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.
Yesterday (edited)
2020/11/29 21:32:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Has anyone transcribed (or deciphered) fully the letter at the beginning of the deluxe and centenary editions (pp.6–7)? There are several words I can't figure out.
8 hours ago (edited)
2020/11/30 7:48:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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During the fateful days before stocking hanging (the badnesses of most of the past year being mercifully[?] forgotten). F.C. was a more easy-going English sort of bloke, who filled the stockings of good and not-so-good, and paid more attention to children’s letters, telling him of their hearts’ desire, than to grown-ups’ behaviour reports.
But of course, S.C. was actually more in the Nicholas tradition, who paid much attention to merits – though I suppose he was supposed to know about them without the help of 'informers'
Our F.C. was a very agreeable old fellow, who conducted a correspondence for almost 20 years with my children. Each year he sent in a quavery hand (due to the cold) an account illustrated by pictures of the (often calamitous) events at his

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house (near the N. Pole), especially during sorting and packing time sometimes with pictures. His troubles were largely due to the ineptitudes of his chief assistant the P(olar). B(ear). Also to the infamous proceedings of goblins who invaded his store-cellars, and so provided a good explanation of why things specified as desirable did not always turn up but were replaced by substitutes.
His North Polar Stamps were quite good, and were apparently accepted by the P. Office – though how this was arranged was not revealed.
I still keep most of this correspondence
1 hour ago
2020/11/30 14:33:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
"Each year he sent ^in a quavery hand (due to the cold) an account ^illustrated by pictures of the (often calamitous) events at his"
1 hour ago
2020/11/30 15:03:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Aelfwine wrote:

"Each year he sent ^in a quavery hand (due to the cold) an account ^illustrated by pictures of the (often calamitous) events at his"

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