January 16, 2015

Ideas For Future Deluxe Editions



This is what I would love to see from future deluxe editions, published by Harper Collins.


*updated Jan 21, 2015*

Harper Collins produces such great deluxe editions of Tolkien's work, I can't really ask for more.

Except, I have a few ideas which I do hope will see the light of day, and that they won't ignore because I brought them up.

*ahem* here we go.

Of course, all are printed on high-quality acid neutral paper.





The Hobbit 





- all of Tolkien's (completed) artwork (in full color, if available. Otherwise, black and white) as facsimiles on glossy paper. 

- Thror's Map as a fold out sheet
- Map of Wilderland as back endpaper / boards [Mirkwood as the front endpaper / board]
- silk ribbon-marker (emerald)

- book and matching slip-case foil-stamped embossed with Tolkien's design of Smaug, and 'JRRT' on the back

- updated, reset and definitive text [if needed since previous deluxe]
- full-colour facsimile frontispiece of The Hill: Hobbiton by J.R.R. Tolkien on glossy paper






The Lord of the Rings 


- 3 volumes (rather than a single volume) (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) housed in a single slipcase which is foil-stamped embossed with Tolkien's Ring-and-Eye motif.
The Fellowship of the Ring: foil-stamped embossed with Tolkien's 'Ring-and-Eye' motif (matches the slipcase) and 'JRRT' on the back 

-The Two Towers: foil-stamped embossed with the Nazgul Fell Beast, and the words which translate into “In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie” [as seen on the spine of the The Two Towers 50th anniversary hardback edition], with 'JRRT' on the back
-The Return of the King: foil-stamped embossed with the Throne of Gondor, Crown of Elessar, and tree motif [as seen on the spine of the dustjacket for The Return of the King 50th anniversary hardback edition] with 'JRRT' on the back. Essentially take the images from the spines of 50th anniversary hardback dustjackets, and foil-stamp them on the respective books.
- updated, reset and definitive text, appendices and indexes [if needed since 50th anniversary deluxe] 
- included for the first time within the text: Bilbo's Last Song poem (in The Return of the King)
- red-and-black fold-out maps: A Part of the Shire, The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age, & Gondor, Rohan and Mordor
- silk ribbon-marker in each volume (gold, scarlet, emerald respectively) 
- leaves from the Book of Mazarbul from the 50th
- Doors of Durin by J.R.R. Tolkien as a facsimile on glassy paper 


The Silmarillion
- updated, reset and definitive text, appendices and indexes [if needed since current deluxe edition]

- book and slip-case foil-stamped embossed with Tolkien's device of Luthien with 'JRRT' on the back.

Halls of Manwe illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien facsimile frontispiece included on glossy paper. The reverse side could feature Fingolfin's device. 

- red-and-black fold-out maps of Beleriand (and the Lands to the North), and Noldor and Sindar
- silk ribbon-marker (sapphire)


Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth


book and slip-case foil stamped embossed with Tolkien's Numenorean helmet design

- updated, reset and definitive text, appendices and indexes [if needed since current deluxe edition] with 'JRRT' on the back
- Glorund Sets Forth to Seek Turin illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien facsimile frontispiece included on glossy paper. The same sheet but reverse could feature Gil-galad's device. 
- red-and-black fold-out maps of The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age, and Numenor
- silk ribbon-marker (brown) 




The Children of Hurin 


*content-wise, essentially the current deluxe edition.


- book and slip-case foil-stamped embossed with Alan Lee's Helm of Hador motif
- updated, reset and definitive text, appendices and indexes [if needed since current deluxe edition] with 'JRRT' on the back
- includes a red-and-black fold-out map of Beleriand (and the Lands to the North)
- sapphire silk ribbon-marker 
- facsimile frontispiece illustration by Alan Lee


Non-Middle-earth Deluxe Editions:


(Tales From the Perlious Realm, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Fall of Arthur, and Beowulf)

I cannot think of anything I would wish to see that Harper Collins has not done already with these titles.  

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