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Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Oct 3 (edited)

Letters from Father Christmas Hardcover – Special Edition, 17 Oct 2019

This beautiful, deluxe slipcased edition of Tolkien’s famous illustrated letters from Father Christmas to his children includes for the first time every letter, picture and envelope that he sent them, reproduced in glorious colour. The perfect Christmas gift for Tolkien lovers of all ages.

This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s has been reworked into a sumptuous, new deluxe edition. It contains brand new high-quality digital reproductions of his wonderful letters and pictures, including a number them that have never been printed before, a revised introduction by Baillie Tolkien, and a special full-colour, foldout frontispiece.

‘My dear children, I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault. It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there has ever been. It turned the North Pole black!’

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J. R. R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole:
• How all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place.
• How the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining-room
• How he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden
• How there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house!

Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. From the first note to Tolkien’s eldest son in 1920 to the final poignant letter to his daughter in 1943, this book collects all the remarkable letters and pictures in one enchanting edition. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.


I really like the design of this book, could be my favourite UK deluxe so far

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Fathe ... bf32489e54&language=en_GB

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Oct 6
I just don't see the point of bland editions of reference works, really. And the deluxe editions of reference works can't really be anything other than bland. I get that some people have an insane need to collect everything in exactly the same format, but I don't think there are THAT many people. HoME took a long time for its second deluxe version because they didn't think there was enough of a market for it (they said this), and when it did, it got a half-assed version, which initially was expected to be less than 250 copies (hence the half-assedness).
Oct 7
Makes sense, valid point :)
Oct 7
An updated publications of Letters is about the only thing I think is missing in current Deluxe format.
Had they actually done a proper job on the HoME set; then I could see the argument for HotH.

Maybe some amalgam of the smaller works (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Finn & Hengest, etc.) that would otherwise be too small as a stand alone work. Don't need another FoA or SoK tiny Deluxe edition.
Oct 7
Agreed. After seeing what they did with HoME I don’t see the point of other reference works getting the deluxe treatment - should they match the HoME deluxe editions (horrors... it is mismatched with the rest of the deluxes) or should they match the rest of the deluxe so that HoME still remains the odd one out?

A nice pickle! And HoME wasn’t half-assed. Although this isn’t even a word, IMO it was full-assed

I’d like to see Mr. Bliss (because the illustrations are really nice!), Tolkien’s Letters, and possibly to make the end of this series a compilation of his other works that would be too short to warrant being released as standalone books.
Oct 7
Yeah if not for its such short length, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun would most likely have gotten that treatment. I don't much about book binding, but I'd think it'd be too small to even MAKE into a deluxe edition.
Oct 7
There is a deluxe edition for The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, from Easton Press...

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... ewtopic.php?post_id=19030
Oct 7

Eorl wrote:
Agreed. After seeing what they did with HoME I don’t see the point of other reference works getting the deluxe treatment - should they match the HoME deluxe editions (horrors... it is mismatched with the rest of the deluxes) or should they match the rest of the deluxe so that HoME still remains the odd one out?

A nice pickle! And HoME wasn’t half-assed. Although this isn’t even a word, IMO it was full-assed

I’d like to see Mr. Bliss (because the illustrations are really nice!), Tolkien’s Letters, and possibly to make the end of this series a compilation of his other works that would be too short to warrant being released as standalone books.


You are quite right, as it is an English phrase.. it should be "half arsed", with an "r"!

The first print of the recent HoME was most definitely this. Take exact same everything as the standard edition, and cover it in paper, but make the boards and slipcase even thinner and less durable than standard. It was an absolute turkey.
Oct 8
Haha didn’t know that.
Oct 10
AwesomeBooks has the book for £39.00 at the moment

https://www.awesomebooks.com/book/9780 ... ers-from-father-christmas
Oct 10
Thanks for the heads up! The shipping to the USA through that site is less than £3 as well.
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