1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Ed. Hobbit
By Elwë

1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Ed. Hobbit

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Hello, everyone. I have a question from a potential buyer of one of my ebay auctions and am unable to answer it with any degree of certainty. The person is wondering if the 1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Edition of The Hobbit (black quarterbound leather in cloth case) was printed on acid free paper. I cannot seem to find anywhere that states such a point, for this particular edition. I am fairly sure that HC would have printed this book on high quality paper (and I have never seen a copy of the book that exhibited any signs of yellowing or the likes), but I would like to confirm it. Also, I hate to plug my auctions here, but if anyone is interested in viewing it, you can find it here. Thanks for any help anyone can provide!

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Hobbit-&-Lord ... IMSfp=TL091116192005r4257


Re: 1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Ed. Hobbit

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The book was printed by MPG Books, in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK.

All their current paper is acid-free (http://www.mpg-booksgroup.com/paper.html) but you could email then on print@mpg-books.co.uk and ask what the situtaion was in 1995-1999.

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Looks like Trotter got some helpful information for you already. I have a query in to HC, I'll let you know if I hear anything back.

Also, you are more than welcome to post your Tolkien eBay auctions here! There is even a whole Forum category for that sort of thing so you don't feel like you have to ask a bibliographical question for each auction you post here.
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By Elwë

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Ok. I have a response from MPG Books regarding the paper issue. I am not sure how valuable this information is to the community, but hopefully it will add to the general collector knowledge base.

I emailed MPG books with the 'acid-free paper' question specifically as it pertained to the 1999 Harper Collins Limited Deluxe Hobbit. Here is the response I just got:

Dear Mr Shiner,

I can confirm that this title was printed on MPG Bookwove, which has been acid-free stock since approx 1990. We are still stocking the same grade of paper due to it’s excellent archival and environmental qualities, and it has subsequently also gained FSC accreditation.

I hope this answers your query, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information or clarification.

Regards,

Samantha McGinn
Customer Service Manager


So, as most of us probably expected, the book was printed on quality paper. Case closed. Thanks for the responses and the help provided by the forum members!



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