Tolkien Collector's Guide
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Nov 20
2020/11/20 22:09:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Has anyone bought a copy of the US edition? Noticed that this edition does not have a date on the post-mark but was interested in any other obvious changes.

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Nov 20
2020/11/20 22:13:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Good eye. The copyright page is of course completely different, but I didn't notice any other obvious changes. I don't have a US copy at the moment (I returned my first copy due to water damage from the warehouse, and haven't gotten a replacement for it yet).

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Nov 21
2020/11/21 14:42:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have the HMH edition and it does have the date on the postmark.

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Nov 24
2020/11/24 22:26:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello — Beautiful and very helpful guide page; thanks for making it! I do have one correction, I think: The entry "Envelope Nov 2nd" is listed as appearing only in the 2019 edn. (where it is placed behind the "Father Christmas wishlist" on p.152). But in fact it does appear in the 2020 edn. as well, just moved to a different place, on p.149 (now behind the envelope you've called "Envelope - 'Master C & Miss P. Tolkien', N 36 P cancel"). The writing on it is less visible in the 2020 edn., but it looks to me to be the same envelope. I attach pictures for reference (first of 2019 p.152, then 2020 p.149).

I think this is the only entry in your guide where the 2019 edn. has something that the 2020 edn. lacks, so if you agree that the 2020 edn. does not actually lack this item, then the two editions are virtually equivalent in terms of content.

Best,
- IH

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Nov 24
2020/11/24 22:45:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Philomythos wrote:

Hello — Beautiful and very helpful guide page; thanks for making it! I do have one correction, I think: The entry "Envelope Nov 2nd" is listed as appearing only in the 2019 edn. (where it is placed behind the "Father Christmas wishlist" on p.152). But in fact it does appear in the 2020 edn. as well, just moved to a different place, on p.149 (now behind the envelope you've called "Envelope - 'Master C & Miss P. Tolkien', N 36 P cancel"). The writing on it is less visible in the 2020 edn., but it looks to me to be the same envelope. I attach pictures for reference (first of 2019 p.152, then 2020 p.149).

I think this is the only entry in your guide where the 2019 edn. has something that the 2020 edn. lacks, so if you agree that the 2020 edn. does not actually lack this item, then the two editions are virtually equivalent in terms of content.

Best,
- IH

Well spotted! I do agree that is the same envelope pictured in both books. Reading the pencilled handwriting on it makes it pretty clear that it was misplaced in the 2019 edition - I strongly believe it does not go with the "Nov 2" list it appears with, due to the wording "deliver before Cr. Day" which would make no sense for a letter delivered on November 2nd. Also, the placement in the 2020 edition is for the prior year, no less. I am not 100% sure it is the back of the envelope they paired it with, by comparing edges, but it could be. Worth investigating further, if nothing else.

I've added the page reference to the guide page now, but I think some entries need to be moved around to make it more clear what's going on with the various letters and envelopes between these two years. More soon.
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