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Re: Fine Binding Silmarillion
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The_Antiquarian, I know nothing about Asprey & Garrard beyond what I've posted. I'm merely stating the facts about this particular book as I see it.

I agree with Eorl. "Fine bindings", unless you're after a copy specifically bound by a particular famous bookbinder, are probably better (certainly to begin with) commissioned from someone cheaper &/or perhaps local. Probably a more enjoyable experience.

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Posted on: 10/25 10:23:10
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Re: Fine Binding Silmarillion
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The binder was indeed Asprey & Garrard. Peter Harrington had it listed on ABE for £1500 the following year, so I suspect they were the winner of this auction. No idea if it sold on ABE or they pulled the listing.

They're still about, Trotter:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asprey#Books
http://www.asprey.com/collection/home/books

BH

Posted on: 10/25 2:35:18
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Re: New Book Releases
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I'm curious as to what product HC could aim at a collector who has two UK 12 volume sets...

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Posted on: 10/22 2:18:43
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Re: New Book Releases
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I'm not saying they don't differ or that it shouldn't be noted. I just think it's an exaggeration to think that the Chinese impressions are dreadful products. They're okay. Still, is that how many of latest deluxe copies there are, 14? They've done not bad keeping them this consistent then?

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Re: New Book Releases
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I think you're splitting hairs here. All the other "deluxe" editions are totally ordinary; they're just normal hardbacks in slipcases. There are US publishers punting out cheap mass-produced "leather" editions for half the price HC have been selling these at. Sure, HC have taken a bit more care with their editions; these are nice looking books. But that's it. I understand you want them to match &/or be the same height for example. But all the black incarnation deluxe editions (from 1997-2001) had the same problems i.e. they weren't the same height either. This is nothing new.

To my mind, HC dropped the ball a long while ago in respect to uniformity of releases etc. Signed PR anyone? Has it's own individual ISBN but is just signed on the title page by Lee. What a load of nonsense. I'm looking at photos on here (generally) & I honestly don't see a massive amount of difference between these books. Same with the complaints about later impressions being printed & bound in Hong Kong, etc. The differences are minor; and they're in respect to editions that were never remarkable to begin with. It's interesting to note, obviously. I just don't see that it's worth getting worked up about...

...assuming you're worked up about this? I think I'm getting worked up about this!

BH

Posted on: 10/21 4:50:03
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