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Fall of Arthur Deluxe Edition

Jun 23
2021/6/23 8:55:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

This is from HarperCollins

I thought I should alert you to the fact that there has been a problem with the reprint of The Fall of Arthur Deluxe Edition. Frankly the books should never have left the factory, but it wasn’t their fault. The printer was supplied with an incorrect spine brass that should have been corrected before production started, or at least before the books were bound, but with our office closed, there was no opportunity to check the advance samples. This edition was further jinxed by the backlog caused by the Suez Canal blockage and the closure of some Chinese ports due to Covid.

Anyone who has bought a copy in the last week or so will be able to get a replacement, although it will be a few weeks before these are ready to send out.

I will be sent further information on this and will update this thread with them. I also think this is a positive response from HarperCollins for a mistake that was not of their making.
Jun 23
2021/6/23 9:33:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Good that they are dealing with it -- as they should, of course. Interested to see one of the bad copies and exactly what is wrong with it - could end up being a collector's item if only a few escape a recall!
Jun 23
2021/6/23 9:47:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well handled by HC then.
Jun 23
2021/6/23 14:25:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Brass? What does that mean?
Jun 23
2021/6/23 14:31:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
They are used to apply foil to the spines.

This is an example, https://www.dies-direct.com/2018/05/25/brass-book-spines
Jun 23
2021/6/23 15:13:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Interesting. Keep us posted with how the new printings look, if anyone here will get one.
Jun 23
2021/6/23 15:35:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I’d guess either totally the wrong title or the die for the standard edition was used. Would make for an interesting variant in the latter case.
Jun 23
2021/6/23 17:31:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

They are used to apply foil to the spines.

This is an example, https://www.dies-direct.com/2018/05/25/brass-book-spines

Trotter, you crack me up!

I know what a brass dye is. Describing this as a "spine brass" is bordering on nonsensical though. It was rhetorical.
Jun 23
2021/6/23 20:36:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:

Trotter wrote:

They are used to apply foil to the spines.

This is an example, https://www.dies-direct.com/2018/05/25/brass-book-spines

Trotter, you crack me up!

I know what a brass dye is. Describing this as a "spine brass" is bordering on nonsensical though. It was rhetorical.

Dunno, it seemed obvious to me that they were referring to the brass die used for pressing the foil on the spine. It may well be that's how they choose to refer to them internally, given that's what they described it as. Don't really see it as being nonsensical personally.
Jun 24
2021/6/24 0:41:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hi all, I've been a lurker for some time but this is my first post. I've just received the reprinted Fall of Arthur, and the spine foil does not match the layout of other deluxe editions. Maybe this is the error. The Tolkien logo, title, author, and HarperCollins logo are all offset relative to the other deluxes, and the HC logo is tiny. Photos of the first printing I found online do not show this issue. See the photo below of the Arthur spine next to Sir Gawain that matches all of my other deluxes. If HC is replacing with fixed copies, I'd certainly be interested so the set matches better.

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