling with the 1978 Unwin Paperbacks Edition.

I have gathered some information, but it doesn't fit together very well - see below.

Does you have a copy? If so I would love to hear some details - year, impression number, cover price, etc.


Stated 1st Impression (Bakshi cover): £2.95*
Stated 1st Impression (Baynes cover): £5.50**
Stated 3rd Impression (1979): £4.95***
Stated 3rd Impression (1982): £5.50
From promotional leaflet (1978): £3.95^
From promotional leaflet (1980): £3.75^^
From promotional leaflet (1981): £4.95
From promotional leaflet (1982): £5.50

* Dated 1978 but issued in 1979. It seems odd that although issued in 1979, this film tie-in edition was cheaper than the first issue of 1978. Discounted to promote sales?

** The original [Bakshi?] wrappers appear to have been removed and replaced with Baynes illustrated wrappers bearing the 1982 price.

*** The price suggests that this was issued in 1981 rather than 1979. The copy seen was purchased in December 1981. It is unclear whether the original wrappers are in place.

^ Copies priced at £3.95 have not been seen.



^^ Copies priced at £3.75 have not been seen.


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1978 (Baynes Cover) 1st Impression £4.95
1979 (Baynes Cover) 3rd Impression £4.95
1982 (Baynes Cover) 4th Impression £5.50

I will dig out my Bakshi cover tomorrow.

Good Luck!

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1979 (Bakshi Cover) 2nd Impression £2.95

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Remy - Thanks for the info, it is much appreciated.

A couple of questions if I may -

On the Bakshi 2nd Impression does it say 'Second Impression 1979', or 'Reprinted 1979'?

Similarly, on the Baynes 4th Impression does it have '4th Impression 1982', or 'Reprinted 1979, 19??, 1982'.

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Hi Deagol,

The 1979 Bakshi States 'Second Impression 1979'.

The 1982 Baynes Cover States 'Reprinted 1979, 1982'.

Hope this helps.

Best Wishes!

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