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Unfinished Tales illustrated edition

Feb 29 (edited)
2020/2/29 15:34:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Came across two editions of Unfinished Tales, "ordinary" hardback and deluxe, both illustrated by Alan Lee, John Howe, and Ted Nasmith on UK Amazon. Perhaps to be issued in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Unfinished Tales?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Tales-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0008387966/ref=sr_1_15?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Tales-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0008387958/ref=sr_1_16?
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Mar 5
2020/3/5 1:56:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Now I'm curious what the slipcase will look like. My guess is the same style, but slightly 'jazzed up', like how Letters From Father Christmas and the upcoming Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are more 'decorated.'
Mar 5
2020/3/5 2:18:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
From HarperCollins:


It was 40 years ago that Unfinished Tales was first published, taking readers on an enchanted journey deeper into Middle-earth, from the First Age of The Silmarillion, the Second Age of Númenor and the rise of Sauron, to the Third Age of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. Contained within are magical tales by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by his son, Christopher, that expand the world of these beloved books.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, we are hugely excited to announce that Unfinished Tales is for the very first time going to be illustrated, by not one but three of the finest Tolkien artists in the world. John Howe, Alan Lee & Ted Nasmith will each be contributing brand new paintings that depict the Three Ages of Middle-earth in glorious colour. This new edition will be published in October 2020 and will feature 18 full-colour paintings together with a stunning brand-new dustjacket. There will also be a special collector’s edition housed in a fully illustrated slipcase.

This sounds like it will be similar to the Alan Lee slipcase sketchbooks.
Mar 5
2020/3/5 2:40:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
This sounds like it will be similar to the Alan Lee slipcase sketchbooks.

That was my guess, too. Hopefully the implementation is a bit better than for those, which had problems with tearing along the edges (and maybe they could put the barcode and guff on the bottom if they really can't just use a slip of paper).
Mar 7
2020/3/7 1:23:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It also appears - as of now - that in terms of size dimensions, the standard edition will match the usual Tolkien standard edition, and likewise with the deluxe.

This pulled off BookDepository, but could also be a placeholder:

Standard:
Format Hardback | 496 pages
Dimensions 149 x 228mm | 270g
Publication date 01 Oct 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom

Deluxe:
Format Hardback | 496 pages
Dimensions 149 x 228mm | 270g
Publication date 01 Oct 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom

Looks like it won't be a "black sheep" (examples of which I gave earlier), but we'll see once the finalized version (and all the small details) is unveiled...
May 15
2020/5/15 15:04:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Just curious, are you (various members who read this and wish to comment) will you be getting the standard hardback, or the slipcased edition??

Of those two, I MAY lean towards the standard hardback.
May 15
2020/5/15 16:32:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I've got the slipcased edition on pre-order (that same Amazon gift card as SGGK).

I am really looking forward to this edition, for the artwork. I am very happy that the new 40th anniversary edition was greenlit (it wasn't a given by any stretch) and that they are not just using Alan Lee again - the mix of three artists is a good idea, and I hope it shows a tendency to a wider use of artistic talent. I loved Jemima Catlin's Hobbit, for similar reasons.
May 15
2020/5/15 17:41:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I am curious of a few things, mostly about the standard:

- will the cover art be "The Blue Wizards Journeying East?" Only reason why I suggest of why it could be, is that next year's calendar uses that as it's cover. For 95% of the time, whenever a calendar is 'themed' after a release, the cover images between calendar and book are the same. If yes, than I also suspect it'll be a frontispiece for the slipcased edition.
- will it have a fold-out map at the back, like The Great Tales?
- Will it printed on a mix of paper: standard for text and any pencil sketches, and photo style for the colour illustrations (again, as was the case with the Great Tales)

Looking forward to seeing it when it comes out.
May 15
2020/5/15 17:51:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
A lot cheaper on "A Great Read" though not sure if they ship outside UK

Deluxe £50.66

https://agreatread.co.uk/unfinished-tales-9780008387969/

Standard £17.69

https://agreatread.co.uk/unfinished-tales-9780008387952/
May 15
2020/5/15 18:00:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Glad to hear people are getting good service so far from A Great Read.

A few days ago, their welcome message said they were delivering to the UK only. I checked again today, and it says "UK and EU". So there is hope they are expanding their delivery options...

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May 15
2020/5/15 18:25:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Indeed. And the fact that they have USD as an optional currency bodes well for the future.
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