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Re: Folio Society Books

Subject: Re: Folio Society Books
by Findegil on 2013/5/12 9:23:56

The latest FS bibliography, I think, is Folio 60 btw --it cover to 2006, so would probably have the kind of impression information you're looking for.

We have Folio 60. The first printing of The Silmarillion was issued in 1997, bound in "full blue vegetable parchment ('Elephanthide') with a design in gold, red and black by Mosley; pale grey flecked endleaves. Dark red-brown slip case." The binding was uniform with 1997 printings of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

A second printing of the Folio Society Silmarillion was issued in 2002, and a third in 2003; it is said that "some copies" of these (no number given) were bound "in quarter dark brown morocco, gold Indian silk boards; dark brown endleaves. Brown morocco-covered slip case", the slipcase and spine with calligraphic lettering by John Andrew.

"Some copies" of the fourth printing (2003) were bound like the second and third "but with flecked cream endleaves" and with an additional leaf before the half-title giving a limitation as 1750 numbered copies (this is the only quantity noted for the several printings).

The bibliography also lists a fifth printing in 2004, but without further details.

We have the first and fourth printings in our collection. The limitation statement in the fourth describes the leather as "Wassa goatskin" and the Indian silk (what some would call "slub silk") is hand-woven. The fourth also includes a slip laid in giving instructions on how to care for the leather.

Wayne & Christina
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