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Apr 16, 2011 (edited)

Wayne and Christina have posted about The Hobbit 75th Anniversary and included a link to HarperCollins Online UK catalogue

Prices below converted from Canadian dollars to UK pounds

The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition
Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal. To commemorate this anniversary, HarperCollins is proud to present a facsimile edition of the first historic printing of The Hobbit. A must-have for any collector or fan!
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £40 |
978-0-00-744083-2 | HB | 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 | 312 pp

The Pocket Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again. Perfect for gift giving, this is a beautiful hardcover pocket edition of The Hobbit, commemorating 75 years since the publication of this beloved book.
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £11 |
978-0-00-744084-9 | HB | 4 3/8 x 6 | 304 pp

The History of the Hobbit
One Volume Edition
J. R. R. Tolkien and John Rateliff
For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff ’s lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien’s ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.
August | LITERARY CRITICISM/Science Fiction & Fantasy |
LIT004260 | £35 | 978-0-00-744082-5 | HB | 5 5/8 x 8 3/4 | 960 pp ... obbit-second-edition.html

The Art of the Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, a sumptuous full colour art book containing the complete collection of more than one hundred Hobbit sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.
December | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £26 |
978-0-00-744081-8 | HB | 8 7/8 x 12 1/4 | 128 pp ... 10/the-art-of-the-hobbit/

A Tolkien Tapestry
Pictures to accompany The Lord of the Rings
Cor Blok, Illustrated by Cor Blok
This brand new full-colour art book reveals in sumptuous detail over 100 paintings based on The Lord of the Rings by acclaimed Dutch artist, Cor Blok, many of which appear here for the first time. Fifty years ago Cor Blok was captivated by the trilogy and this spark of enthusiasm led to the creation of over 100 paintings.
October | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £22 |
978-0-00-743798-6 | HB | 7 1/2 x 9 5/8 | 160 pp
Deluxe edition: £50 | 978-0-00-743799-3

Mr Bliss
J. R. R. Tolkien, Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien
A brand new edition of this long unavailable children’s story with newly scanned manuscript pages and redesigned text. Tolkien invented and illustrated the book of Mr Bliss’s adventures for his own children when they were very young. The story is reproduced here exactly as he created it – handwritten with lots of detailed and uproarious colour pictures.
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £16 |
978-0-00-743619-4 | HB | 5 1/8 x 7 3/4 | 144 pp
Also available in unabridged audio: £21 | 978-0-00-744052-8

From correspondence with David Brawn at HarperCollins, I also have details of Tolkien eBooks for the next year.

I am pleased to say that the eBooks will be published this year, with the two volumes of The Book of Lost Tales published in the next couple of weeks, to be followed at two-monthly intervals by the three Early Silmarillion volumes, then the four Lord of the Rings volumes, and finally the two Later Silmarillion and the Peoples of Middle-earth volumes in September. The complementary work, The History of The Hobbit, will follow as an ebook in October. Carpenter’s A Biography, together with John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War, will be published as eBooks at the end of April, to coincide with new paperback editions of both works. We are planning to publish eBooks of Letters and the Hammond and Scull books early next year.
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Apr 16, 2013
Thanks Morgan and Turambar for the heads' up.

As far as I can tell that Silmarillion is just new cover art. Yes?

The Bodleian book sounds nice - won't know until is comes out if it has anything we haven't seen elsewhere. Is someone planning to get it and can give a review?
Apr 16, 2013
I have ordered a copied and should get it on release, I will let people know what is in it, from a Tolkien point of view, but I am also interested in the other material

I'll also get the Silmarillion but I think you are right that it is just a new cover.
Apr 16, 2013
The University of Chicago Press will be distributing "Magical Tales" in the USA. It will be available in June (about a month after the Bodleian release date). ... ributed/M/bo15600475.html

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Anna Caughey, David Clark, Hannah Field, Carolyne Larrington, and Diane Purkiss

192 pages
70 color plates
7 x 7 1/2
ISBN: 9781851242641

A faun carrying an umbrella. A hobbit who makes his home in a hole in the ground. An ill-treated schoolboy with a secret and a scar. Fantasy is among the most beloved genres in children’s literature— and its offerings are often just as eagerly anticipated by adults. But how is it that writers like J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman are able to create such remarkable images?

Magical Tales traces the origin of the genre back through Norse mythology, Arthurian legend, and medieval literature. Drawing on manuscripts and rare books in the renowned collection of the Bodleian Library, the essays turn the spotlight on spell books; grimoires, or magical textbooks; and books of legend and myth whose themes writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis incorporated into their work, inspiring generations of writers that extend to the present day. In serving as a source of inspiration for later literary works, the contributors show, myths and legends have themselves been altered in interesting ways.

Richly illustrated, Magical Tales offers an enchanting take on the development of this wildly popular genre.

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Apr 17, 2013
Thanks Urulókë for that one--I wasn't aware of that book.

As most of you already know, the reprint of _J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memorium_ is now available: ... +Scholar+and+Storyteller.

I'd highly recommend it if you don't already own it.

"It includes his obituary notices from The Times of London [frequently and erroneously attributed to C.S. Lewis] and his valedictory address at Oxford in which he points out, eloquently and purposefully, the artificiality of the split between language and literary study." I think the version printed here is slightly different than the one that appears in _Monsters and the the Critics_. The collection also contains an early piece by Shippey.
Apr 18, 2013

Urulókë wrote:
As far as I can tell that Silmarillion is just new cover art. Yes?

Presumably, yes. It looks like it's intended to match this existing Hobbit/LR set:
Apr 20, 2013
The cover's up:


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Apr 23, 2013
This is blatant self-promotion, but even so, the new issue of Mythlore will be coming out soon:

The Tolkien Estate has been extremely kind in allowing me to quote from a previously unpublished Tolkien letter in my article, in which Tolkien briefly discusses Narnia.

For those interested in previously unpublished material from Tolkien, you might want to pick up a copy.

Apr 23, 2013
Congrats Josh! Looking forward to reading it.
Apr 24, 2013
Many congratulations, Josh! I will order this issue (and I really need to become a member of the Mythopoeic Society).
Apr 24, 2013
Blatant self-promotion is fine with us Josh --thanks for letting us know!

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