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Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Mark Terry will be recreating both the first and second facsimile Hobbit dust jackets to correct the problem with the runes that have been discovered.

It does appear to affect every copy that he has sold to date.

If you have a facsimile dust jacket and want to check them it is easy to do so, by looking at the lower right hand corner at the images below.

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Posted on: 7/8 4:58:33

Edited by Trotter on 2014/7/8 5:11:34


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Probably worth mentioning as well that Mark is not the only supplier of jackets that are incorrect, as it seems that there may have been some re-scanning of the bad facsimiles in order to create new ones. If you are in the market for a jacket from *any supplier of jackets* you need to check the runes in the bottom right and/or directly above and below the spine. These will be completely different from that of a legit UK jacket.

There are several other faults on the jackets (such as the sizing of spine text, the cutoff point of the main image, noticeable on the clouds at the top right of the front, the cutoff point of the picture at the bottom), but these are the dead obvious* ones.

(* So dead obvious that I initially tried to copy them when creating my jacket! Thanks to Trotter for setting me straight as to what was right/wrong when I brought the differences to his attention).

Posted on: 7/8 16:12:17


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Well, 25+ hours of photoshopping and I ended up with something I was happy enough with. Anyone contemplating of converting a 4th Ed Jacket into a 1st, my advice would be -- don't!! Start with a 3rd Edition as there are an order of magnitude less changes required.

The local print place ran it off for me on semi-gloss paper on their wide printer for $15 and I'm very pleased with the result. $65 all in for a 1st/4th in a correct impression facsimile Dust jacket feels like decent enough value. If I was going to print it again, I'd probably enlarge it by 1.5mm vertically to lose the white bands top and bottom, which seem to be cut off on the original (as presumably the original jacket printing was a tiny bit too big for the book). I'd also adjust the blue a bit further and change to CYMK to get a bit more colour accuracy from the print place.

If anyone wants the 300dpi file for the jacket, it is a about 7Mb, so just drop me a PM with your email address.

Thanks to Trotter for his assistance with this little project.

(Note the pictures don't show the final version -- I did another 10 hours or so of editing after I printed it....)

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Posted on: 7/9 20:19:07

Edited by Stu on 2014/7/9 20:40:55
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/9 20:56:54
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/11 18:38:07


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Mark Terry from Facsimile Dust Jackets L.L.C. (http://www.facsimiledustjackets.com/cgi-bin/fdj455/index.html) has updated his 1937 UK Hobbit facsimile dust jackets, but not the pictures on the website yet.

This is the new version, scanned from an original dust jacket, also shown below, for sale at a ridiculously stupid price from Peter Harrington (£100000).

http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/rare ... r-there-and-back-again-7/

The colour reproduction is not exactly the same, but I actually prefer the darker blue and green, as these are closer to Tolkien's original drawing for the dust jacket.

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Posted on: 7/11 10:19:45

Edited by Trotter on 2014/7/11 10:30:36
Edited by Trotter on 2014/7/11 10:31:44
Edited by Trotter on 2014/7/11 10:38:37


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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Here are the 4th Impression versions in low res. My final (which has been refined a lot since I printed my copy -- I might reprint on the correct type of paper stock at some point when I am in a decent sized city or I visit a first world country) and Trotter's genuine copy.

If you compare the originals between the 1st impression and the 4th, a LOT of differences (and I'm not just talking about the text on the flaps). I think most of the differences come out of the alignment of the plates when printing the three colours (with the white obviously being the paper showing through). The white layer between the feet of the front row of trees shows clearly the kinds of difference between the impressions, in case anyone is interested. I didn't get that layer quite thick enough on my version, but my journey into the heart of darkness is complete, so it will have to do!

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Posted on: 7/11 18:57:34

Edited by Stu on 2014/7/12 3:40:41
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/13 0:49:36
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/13 3:21:06
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/13 3:23:14
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/13 4:56:18
Edited by Stu on 2014/7/18 6:35:14
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