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Apr 16, 2011 (edited)

Wayne and Christina have posted about The Hobbit 75th Anniversary and included a link to HarperCollins Online UK catalogue

Prices below converted from Canadian dollars to UK pounds

The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition
Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal. To commemorate this anniversary, HarperCollins is proud to present a facsimile edition of the first historic printing of The Hobbit. A must-have for any collector or fan!
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £40 |
978-0-00-744083-2 | HB | 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 | 312 pp

The Pocket Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again. Perfect for gift giving, this is a beautiful hardcover pocket edition of The Hobbit, commemorating 75 years since the publication of this beloved book.
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £11 |
978-0-00-744084-9 | HB | 4 3/8 x 6 | 304 pp

The History of the Hobbit
One Volume Edition
J. R. R. Tolkien and John Rateliff
For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff ’s lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien’s ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.
August | LITERARY CRITICISM/Science Fiction & Fantasy |
LIT004260 | £35 | 978-0-00-744082-5 | HB | 5 5/8 x 8 3/4 | 960 pp ... obbit-second-edition.html

The Art of the Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, a sumptuous full colour art book containing the complete collection of more than one hundred Hobbit sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.
December | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £26 |
978-0-00-744081-8 | HB | 8 7/8 x 12 1/4 | 128 pp ... 10/the-art-of-the-hobbit/

A Tolkien Tapestry
Pictures to accompany The Lord of the Rings
Cor Blok, Illustrated by Cor Blok
This brand new full-colour art book reveals in sumptuous detail over 100 paintings based on The Lord of the Rings by acclaimed Dutch artist, Cor Blok, many of which appear here for the first time. Fifty years ago Cor Blok was captivated by the trilogy and this spark of enthusiasm led to the creation of over 100 paintings.
October | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £22 |
978-0-00-743798-6 | HB | 7 1/2 x 9 5/8 | 160 pp
Deluxe edition: £50 | 978-0-00-743799-3

Mr Bliss
J. R. R. Tolkien, Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien
A brand new edition of this long unavailable children’s story with newly scanned manuscript pages and redesigned text. Tolkien invented and illustrated the book of Mr Bliss’s adventures for his own children when they were very young. The story is reproduced here exactly as he created it – handwritten with lots of detailed and uproarious colour pictures.
November | FICTION/Fantasy/General | FIC009000 | £16 |
978-0-00-743619-4 | HB | 5 1/8 x 7 3/4 | 144 pp
Also available in unabridged audio: £21 | 978-0-00-744052-8

From correspondence with David Brawn at HarperCollins, I also have details of Tolkien eBooks for the next year.

I am pleased to say that the eBooks will be published this year, with the two volumes of The Book of Lost Tales published in the next couple of weeks, to be followed at two-monthly intervals by the three Early Silmarillion volumes, then the four Lord of the Rings volumes, and finally the two Later Silmarillion and the Peoples of Middle-earth volumes in September. The complementary work, The History of The Hobbit, will follow as an ebook in October. Carpenter’s A Biography, together with John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War, will be published as eBooks at the end of April, to coincide with new paperback editions of both works. We are planning to publish eBooks of Letters and the Hammond and Scull books early next year.
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Sep 25, 2016
Bookdepository says my copy is on the way!
It will be interesting to see what actually arrives.
Sep 25, 2016
If it looks more or less like this, I'll be happy. The green they were looking at is quite a bit brighter than this, though, and my gut feel is the true colour is probably somewhere in between their colour and my colour. Not sure if they changed it or not. #ColoursAreHard

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Sep 25, 2016
Interesting reference to Alice in Wonderland in the original DJ. Hard to imagine a time when Tolkien was unknown and his publisher used this sort of comparison.
Sep 25, 2016

Morinehtar wrote:
Interesting reference to Alice in Wonderland in the original DJ. Hard to imagine a time when Tolkien was unknown and his publisher used this sort of comparison.

79 Years is a long time! Note that "Dodgeson" has the "e" inked out with pen. There was a bit of discussion as to whether they would go without the pen correction, but (assuming nothing changed last minute, of course), the jacket will have the ink correction (it would have been very odd to have not had it, given all the 1937 copies were corrected in this way before leaving the printers).
Sep 25, 2016
Does that mean they will print the name with the correct spelling or reproduce the ink mark?
Sep 25, 2016

Morinehtar wrote:
Does that mean they will print the name with the correct spelling or reproduce the ink mark?

Will be as per the original jacket. The name will be misspelled and have the ink mark printed over the 'e'. Hand correcting after printing wasn't an economic option, for obvious reasons. They didn't ever intend to correct the spelling, the question was down to whether to print the ink mark or leave that to the customer to add themselves if they wanted to. Myself and Trotter's view was very much that the ink mark should be printed.

The question of what to correct is an interesting one. On the version I initially supplied to HC, I had left the right and left borders slightly off vertical (basically the whole thing should be slightly off square). It looks like they slightly corrected that misalignment on the left [albeit it is still off square], which is technically not correct, but probably does look better when printed). The number of people that know it should be slightly off square is quite small, but the number of people that would think it was printed wrongly (if done accurately) is quite high. I didn't feel strongly about it, and assuming that was the version they went with, I don't think it was a bad call.

At the end of the day, if you want something that is absolutely bibliographically correct, you need to buy an original (and spend an extra 20,000 pounds!).
Sep 26, 2016
DHL Parcel just arrived from HarperCollins - You saw it here first :)

The good news is that the facsimile first is good, and all my final jacket edits seem to have made it in. I didn't photo it, but the book does have the correct topstain.

It isn't printed by Clays, interestingly, but by Rotalito Lombarda, Italy. The pages are cream, and look good (the paper isn't anything special, but it isn't bright white or glossy or otherwise offensive).

[Edit: Oh, and the flaps are re-typeset by HC, rather than the cleaned up scanned ones.]

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Sep 26, 2016
Nice! Thanks for all the pics. Will have to wait a bit for mine to arrive, I think...
Sep 26, 2016

Urulöké wrote:
Nice! Thanks for all the pics. Will have to wait a bit for mine to arrive, I think...

Yeah, I got the luxury DHL treatment, rather than the usual snail mail :)
Sep 26, 2016
I ordered with my copy from SpeedyHen who say the book isn't officially published until the 5th Oct. And yet in NZ someone has their mucky paws on a copy...

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