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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 ... bf32489e54&language=en_GB

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Nov 8

insurrbution wrote:
For those who know *about* Tolkien, y'all should be using Blackwell's for Tolkien titles ;)

Super expensive, of course. I might buy in-store if I was in the vicinity, but generally not a place I'd use for online purchasing (although I believe I have bought a couple of things from them).
Nov 8

insurrbution wrote:
For those who know *about* Tolkien, y'all should be using Blackwell's for Tolkien titles ;)

The last Blackwell's I was in was the one in Manchester after they had moved into their new building. They have a big 'history of literature' on the wall with all the important events in publishing. Lots of authors and publications mentioned along with historical events with plenty of coverage for the years that Blackwell's have operated. Tolkien did not feature. Rowling did.
Nov 8
Shopping from Canada (don't know if price change based on where you are) their prices - which includes shipping (again, to Canada. Could vary by region) have been pretty decent: on par with Amazon.
Nov 8
Bringing the thread back on topic (mostly)... has Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe edition for £42.21 plus £6.90 in shipping to the USA, which converts to about $63 (USD). has the same title for $96.16 (USD).

That's 50% more. Not having ordered from them at all, recently, how is their packaging compared to Amazon's? Worth 50% more in price?
Nov 8
It MAY be possible that Blackwell's has the shipping included with the price, whereas Amazon doesn't.
Nov 8
(nvm, I missed the part about the shipping - sorry for the forum traffic)
Nov 8
I bought Chaucer from Blackwell's. Nothing special about the packaging; the book was totally unprotected within standard cardboard sleeve packaging i.e. the same as Amazon, BD, SpeedyHen, etc.
Nov 9
I would be happy to support smaller businesses. The reason I shop with Amazon is because of their customer service and returns policy which have been good for me, especially when ordering expensive items from overseas. I realize £60 may not be considered expensive for some, but for me it is.
Nov 10
My copy finally arrived (and without any bumps). On the face of it, it definitely appears well made, irrespective of where it might have been printed. It certainly is nice to see some effort went into the design of this one. Hopefully the future editions in the series (as seems there will be at least one more) continue this trend.
17 hours ago
I received my book today. It really is very well produced. I was intrigued by the texture of the slipcase - it feels matte-ish.

I’m so happy 😀
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