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Letters from Father Christmas, Centenary Edition

Mar 3 (edited)
2020/3/3 0:52:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

News just coming out about this American edition... likely quite similar to the deluxe edition from the UK that came out last year, but the description makes it sound like there will be additional material appearing for the first time.

For fans of Tolkien and lovers of Christmas holidays, Letters from Father Christmas is a gorgeous, festive gift featuring all of the letters that Tolkien created for his children, for the first time in one book along with other archival elements. Published on the 100th anniversary of the first letter Tolkien sent to his firstborn, John, in 1920, this handsome hardcover will also include an introduction from granddaughter [sic - actually daughter-in-law] Baillie Tolkien, reflecting on the centenary anniversary of the letters, as well as a personal note by Tolkien himself reproduced for the first time.


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Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (6 Oct. 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0358389887
ISBN-13: 978-0358389880

(ISBN may not be final)
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Mar 14
2020/3/14 11:25:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Are the references here to a 2015 copy simply to a later printing of the 2012 edition?

We have details of all editions and their reproductions through 2012 in the Reader's Guide of our J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2017), vol. 2, pp. 1485-88. Christina earlier analyzed the contents of editions through 2009 in The Tolkien Collector nos. 31 and 33, and we had a post about the 2012 edition on our blog.

Wayne & Christina
May 16
2020/5/16 21:40:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Findegil - I am finally going through the "2012" edition that I bought a few months ago, as it seems to match all of the textual points from The Tolkien Collector articles in #31 and #33.

Here is what the copyright page says, though: "This hardback edition 2015". And there is no mention of a 2012 edition.

My boards are red cloth, with red endpapers (Druss mentioned grey boards I think?)

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May 17
2020/5/17 1:12:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
In our copy of the 2012 hardback, the edition statement on the copyright page erroneously reads "This paperback edition". We would guess that in the tenth printing the word "paperback" was corrected to "hardback", and whoever did that changed "2012" to "2015" in the same line. If all of the features of the book are the same as for 2012, then it wouldn't be a new edition for 2015, only the tenth printing of the 2012 edition made in 2015. But it would be interesting to know if the ninth printing, say, still had "This paperback edition 2012".

Wayne & Christina
May 17
2020/5/17 7:35:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have the same copyright page except mine it's numbered 7, not 10; so I guess it answers the question :)
May 22
2020/5/22 20:54:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have fully updated the 2012 column in the comparison chart for the various versions of FCL.

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/w ... ers+From+Father+Christmas

I should be able to fix all the other "?" entries within a few weeks as I get my hands on those editions. I know no-one is looking at this, but if you happen to and spot any mistakes, of course please let me know!
May 22
2020/5/22 20:56:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thank you again, very useful.
May 22
2020/5/22 20:56:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Sorry, too busy, Jeremy...
May 22
2020/5/22 21:09:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
Sorry, too busy, Jeremy...

Working on a Silmarillion article for here, right? Right??
May 22
2020/5/22 21:29:03 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nope.
May 23
2020/5/23 11:36:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
I have fully updated the 2012 column in the comparison chart for the various versions of FCL.

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/w ... ers+From+Father+Christmas

I should be able to fix all the other "?" entries within a few weeks as I get my hands on those editions. I know no-one is looking at this, but if you happen to and spot any mistakes, of course please let me know!

Will update the "?" entries over the next couple of days as I have both of the missing editions, just checking E is this edition, http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details2.php?id=719 and F is this edition, https://www.tolkien.co.uk/products/let ... -r-tolkien-9780007280490/
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