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Re: Americans collecting British books
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My take on it is that Americans really embraced the mass-market book, and that quality of construction or design was never that important, whereas the Commonwealth countries - for whatever reason - put more emphasis on well made and styled books, so we just have a bit of a historical legacy which makes the British stuff a bit more appealing for some.

I've also noticed that American style can be quite gaudy (e.g. Easton press, which takes tacky to extremes), whereas that hasn't really been a "thing" in the UK for a long time. I guess it was maybe the Americans trying to emulate the gaudy styles of European royalty. The better quality (in constructiuon) American books tend to be very tacky because they are pretending to be something they are not.

We simply have different histories and it has shaped the products we like. I must admit, I do like the American first impressions of HoME, and I have a set (albeit I have only a couple of other American editions).

Posted on: 2016/11/15 20:45


Re: New Book Releases
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Tolkien.co.uk seem to have the FF Hobbit back in stock, which may imply that it is a second print.

http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/9780 ... +Facsimile+First+Edition+

If anyone happens to get a copy, would be interested if (a) there are any changes to the book, and (b) where it is printed, and by whom.

Edit: Book Depository has it back in stock, so I think we are definitely onto the second impression.

Posted on: 2016/11/14 22:30

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Re: Americans collecting British books
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Morinehtar wrote:

Velmeran wrote:
For me, I'll typically go with HC over HM/HMH because typically the quality is better - at least with first printings anyway.


This is true when HC first prints are made in Italy or the UK. However, this does not apply to anything made in China.

I do tend to favor books printed and bound by LEGO.



With Tolkien, we are somewhat lucky - as the majority of the work was printed back in the days when quality was very high, so as collectors we have many high quality books to collect, without having to pay too much attention to the current releases (many of which are basically filler anyway).

Posted on: 2016/11/14 15:41


Re: Earthquake
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Morinehtar wrote:
Just heard about this. Stay safe Stu.


Will certainly try! Have just boosted the earthquake supplies of food and water (and most importantly -- cat food).

Posted on: 2016/11/13 19:41


Re: Facsimile First Edition - Analysis of Flaps
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Yes, it is important to keep the 4 people in the world who care about these things informed!

Posted on: 2016/11/13 17:41



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