23260Re: The Father Christmas Letters Conundrum
- Sep 6, 2012Many thanks -- any guesses as to when we can expect to have all of this material available rather than a George Lucas-ish let's add a few "never before seen" things to this edition once every decade or so?
--- In email@example.com, "Wayne G. Hammond" <Wayne.G.Hammond@...> wrote:
> >Amazon UK is showing a new edition of Letters from Father Christmas
> >later this month, this one clocking in at 192 pages and claiming
> >"This revised edition of Tolkien's famous illustrated letters from
> >Father Christmas to his children includes a number of pictures and
> >letters that have not been seen in print before." Does anyone
> >(Christina? Wayne?) know if this edition is truly going to include
> >things that have not already been available since the 1990s revised
> >editions, or is this just a slick marketing job? If I'm not
> >mistaken, this title was reissued just several years ago and
> >marketed as containing "new" material ...
> Letters from Father Christmas was last published, as a trade
> paperback only, by HarperCollins in 2009. That edition restored most
> of the images present in the 1999 edition but removed in 2004,
> omitted a few images even so, and included four images not previously
> published; but many of the pictures were reduced in size, to fit a
> smaller book format, and some of its colour reproduction left
> something to be desired. Christina compared all of the editions of
> the "Father Christmas" letters, and described how the individual
> letters were (or were not) reproduced, differences in transcription,
> and the relative quality of the reproductions, in Tolkien Collector
> 31 (Dec. 2010).
> From public sources, it certainly looks as if the new hardback
> edition will have additional material. The 2009 edition has 160
> pages; the new one is said to have 192, a substantial increase which
> (if that page count is correct) we assume is due to more material
> rather than to, say, a larger typesetting. Also, Amazon UK mentions
> that the book is to contain "brand new high-quality digital
> reproductions". We'll be interested to see it.
> Wayne & Christina
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