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I remember thinking (perhaps naively) when I first got my Children of Hurin and Legend on Sigurd and Gudrun SDEs some years back, that the endpapers were hand marbled. I was glancing at them the other day and realized this is not the case. The front and rear papers in CoH are clearly identical. This is not the case in SG, and while I can't find any repeating pattern, my guess is that they wised up enough to make facsimiles from 2 sheets rather than 1. Hand-marbled papers are not that expensive. Given the original cost of these (which I did not pay), it would have been an appropriate touch. Can't say I'm surprised though, given the many cost cutting measures we've seen from HC over the years.

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Karl wrote:
I remember thinking (perhaps naively) when I first got my Children of Hurin and Legend on Sigurd and Gudrun SDEs some years back, that the endpapers were hand marbled. I was glancing at them the other day and realized this is not the case. The front and rear papers in CoH are clearly identical. This is not the case in SG, and while I can't find any repeating pattern, my guess is that they wised up enough to make facsimiles from 2 sheets rather than 1. Hand-marbled papers are not that expensive. Given the original cost of these (which I did not pay), it would have been an appropriate touch. Can't say I'm surprised though, given the many cost cutting measures we've seen from HC over the years.



I believe S&G is hand-marbled and CoH is printed.

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Stu wrote:
I believe S&G is hand-marbled and CoH is printed.


That is correct, the first two Super Deluxe Editions, The Silmarillion and the The Hobbit had brown paper endpapers, no marbling, and I suspect that this was also due to cost costing measures from the publisher.

Posted on: 5/6 9:21:06






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