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Post by malickfan on Mon May 30, 2016 3:37 pm

I'm currently re-reading LOTR for the first time in several years, although I don't plan on throwing away my current copy of the book (I'll probably keep it as a reference/quick read copy) :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-Based-Anniversary-Single/dp/0261103253/

The paper is beginning to fade, the spine is broken/bent in a couple of places and some of the pages are a little stained, in short it's beginning to look rather worn and torn, it gives me an excuse to upgrade to a hardback edition (something I've been planning on doing for a long time), soI was wandering if anyone had any recommendations?

I'm currently torn between these two:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-50th-Anniversary/dp/0618517650

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0007525540/


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Re: Thinking about buying a (recent) Hardback edition...any recommendations?

Post by Radaghast on Mon May 30, 2016 5:50 pm

I have the 50th anniversary edition myself. Pretty fetching volume, if you ask me. That didn't prevent me from spilling something on it, though... Mad

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Post by Eldorion on Mon May 30, 2016 6:05 pm

The 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition is/was the best version of LOTR ever printed ... but the Alan Lee illustrations from the Tolkien centenary edition are also phenomenal. Fortunately they combined the best parts of both for the 60th anniversary edition (the last link you posted) so I would recommend going with that one.

EDIT: actually I'm unsure if the 60th ann. ed. includes the Book of Mazarbul facsimile pages from the 50th, but I'd honestly probably choose the Lee illustrations over those.
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Re: Thinking about buying a (recent) Hardback edition...any recommendations?

Post by malickfan on Mon May 30, 2016 6:24 pm

Eldorion wrote:The 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition is/was the best version of LOTR ever printed ... but the Alan Lee illustrations from the Tolkien centenary edition are also phenomenal. Fortunately they combined the best parts of both for the 60th anniversary edition (the last link you posted) so I would recommend going with that one.

EDIT: actually I'm unsure if the 60th ann. ed. includes the Book of Mazarbul facsimile pages from the 50th, but I'd honestly probably choose the Lee illustrations over those.

Yeah, I can't tell if it included the facsimile pages or not.

The Alan Lee paintings are very tempting, but the 60th edition Spine looks really thin in photos (and the plastic slipcase kinda tacky...), it's not going to be a main reading copy but even so I don't want to fork out 30-40 quid for a book and have it fall apart...

If I'm totally honest I haven't been too impressed with the quality of most of the recent British (Harper Collins) editions...

Hmm...I'll have to think about this scratch Shrugging

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Post by Eldorion on Mon May 30, 2016 6:47 pm

If you want a book that looks and feels really classy then I'd go with the 50th ann. ed. It's great -- leather, gold leaf, non-translucent slipcase (I agree that the 60th's is pretty tacky) -- though mine isn't my main reading copy either so it hasn't been subjeted to much wear.
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Post by malickfan on Mon May 30, 2016 6:56 pm

Eldorion wrote:If you want a book that looks and feels really classy then I'd go with the 50th ann. ed. It's great -- leather, gold leaf, non-translucent slipcase (I agree that the 60th's is pretty tacky) -- though mine isn't my main reading copy either so it hasn't been subjeted to much wear.

Yeah I think I'll go with the 50th Anniversary edition. Smile


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Post by bungobaggins Today at 10:46 pm

I'd like to get a newer edition of LOTR. Preferably in one book, and bigger print. Not "I'm old and need huge letters" print, but "I don't want to squint and feel uncomfortable" print.

The paperbacks (Del Rey) I have are all yellowed and not very comfortable to hold.

Looking online the 50th anniversary hardcover edition with the gold leaf must be out of print? Can't seem to find the 60th anywhere.
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Post by halfwise Today at 10:49 pm

I think the combination of one book and bigger print are somewhat mutually exclusive. Though I suppose larger pages would accommodate that.

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Post by bungobaggins Today at 10:51 pm

Maybe I could live with three separate books if it spares my eyes.
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Post by bungobaggins Today at 10:56 pm

I hate Amazon, they've got reviews for completely different editions all lumped together. So every copy of Lord of the Rings that you look at all have the same reviews. What a joke.
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Post by halfwise Today at 11:02 pm

That's odd. I suggest using the "look inside" feature to see how it feels on your eyes, and see what extras come along with it. What else do you need, really? It's not like you need a review of the text.

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