The Two Towers: Illustrated edition
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The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Deluxe Edition 2021

Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:02:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hello all! I just received my copy of the Deluxe Edition and wow it's beautiful! However, oddly enough my pages were printed upside down and backward. Crazy right?! haha. In the process of getting this sorted.

I do have a question though, how can I tell if it is a first printing and see the number of which it is inside of the printing? I also want to order another one to have the pages in the right order and direction. If I buy off of Amazon UK, can I still expect it is of the first printing?

See picture of copyright page. Thanks for any insights.

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Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:12:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The "1" on the Copyright Page under "This illustrated deluxe edition........" indicates a first printing.

Most likely if you buy again you will get a first printing (but this can never be guaranteed). There seems to be supply issues at the moment - Amazon currently have none in stock and my pre-order still has not shipped. Many other suppliers are out of stock. But best guess is supply problems rather than being sold out.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:15:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Wonderful, that is what I was thinking and hoping. Thank you so much for the reply. I can tell you now, you'll love it, well worth the wait.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:17:56 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

remy wrote:

The "1" on the Copyright Page under "This illustrated deluxe edition........" indicates a first printing.

Most likely if you buy again you will get a first printing (but this can never be guaranteed). There seems to be supply issues at the moment - Amazon currently have none in stock and my pre-order still has not shipped. Many other suppliers are out of stock. But best guess is supply problems rather than being sold out.

If you desperately want to get it, you might want to pick up a copy at one of the retailers that has it. No guarantee that Amazon will be able to fulfil your pre-order.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:26:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:


If you desperately want to get it, you might want to pick up a copy at one of the retailers that has it. No guarantee that Amazon will be able to fulfil your pre-order.

I have 2 pre-orders, One from Amazon UK and one from Amazon Spain (a bargain at 95 Euro - £80). Neither have shipped yet.

I may buy from another retailer soon if neither ship but so far am very confident that it is just supply delays and they will be shipped eventually.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:32:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I received this copy of Amazon UK, due to the pages being upside down and backward they are giving me a partial refund. Of which I used to purchase a 2nd one that is said to be delivered between November 5th - November 17th.

The backward one I'll use to read through and the other is a collector item at this point. Maybe the backward will be worth more as it will be more rare. ha

Best of luck with your orders, hope they get there soon.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:42:28 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Aregan2469 wrote:

The backward one I'll use to read through and the other is a collector item at this point. Maybe the backward will be worth more as it will be more rare.

Does not really work like that for books, printers errors usually mean the book is not worth anything.

Use it as your reading copy as it is fine for that.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 21:50:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Aregan2469 wrote:

I received this copy of Amazon UK, due to the pages being upside down and backward they are giving me a partial refund. Of which I used to purchase a 2nd one that is said to be delivered between November 5th - November 17th.

The backward one I'll use to read through and the other is a collector item at this point. Maybe the backward will be worth more as it will be more rare. ha

Best of luck with your orders, hope they get there soon.

That should have been a full refund. A page block bound in upside-down into the boards would render the book worthless. OK as a reading copy, but no economic value.
Oct 23
2021/10/23 22:06:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Suppose you are both right - it's a reading copy at this point which I'm grateful to have, I can't say enough how beautiful it is.
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