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Bookseller article on new Hobbit books
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"HarperCollins is starting its celebrations for the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit ahead of time, with the publication of a collection of Tolkien's artwork and a 'cute' pocket-sized edition of the novel at the end of this month."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/har ... s-hobbit-anniversary.html

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They were originally added as a fold out end paper probably four pages wide by two or three pages in height and were originally produced in black and red. Clearly this edition did not last long. As the books became increasingly popular and printing techniques became more advanced, the previously expensive method of attaching the maps to the back of edition was ditched.


Clearly indeed this edition did not last long (at least 35 years from 1954 to 1988 or 1989) as three volume hardbacks.

Posted on: 2011/10/17 21:18

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Easton Press confirmed that The Hobbit was reduced in size when combined with The Lord of the Rings into a four volume set (before the Silmarillion). They were not sure of the date this happened, as the publishing archives are now offsite - a project for someone someday to go dig through if useful!

Also, the pegasus paper endsheets were used for the "Masterpieces of Fantasy" collection, which was discontinued in 2009. Again, not sure when that collection started, but the original (and subsequent) EP editions have the silk endpapers.

Posted on: 2011/10/17 14:52
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I seem to remember they've been available for some years now. Can anyone recall when they first appeared for sale?

On another note - Stephen Raw's daughter has posted an essay on TORN, in order to promote sales.

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/ ... gs-maps-the-real-history/

There's one or two ideas here which caused me to raise an eyebrow -

eg: "J.R.R. Tolkien did not draw the maps to accompany The Lord of the Rings, rather he commissioned his son, the much less gifted artist, Christopher Tolkien."

and - "...it is difficult to imagine what J.R.R. Tolkien’s real intentions were for the maps at all. If he did not draw the original, it is impossible to say why he omitted certain details and added them elsewhere. The real mystery is why J.R.R. Tolkien, as an accomplished artist and cartographer himself, asked his son to produce the books most important illustrations. Perhaps it was because he was concentrating on his writing."


what do others think?

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Limited edition prints are available for sale, at $550 plus p&p for a set of three.

http://www.tolkienmaps.com/

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Posted on: 2011/10/17 11:45



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