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Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Oct 3 (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

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

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Nov 20
2019/11/20 0:04:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
If you're familiar with World of Books, AwesomeBooks is basically the exact same type of 'company'. They pack everything in unpadded plastic sleeves, regardless of cost or whether it is new or used. They will give you a refund if you have any legitimate issue with the condition received (refusing delivery was a good call) but sometimes you have to be persistent. I'd only recommend them for reading copies.
Nov 20
2019/11/20 7:22:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

FWIW, Book Depository still seem to have it. Obviously their price changes depending on where you are located, but they are currently about £44 shipped to NZ, so I imagine other locations will be similarly priced.

Buying from Belgium, Book Depository lists it at about £60... I've now bought a copy on eBay for £47 shipped, which is the cheapest I seemed to find.
Nov 20
2019/11/20 9:09:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Éarendel wrote:

Stu wrote:

FWIW, Book Depository still seem to have it. Obviously their price changes depending on where you are located, but they are currently about £44 shipped to NZ, so I imagine other locations will be similarly priced.

Buying from Belgium, Book Depository lists it at about £60... I've now bought a copy on eBay for £47 shipped, which is the cheapest I seemed to find.


Probably the difference in BD price is down to VAT. They don't need to charge it outside of Europe. And until the end of this month they don't have to levy the 15% NZ GST (as of the end of this month our tax free allowance for imports is going away and foreign suppliers will have to levy it and pay the NZ government. This is a very bizarre state of affairs).
Nov 20
2019/11/20 14:49:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Berelach wrote:
If you're familiar with World of Books, AwesomeBooks is basically the exact same type of 'company'. They pack everything in unpadded plastic sleeves, regardless of cost or whether it is new or used. They will give you a refund if you have any legitimate issue with the condition received (refusing delivery was a good call) but sometimes you have to be persistent. I'd only recommend them for reading copies.

Thanks to all who have replied about Awesomebooks, not a company that I have dealt with before, and based on your feedback will not use.
Dec 5 (edited)
2019/12/5 21:31:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Out of interest, did anyone get a copy of this where the stamp on the slipcase is in the correct position? My copy has it about 2mm too low. Doesn't look terrible by any means, but it does mean the frank on the stamp doesn't like up with the frank on the slipcase itself.
Dec 5
2019/12/5 21:41:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Mine is also off, but looking closely, the stamp is centered in the blind-stamp impression (rectangular indentation) and the frank/cancel ink on the slipcase itself is too high.
Dec 5
2019/12/5 22:22:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
Mine is also off, but looking closely, the stamp is centered in the blind-stamp impression (rectangular indentation) and the frank/cancel ink on the slipcase itself is too high.

Mine is too low in the blind-stamp impression. If it was in the correct position it would line up with the frank. Seems like we have variation on both the slipcase printing (or blind-stamping) and the stamp positioning, then. Maybe HarperCollins should just keep it simple with stuff like this.
Dec 5
2019/12/5 23:20:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I thought it worth sharing my example - anyone else willing?

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Dec 6
2019/12/6 1:19:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
I thought it worth sharing my example - anyone else willing?

Yeah, I'll post mine up when there isn't a baby sleeping in the same room as the book! The level of misalignment on mine is about the same, albeit for the slightly different reason.
Dec 6
2019/12/6 2:06:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
There we go..

Too many variables. How the faux-stamp is cut, the positioning of the ink on the red paper, the positioning of the blind stamp on the red paper and the positioning of the faux-stamp on the paper.

Was probably never going to work, except where luck happened to come together for a particular copy.

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