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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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I shan't presume to advise you as to what you should do, but let's see what comes up in a general discussion. I don't know whether the number of copies of a reprint of RotK is much of a factor. On the other hand, it's reasonably early, and- a bibliographical oddity - the fourth imp. was the last to have the impression printed on the spine of the dustwrapper. Oddly, this does not occur on copies of FR, nor TT; nor even the 1st impression of RK. it's just, well, odd.

As for the d'Ardenne books - I don't know. I would suggest you go for what makes you happiest; which I guess would be the two books, given your specialist interests. I believe Tolkien did give Simonne a large anount of help with St Julienne; indeed he ought to have been listed as a co-editor, but he refused, because Simonne had a better chance of a chair at Liege if she'd been down as sole editor.

Of course, it's easy for me to talk - I've copies of RK, and both editions of Julienne (but not Katerine - yet)

*edit - just got my copies of Julienne out - looking at the preliminaries, I see that both have identical Prefatory Notes (including thanks to Elaine griffiths as well as Tolkien). But the EETS has in addition a page of Corrigenda, which might prove useful in your studies.

Posted on: 2010/9/5 12:22

Edited by garm on 2010/9/5 12:35:11
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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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I'd buy the Return of the King.

Posted on: 2010/9/5 13:48


Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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I have a re-bound 1936 Julienne and and the EETS Katerine.

The Preface to the Katerine says: "When SRTOd'A first planned this edition over forty years ago, she had hoped to have the collaboration of JRR Tolkien, the academic supervisor of her work on Seinte Julienne but, in the event, (initially becasue of the war of 1939-1945) he took no part in it"

So the Katerine has some (but limited) Tolkien interest.

As garm points out, twe books is a better choice from an academic point of view.

Like him, I would hesitate to advise you but have to say the 1936 Julienne is very rare in my experience and passing up a chance to get one would be hard. You may well find a copy of the Katerine again in the future.

Posted on: 2010/9/5 14:14

Edited by Gawain on 2010/9/5 14:38:19


Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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Personally (and without hesitation), I would go for the 1936 Passiun of Seinte Iuliene. Quite hard to find an original printing (especially in original wrappers - mostly found re-bound). And £40 seems extremely reasonable (The in-print EETS edition costs around that amount new). That would be from my "collector's" point of view.

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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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Thanks for your posts Garm, Jlong, Gawain and Remy.
Does anyone have a photo of the original binding of the 1936 edition of 'Seinte Iuliene'? I have received this photo's of the seller but it's not the original binding, is it?
I've also uploaded a photo of The Return of the King and of the other two books, for comparison.
(Hope this is not going to be too large a post)

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Posted on: 2010/9/6 2:02

Edited by Onnion on 2010/9/6 2:21:24
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