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Re: New Book Releases

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More first printings are in the South Kensington Bookshop, near South Ken tube station.

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Re: New Book Releases

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Our copy of the first printing is by CBI Group (UK), Croydon. Sorry, we haven't thought to look at the printer notices of the others. We'll try to do so as we continue our bookshopping.


Sorry, that should have been CPI Group. We were in Piccadilly again today, and rechecked copies of the 4th and 7th printings. Both are also, like the 1st, printed by CPI Group of Croydon.

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Re: New Book Releases

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Our copy of the first printing is by CBI Group (UK), Croydon. Sorry, we haven't thought to look at the printer notices of the others. We'll try to do so as we continue our bookshopping.

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Re: New Book Releases

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More on the paperback Beren and Lúthien: the copies in Waterstones Piccadilly are from the 7th printing!

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Re: New Book Releases

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We saw a third printing of the paperback Catlin Hobbit at Foyles. As far as we've been able to determine, the first paperback printing was marked as the second, and that's what we bought on publication. Does anyone know if there was more than one printing of the original hardback? If not, one could assume that the first paperback was the second printing overall (dangerous though such an assumption could be).

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Re: New Book Releases

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Thanks, Berelach, for letting us know that there is a printing marked as a first, otherwise we might have supposed that the paperback Beren and Lúthien was the fourth printing following on three in hardback. In London prior to the Bodleian opening next week, we found only fourth printings in Hatchard's, Waterstones in Garrick Street, and the British Library bookshop, but there are several first printings (less the one we bought) at Foyles in Charing Cross Road.

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Re: Tolkien Card to Patricia Kirke from 24 December 1956

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The word before "Bernadette" is "beloved". Bernadette, ultimately Saint Bernadette, was a young woman of Lourdes who saw apparitions of a lady (the Virgin Mary) who identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th.

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Re: Transcription Help Please

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It's the same letter. We handled it while researching Artist and Illustrator. The first page is in Life and Legend, clearly dated to 1904 -- Tolkien was not only seven -- while the Family Album has the second and third pages (the folded letter is there opened out). The name at the end is indeed 'Edmund'.

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Re: New topics in Scull and Hammond's second edition Reader's Guide

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Thanks very much, Jeremy! In case it's not clear, the topics struck through weren't removed from the Reader's Guide, only renamed or relocated for one reason or another: e.g. what we wrote as 'Elvish Incarnation' is now part of the longer entry Some Notes on 'Rebirth', while 'Gale, St Teresa' was re-entered more properly (under T), and enlarged, as 'St Teresa Gale'.

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Re: Bilbo's Last Song puzzle

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My working copy of the Bibliography has "double-sided" and "(with A Map of Middle-earth by Pauline Baynes)" deleted on p. 207, and I've confirmed this correction again just now with our copies of the puzzles. A similar correction should be made on p. 378, for Eii11. Bilbo's Last Song and A Map of Middle-earth were only single-sided puzzles. The double-sided puzzle was, however, Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves and There and Back Again, Pauline's map for The Hobbit.

Wayne
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