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Matching HC Great Tales

Sep 14
2020/9/14 12:50:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hi folks,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I've collected Tolkien in paperback for many years but with the new illustrated HarperCollins editions trickling out, I'm hoping to upgrade my main Middle-Earth books to hardcover.

I've seen a few different variant dust jackets for Children of Hurin since its publication. I'd like to acquire the 3 Great Tales books with matching matte finish dust jackets and white JRRT and HC spine logos (unlike the original HoC's glossy finish and gold spine logos). Including a photo of the matching editions.

Does anyone know if these are the default hardcover editions at this point if I were to just purchase new from Amazon UK? Or if there is another way to identify the newer editions when purchasing online?

Thanks for any help from the community!

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Sep 14
2020/9/14 14:01:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My understanding is that only the first printing of Children of Hurin had the gold logo on it, and that the first prints of B&L and FoG had the white logos. If you bought the latest prints you should be safe as far as I can tell. It might be nice to buy from somewhere with a good return policy if you want to play it safe.
Sep 14
2020/9/14 14:20:56 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
All new printings of The Children of Hurin more closely resemble the other two tales. Except, the books themselves are different: CoH is blue, and a bit thicker, compared to the other two being black and a bit thinner.
Sep 14
2020/9/14 17:35:46 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

cameron wrote:

My understanding is that only the first printing of Children of Hurin had the gold logo on it

There were at least five printings before the gold logo was changed to white.
Sep 14
2020/9/14 20:36:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Berelach wrote:

cameron wrote:

My understanding is that only the first printing of Children of Hurin had the gold logo on it

There were at least five printings before the gold logo was changed to white.

Thanks great to know, thanks!
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