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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For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff ’s lively and informative account of how the book came to be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

http://sacnoths.blogspot.com/2011/03/ ... 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

http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co ... 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

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/991-A_Tolkien_Tapestry.php

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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Oct 22, 2017

Khamûl wrote:
'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


Haha! I will be honest - I did get worked up initially because I have been hoping for this set for a long while. I mean, since HC has been consistently releasing these deluxe editions (and whether people agree these are deluxe or not is another matter!) for more than a decade, I was of course wishing they would allow collectors the pleasure of completing the set.

But it's the story of most things these days isn't it - the decline in quality, and the lack of consistency in design and detail over a span of time. It's easier to accept this from film studios who are churning out products without respect for the material, as it were. It's harder to accept that a long-time publisher of a respected author would be so slipshod. And this isn't just about the latest HOME design... we've discussed other aspects on this forum already.

Anyway, at this point, for me, it's one of those cases where "I can't lose what I didn't have to begin with". So no longer worked up am I
Oct 22, 2017
I'm curious as to what product HC could aim at a collector who has two UK 12 volume sets...

BH
Oct 22, 2017

Khamûl wrote:
I'm curious as to what product HC could aim at a collector who has two UK 12 volume sets...

BH


But HC were marketing this set at collectors who have multiple copies of each book. The very mention of 'deluxe' guarantees some uptake and the resulting effort is laughable. I stopped collecting the deluxe because they are faux deluxe. There is little deluxe about them beyond taking up more space than needed.
Oct 22, 2017

Khamûl wrote:
I'm curious as to what product HC could aim at a collector who has two UK 12 volume sets...

BH


Well, I should have more than two, right? Lots of permutations of priced/unpriced, barcode/no barcode, etc... To be honest, my "A" set never got unboxed after I moved to NZ 4 years ago. I'm not sure I'd bother buying two sets these days!
Oct 23, 2017

Trotter wrote:
A book that I am interested in is the Middle-Earth Treasury, if anyone gets a copy can they kindly post some photos.

Thanks in advance


Trotter, DHL decided my Middle-earth Treasury was too square so they dealt with it and my set is now being sent again from Amazon. Will post pictures when it arrives.
Oct 24, 2017

onthetrail wrote:

Trotter wrote:
A book that I am interested in is the Middle-Earth Treasury, if anyone gets a copy can they kindly post some photos.

Thanks in advance


Trotter, DHL decided my Middle-earth Treasury was too square so they dealt with it and my set is now being sent again from Amazon. Will post pictures when it arrives.



Mine is coming from Book Depository. Pre-ordered -- hasn't shipped yet though, even though they sent me a "It is on the way from our supplier" email quite some time ago.
Oct 24, 2017
(edited)
Thanks Stu and onthetrail, decided to buy a copy anyway, so like you are awaiting delivery.

When I get my copy will compare it with Findegil's blog entry Lord of the Rings Comparison 3

https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co ... f-the-rings-comparison-3/

As the text has probably been reset for this new size for HC, am interested to see what Addenda and Corrigenda has taken place, if any.

Found some pictures on the Interwebs, slipcase bashed to pieces as normal by shipping process

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Oct 24, 2017
I have received the box. I was about to say Trotter that before you buy it. . . . DON'T BUY IT.

https://www.reddit.com/r/tolkienbooks/ ... h_treasury_pocket_boxset/

Added the pics to imgur and posted a link on Reddit and directly IMGUR

It is not very good IMO. Very poorly made. I have not looked at the text yet. Just the outer book. I will keep it but only because I have the previous Tolkien Treasury. The box is OK, well built and sturdy. The Hobbit is dreadful, almost an insult to the art of printing. All printed in China.
Oct 24, 2017
It is not very good IMO. Very poorly made. I have not looked at the text yet. Just the outer book. I will keep it but only because I have the previous Tolkien Treasury. The box is OK, well built and sturdy. The Hobbit is dreadful, almost an insult to the art of printing. All printed in China.


What a shame.
Oct 24, 2017
(edited)
Ahh, the fatty 11th impression Hobbit with the dust jacket that doesn't fit. I had previously posted about that:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... t_id=17659#forumpost17659

Shame, as I was looking forward to this set (and mine just shipped -- had the notification this morning). But make no mistake, based in the pictures shared by onthetrail, I would not be touching this set with a ten foot pole.

Edit: That 11th impression Hobbit with an ill-fitting jacket is clearly different than the 11th with an ill-fitting jacket that I previously documented. So I guess we can't trust the impression numbers either (although nothing new here).

Edit 2: On the plus side, these were always going to be pocket editions, so they were always going to be a bit crap. I'd just hoped LoTR would look a bit better.
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