18201Re: [mythsoc] Re: _Children of Hurin_ editions compared
- May 20, 2007--- hisilome <david.vdpeet@...> wrote:
>>I too expected much better!
> Well, it may not be _that_ important, but I haven't
> received my copy
> yet, and I can tell you that like you I'll certainly
> be disappointed
> if the pages are just glued together! This seems to
> happen a lot
> these days, though, take the Houghton Mifflin
> (hardcover) editions
> of "The History of Middle-earth" series, for
> example--but I'd have
> expected a bit more from HarperCollins.
Actually, I expected something like the edition of
"the Hobbit" illustrated by Alan Lee... It's very
similar as layout (both have pencil drawings at the
beginning of each chapter, and some full-page coloutr
But The Hobbit is printed on a beautiful glossy paper
(with sewn binding, even for the paperback!) that
makes every single pencil stroke stand out even if
the drawings have very delicate shades of grey... In
COH on the contrary, such detailed reproduction is not
possible because (it's only just a normal paper, not
especially bad quality but simply not suitable for
such illustration), and details disappear in a sort of
grey cloud that makes a very poor service to Alan
Lee's art :-(.
And if you try to look closer, you just see the dots
of the halftone screen :-(
I thought that with COH they would do the same as for
The Hobbit, but obviously the temptation to save a few
cents on each copy by making a cheap edition (cheap
for them, not for the readers!) was too strong.
> InOh, well, I think now it's too late...Now I have it
> particular, I don't see
> how they can sell both "sewn" and "glued" copies for
> the same price.
> (I've already written to both Amazon and
> HarperCollins to inquire
> about this, maybe you want to do that, too? Costs
and I'll keep it...And hope that by the time it start
losing pages, there will be another, better edition...
Also, I didn't buy it from Amazon but from Forbidden
Planet (London), because Alan Lee would be there to
sign copies on 19th April and it was possible to order
signed copies even from the internet... And my copy
was signed (I'm a fan of Alan Lee), so it's
necessarily one that was already in the library on
that date (which together with the 'I' printed near
the copyright, makes me think it's a first edition...I
really don't care about first editions, but I only
wonder whether the stitched/sewn may depend from the
>I haven't bought it yet, but I'm rather disappointed
> On that note, I just received my copy of the first
> volume of John D.
> Rateliff's "The History of the Hobbit", and guess
> what: also a "false
> paperback", as you call it.
to hear that :-(
(I meant a "false hardback", but probably the concept
is the same).
Another sad example of this is the extended edition of
Somith of Wootton Major edited by Verlyn Flieger...
The book is magnificent; there is the reproduction of
all the first edition (with illustrations by Pauline
Baynes), then notes and commentaries, then the
original draft by Tolkien (pictures of every single
page, with transcription on the opposite page)...All
this ruined by a binding where pages (made of rather
rigid paper) seem to fly away from the first time you
open the book.
> Now I'm not sure in thisWell, I've never heard that a book was issued in two
> case if all the
> hardcover copies have glued spines, or if there are
> properly sewn
> copies out there as well? Maybe others on this list
> who also ordered
> this book can satisfy my curiosity...
such different forms at the same time by the same
publisher, that's why I asked Carl if he was sure that
the COH he owns is really sewn (sometimes the
difference is obvious, but sometimes pages are packed
very strictly and it's not easy to see the
difference!); or maybe he has the Deluxe edition? (I
think the Deluxe edition is sewn, or what Deluxe
edition is it?)
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