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November 24th, 2004


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06:52 pm - I. Am. Such. A. Nerd.

I stopped off at Pandemonium on my way home, hoping to find a copy of the supposedly-shipping-to-stores GURPS Fantasy. No such luck, but they did have the new US trade-paperback Conan book, second in a three-part series bringing back into print Robert E. Howard's original versions of the Conan stories (as opposed to the adulterated-by-divers-hands versions that have so long been the standards). So I snatched that up. And they also had...

(*sigh*...)

...'cos, y'know, what I really needed was yet another edition of The Lord of the Rings. That makes eleven different editions on the downstairs bookshelves alone, plus three more in other rooms or in the boxes of still-not-unpacked books in the basement.*

That's not the truly nerdy bit, though. The truly nerdy bit is: not only does this new edition correct a particuarly egregious typographical error which has plagued most of the Houghton Mifflin editions for the past decade (and about which I've written to them five times), but it even mentions that error (as an egregious one) in the new edition of Douglas A. Anderson's "Note on the Text". I feel absurdly pleased and vindicated, as though they'd listened to me personally (which is to say, as if I were somehow the only reader who'd ever noticed that HM had been in the bizarre habit of leaving out a line from the bloody Ring-inscription in many of their printings).

Anyway, that's the truly nerdy bit. (As if you couldn't tell.)

In other book news, I seem – after having flagged on my first attempt – to have gotten well and solidly hooked on Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin books (the ones from which the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was adapted): I finished the first volume today and immediately set out to pick up the next two books. If I like these enough, perhaps I'll think about the hardcover omnibus edition or even the back-breaking twenty-volume hardcover set. Right now, though, paperback will do fine.

And: my used hardcover copy of Parke Godwin's Sherwood – for my money the best Robin Hood story ever committed to paper – showed up in the post today. So I have an embarrassment of books to see me through the weekend.


* = Edit: Yes, I went and checked. Here's the full sad listing:
  1. Three-volume hardcover, George Allen & Unwin (UK), second edition ("revised edition" on jackets): first printing (1966). Dull-green jackets with ring/eye motif on front (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King). No ISBNs.

  2. Three-volume paperback, Ballantine Books (US), second edition ("authorized edition" on covers, no edition information on copyright page): The Fellowship of the Ring thirty-fifth printing (1971), The Two Towers eleventh printing (1967), The Return of the King seventh printing (1966). "Fantastic", garishly-coloured cover paintings, with green boxed "authorized edition" text on back cover, all as spoofed by the original cover art for Bored of the Rings. No ISBNs.

  3. One-volume paperback, Unicorn/Unwin Paperbacks (UK), second edition ("third edition" on copyright page): eighth printing (1986). Black cover with Roger Garland painting of Barad-dûr. ISBN 0-04-823229-7.

  4. One-volume hardcover, Houghton Mifflin (US), second edition ("1965 edition" on copyright page): no printing data (1991). Illustrated Centenary edition with dust jacket painting of the Black Gates and fifty interior plates by Alan Lee. ISBN 0-395-59511-8.

  5. One-volume hardcover, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1987 updated second edition ("1965/1966 edition" on copyright page): 27th printing (1994). Collector's Edition bound in red leatherette with matching slipcase. ISBN 0-395-19395-8.

  6. Three-volume paperback, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: The Fellowship of the Ring eighth printing, The Two Towers and The Return of the King third printing (1999). Alan Lee covers (Rivendell and blue spine on The Fellowship of the Ring, Orthanc and orange spine on The Two Towers, Minas Tirith and green spine on The Return of the King). Missing first line of Gandalf's two-line quotation from the Ring-inscription in "The Shadow of the Past". ISBNs The Fellowship of the Ring 0-618-00222-7, The Two Towers 0-618-00223-5, The Return of the King 0-618-00224-3.

  7. One-volume paperback, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: fourth printing (1999). Alan Lee painting of Minas Tirith on cover, maroon spine. Missing line as above. ISBN 0-395-97468-2.

  8. Seven-volume hardcover set, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: no printing information (1999). "Millennium Edition" with one volume per book (titled per Tolkien's original suggestions), plus one for the appendices: black covers with gold ring/eye motif and matching slipcase. Spines spell out T-O-L-K-I-E-N. Missing line as above. ISBN 0-618-03766-7.

  9. One-volume hardcover, HarperCollins (UK), 1994 updated second edition: no printing information (2001). Deluxe cloth/leather-bound edition (printed on India paper) with matching slipcase: black cover with JRRT logo. Limited edition (1,000 copies). Missing line as above (arrrgh!). ISBN 0-261-10368-7.

  10. Three-volume hardcover set, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1987 second edition: second printing (2001). Movie tie-in edition with photos on dust jackets (exterior of Bag End on The Fellowship of the Ring, interior of Orthanc on The Two Towers, Riders of Rohan on The Return of the King) and matching slipcase (with photo of Riders of Rohan). Spines have triptych of Rohirric banner. ISBN 0-618-15397-7.

  11. Three-volume paperback set, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: first printing (2001). Movie tie-in edition with photos on dust jackets (Frodo on The Fellowship of the Ring, Saruman on The Two Towers, Aragorn on The Return of the King) and matching slipcase (Black Riders crossing Bruinen). Spines have triptych of Black Riders crossing Bruinen. Missing line as above. ISBN 0-618-15396-9.

  12. One-volume paperback, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: first printing (2002). Movie tie-in edition with photo on cover of Gandalf standing inside Bag End. ISBN 0-618-26025-0.

  13. One-volume paperback, Houghton Mifflin (US), 1994 updated second edition: first printing (2002). Movie tie-in edition with photo on cover of The One Ring on Sauron's finger. ISBN 0-618-34399-7.

  14. One-volume hardcover, Houghton Mifflin (US), 2004 updated second edition: first printing (2004). Fiftieth-anniversary edition bound in dark grey-brown leather with gold-and-copper eye/rings motif on front cover, copper JRRT signature on back cover. ISBN 0-618-51765-0.
...and I've almost certainly got at least another two editions on my shelves in the UK: my sister's 1973 Ballantine US three-volume paperback edition and my own mid-'80s UK Unicorn/Unwin three-volume paperback edition.

I think I may need help.
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From:sauergeek
Date:November 27th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
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As I recall, the covers to the 1973 Ballantine edition are Tolkien's own art.

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