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Hobbit 70th Anniversary edition question
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Someone on the Mythopoeic Society mailing list asked this question and I thought someone here might be able to answer (I don't have a copy with me right now)

I have a question for the group about the hardcover "Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition" published by Harper Collins in August 2001 (available on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk) . The edition is described as

Facsimile First Ed. edition (320 pages)

Does anyone actually own this edition?

Is this really what it appears to be: a fascimile reproduction of the 1937 edition complete with the original text (including the original "Riddles
in the Dark" Chapter (ch.5) and the original black and white illustrations. Does it include any of the colour plates included in the first American
Edition.

I am puzzled by the reference to the "70th Anniversary" which won't occur until September of this year, unless it refers to the time when Tolkien is first supposed to have started composing "The Hobbit"?

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Posted on: 2007/2/5 13:05
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This is the book mentioned - here.

It has the same ISBN as the standard trade hardback edition. HarperCollins are slowly reissuing their main Tolkien titles in new style jackets, so I think that this may be the reissue of The Hobbit rather than a facsimile edition.

Amazon are particularly bad at updating the publication dates and sometimes send out books with the old style cover even though they picture the new one.

Beren published a Q&A with David Brawn of HarperCollins last month and the only mention of The Hobbit was the new jacket.

There were rumours of a facsimile edition a few years ago, but the only thing to appear was the 2004 Deluxe Edition which included some of the things that Tolkien wanted in the first edition, but were omitted because of costs/practicalities.

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I happened to order this from Amazon (adveristed as the 70th Anniversary Hardcover), but received a regular reprint of the 1995 Edition (duly returned). Not sure if it actually exists at all yet in Hardcover.

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Thanks guys, that's ringing bells now - the facsimile Amazon refers to is just the dustjacket art from what I can remember, not the text. I'll dig through Beyond Bree and a few other sources for additional confirmation.

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I saw some info on the backhand of harpercollins about a new 70 ann. edition that will be published. Sad but i'm unable to log in for two weeks now. They seem to have switched servers and have big problems on website and email.

Once i manage to get inside the backhand i will post the info here. The previous (so called) 70th ann. edition was indeed just a re-print. The fascimile edition is sheduled for this year but they already let some info slip and made some mistakes... very terrible. Now you can see an image of a new book and order it, but you will receive a different (old) book.

Posted on: 2007/2/6 2:16






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