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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

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Dec 6, 2019
2019/12/6 16:54:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
On the flip side, they just created a "holy grail" collector's item - the very small handful of copies that actually align.

Given my prior experience from other collector communities (toys with variants, philately with certain franks/cancels being prized for being clearly legible or from the right city/date/time) I am not being (very) sarcastic here. Someone will be willing to pay extra money to get a copy that is properly aligned. 😉
Dec 6, 2019
2019/12/6 19:47:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'm happy enough with the book. I don't wholly agree with Trotter, though. A big part of designing any product is ensuring that the design you have produced is capable of being properly manufactured using staff and equipment of the expierence/care factor and cost you wish to engage in the manufacturing.

LIke I said, I'm happy enough with it (at £40) - it is a nice book despite this. I wouldn't be happy at £75, mind. It is sometimes easy to forget that the 75 quid is not a small sum.
Dec 6, 2019
2019/12/6 23:38:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Dec 10, 2019
2019/12/10 12:52:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here’s mine... I realise now the franking stamp is not exactly horizontal.

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Dec 10, 2019
2019/12/10 21:23:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Eorl wrote:
Here’s mine... I realise now the franking stamp is not exactly horizontal.

Confirms my suspicion that there are too many variables. Your stamp is high, rather than the usual low, and it still doesn't line up, because the frank mark on the slipcase is in the wrong place.

I notice glue spatters on the slipcase as well. Mine has some of those. Seems like they would have been better gumming them.

Someone must have a copy where it all actually came together correctly! Is this the new Holy Grail???
Dec 10, 2019
2019/12/10 22:30:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:
Someone must have a copy where it all actually came together correctly! Is this the new Holy Grail???

Unfortunately pretty much all sellers (even on second hand sites) are still using stock photos. Going to have to wait a while for that to pass and people to sell copies with real photos (after the holidays?) or go into stores and check every copy. Anyone in the UK want to swing by Blackwells and check out their stock? 😉
Dec 10, 2019
2019/12/10 22:31:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:

Stu wrote:
Someone must have a copy where it all actually came together correctly! Is this the new Holy Grail???

Unfortunately pretty much all sellers (even on second hand sites) are still using stock photos. Going to have to wait a while for that to pass and people to sell copies with real photos (after the holidays?) or go into stores and check every copy. Anyone in the UK want to swing by Blackwells and check out their stock? 😉

The problem is that the paper insert (under the shrinkwrap) covers it, so you basically will only ever know for a used copy.
Dec 11, 2019
2019/12/11 0:08:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
adding to the stack...

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Dec 11, 2019
2019/12/11 1:22:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yes Stu. Those glue splatters annoyed me at first. But I’ve moved past that and am now reading the book 🙂
Dec 15, 2019
2019/12/15 1:15:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The stamp on my copy is pushed almost out of the blind space, but the alignment doesn't look too bad...

What really annoys me is the pixellated stamps in the fold out.

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