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Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Oct 3, 2019 (edited)
2019/10/3 9:38:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

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 ... bf32489e54&language=en_GB

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Oct 22, 2019 (edited)
2019/10/22 8:00:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

Stu wrote:

onthetrail wrote:
Those of you who ordered through AwesomeBooks, has anybody had shipping yet?

I have used them previously and had no trouble but on this book they had 20 in stock, now 4 and when I asked when my purchase would ship they said they would look into it and get back to me. Seemed an odd response when "sorry about that, we will get it to you right away" would suffice and have not as yet got back to me with a date.

Nope, no shipping notification for me as yet.

Did they guarantee the price that they quoted?

I assume so. If I don't hear anything tomorrow, I'll probably cancel. Book Depository is only a couple of pounds more delivered to NZ (and they claim dispatched within 3 days, although they can also be a bit unreliable about what they have in stock).

Edit: I cancelled my order.
Oct 23, 2019
2019/10/23 19:21:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Switched to Book Depository and my order has shipped. Was about £2 more expensive to NZ, so no real difference in price.
Oct 23, 2019
2019/10/23 19:29:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I notice that Amazon are cheaper now than when I purchased the book.
Oct 23, 2019
2019/10/23 19:32:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
AwesomeBooks have said my order is about to ship. I have also ordered elsewhere as backup and I will pass it on a Christmas gift if I end up with two.
Oct 23, 2019
2019/10/23 19:50:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:
I notice that Amazon are cheaper now than when I purchased the book.

I've noticed that Amazon almost always to this. The cheapest price from them is usually a week or two after the publication. Pre-ordering incurs a price premium (albeit discounted from the RRP). The price then usually seems to go back up closer to RRP after they have soaked up all the price-sensitive buyers.
Oct 25, 2019
2019/10/25 10:41:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'm a Tolkien fan from China, and also a great admirer of this website, though a quiet one. I enjoy collecting Tolkien-related books, and have high regards to many fellow members on this forum. Like onthetrail has stated earlier, I don't ordinarily mix my pleasures with politics, neither. I've withheld my views for quite a long time but this time I think I may just need to say a few words in defense of my country.

First of all, the "cheap Chinese products" that you, Stu, kept mentioning. Every country has companies that produce quality staff and those that provide low-end stuff. It would be unfair to assume that each and every book printed in China is rubbish and refer to them as "cheap Chinese products" in a scornful and demeaning manner. If you wish, I can send you some books of really good quality that are published and printed in China, and I believe that you will be impressed.

I wish if you could understand that it's HC's fault to negotiate and make contracts with dodgy printing companies in China (e.g. RR Donnelley's China branch and other printers that even don't want to include their names on copyright pages). If LEGO Spa gets the contracts, I'll be no less happier than you. If deluxe books are printed by certain Chinese companies as mentions above, I'll be no less disappointed than you. There are many companies in Italy and other countries including, if I may say so, China that provide high quality printing and binding, and one naturally asks oneself why HC nowadays stick to poor quality products in the case of most deluxe editions while keep selling them at relative high prices, despite all the criticism they get from serious readers. My guess would be that they are greedy and they are ripping us off.

And secondly, I assume this is a public forum and therefore it would be most appreciated if you, Stu, could withhold your political opinions to yourself. Should we started discussing about all those cliches of yellow terror, we would never live long enough to hear the end of it. BTW, honestly I must admit that I haven't heard about the political expression "the West" for many years. One can easily assume that some of us still live in the ancient days of Cold War.

Have you ever considered the possibility of you being biased by being exposed only to, if I may quote, media of "the West"? My suggestions to you, if you don't mind, would be observing the world in a different angle, e.g. trying to make some friends with people from China, and listening to their stories, if you really care about things that are going on on this land. I believe there are quite a lot Chinese students in NZ, actually several good friends of mine are living and studying there.

BTW I think Clays is an awful printer compared to LEGO, but it doesn't stop me from buying UK standard hardbacks that they produce. Of course this is just MY purchase decision. And please rest assured, fellow members from Britain, I love Britain. :D
Oct 25, 2019
2019/10/25 15:06:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hi Lawrence, I am here for quite some time and Stu was always a gentleman and an honorable member of our community. One of your first posts on this forum and you are already attacking a community member, that is quite interesting. The term ‘’the West’’ has roots much older than the Cold war, your implication is not correct. The word "west" is a Germanic word passed into some Romance languages (ouest in French, ovest in Italian, oeste in Spanish and Portuguese). It stems from the Indo-European root *wes reduced from *wes-pero 'evening, night' which is related to Old Greek hesperos and Latin vesper 'evening; west'.The Western world, also known as the West, refers to various regions, nations, and states, depending on the context, most often including at least parts of Europe, Australasia, and the Americas. There are many accepted definitions and they are all closely interrelated. Use of the term West as a specific cultural and geopolitical term developed over the course of the Age of Exploration as Europe spread its culture to other parts of the world. So your idea that Stu was referring to the Cold war is not correct. Additionally, as you said this is an open forum and we in ‘’ the West’’ tend to have free speech so we can discuss politics if we wish too. As for the quality of Chinese books I am sure that there should be high-quality Chinese bookbinders out there. Unfortunately, most of my ‘’Made in China’’ products are low quality though.

Best wishes,
Oct 25, 2019
2019/10/25 15:35:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Admin note - I'm talking over with the moderators our plans, but I would like to put a pause on this political conversation until we have a site policy in place. While I personally feel that everyone is entitled to their own policital and moral views, and base their collecting around those, I don't want this site in particular to get derailed into off-topic discussions or flame-wars.

Nothing decided yet (and PM me if you have strong opinions for what the site policy should be), but in the meantime... again I request that we pause this conversation. I will announce a plan and implement it soon (when I am not traveling internationally for work).
Oct 25, 2019 (edited)
2019/10/25 19:28:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Lawrence wrote:

And secondly, I assume this is a public forum and therefore it would be most appreciated if you, Stu, could withhold your political opinions to yourself.

You could be a Chinese diplomat in Australia with that attitude! You also didn't actually address any of the important issues, whilst focussing on the largely irrelevant (this also qualifies you for that job).

But I'll respect Uruloke's request to avoid politics. I had actually wanted to avoid it myself, but felt pressured into expanding my opinions on the use of Chinese printers when pushed as to why it is a problem.

I think we can all agree to leave it there. There is a reason that politics doesn't come up as a point of discussion here, and it isn't because anyone demands it, either three-time poster or moderators --- it is because for 99.9% of the time it has no relevance to Tolkien collecting.
Oct 25, 2019
2019/10/25 19:41:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I did not mean to step on any toes - just stating that Tolkien books have printed there for a while, such as my Complete Guide to Middle-earth illustrated by Ted Nasmith. "Political reasons" is all that needs to be said. So much stuff is made there, it's kind of hard to avoid (cell phones, etc...). That's all I'll say, and again did not mean to step on any toes: I was speaking strictly in terms of the books themselves.
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