Tolkien Collector's Guide

Winner of the 2019 Tolkien Society award for Best Website

By Stu
Shirrif (Moderator)

"Deluxe" Sketchooks

Nov 27

Seller: books-on-a-budget (1673)
Ended Nov 28, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
£75.00
Some images in this auction

eBay Item #184055745847
Load previous replies
Nov 29

insurrbution wrote:
Ah yes I saw that video yesterday: with only The Hobbit Sketchbook being signed and numbered, and the off-center stamping (see his video on the Letters From Father Christmas deluxe), this set looks to be a complete rip off. It should be about 20 pound or so cheaper. I mean, the other sketchbook has been out since 2005, and I believe you can still get signed copies of the standard Hobbit one via Blackwell's.

Things like that make me shake my head at HarperCollins: they're capable of producing nice Tolkien items, but the amount of printing 'goofs' has seemed to increase quite a bit from 2010 onwards. Next year's The Fall of Gondolin (for someone else, not me) and A Secret Vice paperbacks will be it for me from them.

Hey, but at least it is printed in the EU! It is a shame they couldn't get that alignment right. As I have said, the content doesn't interest me, so I won't be buying it, but other than that misalignment, it looks reasonably well put together. I think the daft high RRPs these days reflect the fact that people expect to be getting at least 30% off.
Nov 30
Dec 2

Urulókë wrote:

I went ahead and ordered the boxed set today (from Book Depository this time, as they have done acceptably in the past for me with packaging and customer service). I never got the sketchbooks separately so this seems like a nicely packaged opportunity to get both and a pretty slipcase.

And... Book Depository refunded my order stating
We're sorry to let you know we are unable to fulfill your order of the below items, and have issued a refund. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Dec 2
That's a shame. Amazon still claims to have it in stock. Full RRP though.
Dec 3
Received my Alan Lee Sketchbooks and I am very underwhelmed. The slip is awful, dreadful quality, again HarperCollins demonstrate that deluxe is something they have no clue about. The build quality is the worst I have seen for a slip in many a year. The edges are so poorly that the boards move when the set is handled.

Then add the fact that the blurb that should be on a separate sheet is printed on the back of the 'deluxe' slipcase and the exercise in 'take your money for minimal effort' is complete.

Awful product. Shame on HarperCollins.
Dec 3
Well, now I am not unhappy at all that my order was cancelled! Anyone else have a copy and a different opinion? Perhaps onthetrail just got a bad copy...?

Also I found my first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, so I will probably just pick up a copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook instead of the slipcased pair.
Dec 3

Urulókë wrote:
Also I found my first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, so I will probably just pick up a copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook instead of the slipcased pair.
You probably have a rare unsigned "first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook"

I had a rare unsigned "first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook until last week, when Alan Lee signed it for me 😢😢😢
Dec 3
Looking further at the slipcase it really is a badly designed and executed product. The books are actually pleasantly nice, a far cry from their outer though.

The construction uses boards covered with the the outer paper but the boards are not aligned to edges and have air pockets where the triangular effect is created. It is just poor design and is already ripping, which I think will happen on all of them over time given the design.

Then the rear, the blurb that is on websites, the barcode and the price. On the rear of a 'deluxe' slipcase? Nothing screams deluxe like a price on can't remove. HarperCollins should hang their heads. They are not fit to publish a train timetable, never mind a 'deluxe' book.

4446_5de6b28cd1182.jpg 1984X3968 px

4446_5de6b29e7afb5.jpg 1984X3968 px
Dec 3

onthetrail wrote:
Looking further at the slipcase it really is a badly designed and executed product. The books are actually pleasantly nice, a far cry from their outer though.

The construction uses boards covered with the the outer paper but the boards are not aligned to edges and have air pockets where the triangular effect is created. It is just poor design and is already ripping, which I think will happen on all of them over time given the design.

Then the rear, the blurb that is on websites, the barcode and the price. On the rear of a 'deluxe' slipcase? Nothing screams deluxe like a price on can't remove. HarperCollins should hang their heads. They are not fit to publish a train timetable, never mind a 'deluxe' book.

Yep, that slipcase looks pretty nasty. Looked OK from the front in the video posted earlier. At least the books are OK, but seems like a lot of money for books which are covered with material that a few years back would have just been counted as "completely normal", given that the slipcase is a turkey.
Dec 3
(edited)
Stu wrote:
Yep, that slipcase looks pretty nasty. Looked OK from the front in the video posted earlier. At least the books are OK, but seems like a lot of money for books which are covered with material that a few years back would have just been counted as "completely normal".

It did look OK from that video and again I will admit I like the books themselves so not all is lost, but I would be no worse off if I had just opted cheap and bought the standard Hobbit sketchbook to match the Rings one.
Load more
Jump to Last