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By Stu
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Clays HoME vs LEGO HoME

Mar 5, 2018 (edited)
2018/3/5 22:06:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Well, my Clays set of HoME with damaged slipcase came around the world for its third time after being "unclaimed" by Amazon from Spanish customs. The slipcase had gone from one big bump and one torn edge to 5 torn edges. I glued it back together (with a lot less care than I would have for a decent set of books). Given I have both sets together, it seemed worth doing a photo comparison.

The Clays set vs the LEGO set should be fairly obvious, as one is much worse than the other (although in all honesty, neither is anything to write home about, the LEGO version is perfectly passable).

The print run for Clays was 235 copies.
The print run for LEGO was 800 copies.

[Edit: added a key to photos. Copyright page in each case is from Volume 3 (the volume which got bumped in the Clays set)]

[Edit: Note the information sheet for the Clays set was provided glued to the outside of the shrink-wrap, with a copy slipped into the slipcase. The LEGO set had a single copy in the slipcase]

1. Clays box after a battering. Books are tight fit and box is very, very flimsy
2. Clays Left, LEGO right
3. Clays Left LEGO right
4. Clays Left LEGO right
5. Clays right, LEGO left
6. Clays left, LEGO right
7. Clays right, LEGO left / top. (Volume 2 of each)
8. Clays Bottom, LEGO top (Volume 2 of each)
9. LEGO top, Clays Bottom (Volume 2 of each)
10. Clays Left, LEGO right (Volume 2 of each)
11. Clays Left, LEGO right

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Mar 5, 2018
2018/3/5 22:30:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for sharing this! It may not be obvious to more casual readers, if you would care to call out which is which in your photos.
Mar 5, 2018
2018/3/5 23:50:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Done, also added the insert sheet and vol3 copyright pages.
Mar 6, 2018
2018/3/6 18:43:46 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Also added print run info for both variants to OP.
Mar 6, 2018
2018/3/6 21:21:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's fantastic Stu, thanks for laying all that out!
Mar 8, 2018
2018/3/8 5:12:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for these. Can you slap a ruler to the case and post heights for each.
Mar 8, 2018
2018/3/8 8:06:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
234mm high for Clays, 238mm high for LEGO.
Apr 1, 2018
2018/4/1 22:18:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
An additional note - at least one set of these was supplied by HarperCollins (in sealed box) containing a mix of Clays and LEGO (Vols 1 & 3 LEGO, Vol 2 Clays). Both Volume 2 and 3 had binding defects.

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