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LotR Boxset 50th Anniversary 2005

Mar 13 (edited)
2020/3/13 12:03:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hello everyone,

Do you have any idea about the value (and the scarcity) of this boxset?
It seems to be very rare (never seen on ebay or abe) for a year or so I'm looking around.
I also heard that its of far better quality (paper/binding/jacket) than the 60th anniversary.

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details2.php?id=1259
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Mar 16
2020/3/16 17:53:28 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's how mine looks; but check to see how Marazubul is spelt within the plate section - would be the middle image w/ the caption.

I'm glad that these three things are extremely minor, compared to some errors pre-50th anniversary revision.
Mar 16
2020/3/16 18:02:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
That's how mine looks; but check to see how Marazubul is spelt within the plate section - would be the middle image w/ the caption.

I'm glad that these three things are extremely minor, compared to some errors pre-50th anniversary revision.

The 'Mazarbul' error was corrected by the 14th impression.

Thanks for the pics Lawrence! Actually if you don't mind, could you post a picture of page ix from your new Return of the King? (see if you can spot the error ;)
Mar 16
2020/3/16 18:06:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Finally, for now - does anyone know if these three errors were present in any printings of the single-volume hardback edition?

This one (not my photo). I'm curious how widespread it is. I was at a bookstore sometime last year thumbing through this copy, I forget which printing it was, however it was spelt 'Marzabul'. The foldout maps were also SLIGHTLY glossy, but not printed on glossy paper - sort of somewhere in between.

https://pictures.abebooks.com/SETANTABOOKS/22220408371_4.jpg
Mar 16
2020/3/16 18:24:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello Berelach, man of Gordor!

Thanks for the hint. I've never noticed this error before. Unfortunately it's still here.

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Mar 16
2020/3/16 18:26:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Lawrence wrote:
Hello Berelach, man of Gordor!

Thanks for the hint. I've never noticed this error before. Unfortunately it's still here.

Good eye! Thank you.


insurrbution wrote:
Finally, for now - does anyone know if these three errors were present in any printings of the single-volume hardback edition?

This one (not my photo). I'm curious how widespread it is. I was at a bookstore sometime last year thumbing through this copy, I forget which printing it was, however it was spelt 'Marzabul'. The foldout maps were also SLIGHTLY glossy, but not printed on glossy paper - sort of somewhere in between.

https://pictures.abebooks.com/SETANTABOOKS/22220408371_4.jpg

Yeah this is covered on Hammond/Scull's site:

Lord of the Rings Comparison 1
Lord of the Rings Comparison 2
Lord of the Rings Comparison 3
Mar 16
2020/3/16 18:43:46 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
That's how mine looks; but check to see how Marazubul is spelt within the plate section - would be the middle image w/ the caption.

I'm sorry but I'm a bit confused. All my 50th and 60th Anni. FotR copies use the spelling "Leaves from the Book of Mazarbul" on the colour plate. Is there anything wrong that I'm not aware of?

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Mar 16
2020/3/16 19:12:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Lawrence wrote:

insurrbution wrote:
That's how mine looks; but check to see how Marazubul is spelt within the plate section - would be the middle image w/ the caption.

I'm sorry but I'm a bit confused. All my 50th and 60th Anni. FotR copies use the spelling "Leaves from the Book of Mazarbul" on the colour plate. Is there anything wrong that I'm not aware of?

Nope, that copy is fine. The error was made at some point after the 6th impression but was corrected by the 14th impression. The error was 'Marzabul' for 'Mazarbul'. I think 'Marazubul' may have been a typo, insurrbution?

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Mar 16
2020/3/16 19:39:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The correct spelling is "Mazarbul", with the error - in some printings - being "Marzabul."
Mar 16
2020/3/16 19:42:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
(I may have spelt it wrong myself, prior to the post before this one)
Mar 18
2020/3/18 18:25:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Berelach wrote:
Nope, that copy is fine. The error was made at some point after the 6th impression but was corrected by the 14th impression. The error was 'Marzabul' for 'Mazarbul'.

Thank you very much for the explanation!
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