Tolkien Collector's Guide
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Sep 3
2020/9/3 14:33:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Even I, someone who has berated HarperCollins deluxe treatments has to admit we have discussed this subject to death. Can we possibly call time on our repeat attacks on this subject?
Sep 3
2020/9/3 14:59:00 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

onthetrail wrote:

Even I, someone who has berated HarperCollins deluxe treatments has to admit we have discussed this subject to death. Can we possibly call time on our repeat attacks on this subject?

I agree
Sep 3
2020/9/3 16:13:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:

Yeah.... not to sound like a broken record, but these 'deluxe' editions they've been publishing since 2004 aren't 'deluxe' compared to what the publisher used to offer in the late '90s / early 2000's. Where's the gilt-edged pages? Where's the leather(ette) slipcase and binding? Only the limited editions of The Children of Hurin and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun deserve to be called "deluxe", in my own personal opinion.

I mean, with some of the issues I've been reading about that some of the slipcased editions have been having (from The Story of Kullervo onwards) I'm inclined to think that the standard hardback editions are of better production quality!

I don't disagree, but I have to admit the HCD series is still probably the best-looking way to own many of these books. If you can track down the European-made copies, I reckon they're quite nice books in terms of binding, inking, and paper quality. And, with some patience, I've been able to pick up a few for a non-deluxe price. I'll be happy when the full lot finally adorn my shelf, and I'm rather enjoying to process of hunting for them. It's like fishing!
Sep 3
2020/9/3 16:15:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I love their Tolkien hardbacks :) I just don't feel that the slipcased editions are worth the money they cost (reduce the MSRP by 1/4, then it'd be more reasonable). Especially since they don't feature trappings of their previous deluxe titles (the leather, gilt-edged pages, etc)

We, as consumers, should be able to call them out on quality issues and standards of quality - ESPECIALLY pertaining to issues with the premium editions. When your standard edition has better production quality than the premium format, there's a problem. (specifically, referring to the stamp issue with Letters From Father Christmas. Zero issues with the standard hardback edition....)

That's all I meant to say
Sep 3 (edited)
2020/9/3 19:24:34 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think we have probably done the "Deluxe editions aren't deluxe" thing to death at this point - we are all in agreement. Probably worth moving onto other topics.

[Edit: I see onthetrail has posted exactly the same thing. Oh, and Trotter]

[Edit2: I'm not saying we shouldn't criticise when things are not up to par. My point is that everyone here has had that discussion ad-nauseum, so we should probably give it a rest until there is something different to comment on (good or bad -- hopefully good)].
Sep 14
2020/9/14 21:16:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My copy has arrived!

I was initially scared because the box was destroyed but the book and slipcase were somehow undamaged and NF condition (how can they ship a RRP GBP 75.00 book in a small box without any sort of padding?).

Anyways, the book and slipcase look great. IMO HC did a great job with this one in terms of colours and style. It is still 1st print by Rotolito and I am quite satisfied with the quality.
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