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Question...monsters and the critics?
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Hi all. I think I might have a first printing of this as it more or less matches the copy seen here:
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/collect ... /object21/description.htm


Just wondering if anyone knows a sure way of telling if my copy is a true original or a reprint???

Cheers.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 9:41


Re: Question...monsters and the critics?
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The first thing is to check the name of the publisher - the 1st printing, and most of the reprints are by Oxford University Press. Then see whether there's a later date on the reverse of the title page. (my 1971 reprint lists reprints in 1958, 1960, 1963)

Check the size of the booklet - the first printing is roughly 25cm by 16cm. (10X6.5 in) I think later printings are smaller?

Posted on: 2010/4/13 10:08


Re: Question...monsters and the critics?
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It sure fits that size. There are no dates apart from the obvious 1936 on the cover. On the last page it says

'Printed in Great Britain at the University press oxford by John Johnson printer to the university.' No date though...


It also has 'price 3s. net' on coverwhich im told is another good sign. Can find any price comparisons online though as its proving very hard to come across.

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Yes, I was going to mention the price. My 1971 reprint cost 30p, that is, 30 new pence (the UK went decimal in 1970). 3s is short for three shillings; 30p was the equivalent of six shillings.

Let's see; according to my copy of Peter Sutcliffe's 'The Oxford University Press: An Informal History (Oxford, 1978), John Johnson was Printer to the University from 1925-1946, which I guess makes yours a first printing. Unless anyone can come up with an objection.


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Re: Question...monsters and the critics?
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Thanks very much for your help. Im guessing ebay is the best place to sell this?

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