So, today is the release day for the American hardcover edition of THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT (replacing the original two-volume set). Unlike the original American edition, this is a one-volume book, like the recently re-released British edition. It's been available in the UK as an e-book all along; now it's available over here as well.
--John R., v. pleased to have my book reprinted. I put a lot of work into it and I'd like people like me who are interested in such things to have it readily available.
--'He who dies with the most copies of THE HOBBIT wins'
Is it like the White Album, and I have to buy it again now? :-D
Congratulations on the reprint; it's a cornerstone of my Tolkien library.
Always good to see more Tolkien content available. To recap the various editions over the years:
- HarperCollins 2-book hardbacks (there was also a boxed set where they were included with The Hobbit
- Houghton Mifflin (same as above)
- HarperCollins 2-book paperbacks (I'm 90% certain there wasn't a HMH paperback...)
- HarperCollins 2011 definitieve version: 1 book edition, revised and expanded. Matches the 3-book History of Middle-earth omnibus editions
- 2015 'A Brief History of The Hobbit' (I recall it being described as 'all Tolkien, less Rateliff')
- 2023 HarperCollins slipcased edition (higher-tiered version of the 2011 edition)
- new-but-not-really: new printings of the 2011 edition feature a new dustjacket by Ted Nasmith (this image: https://www.tednasmith.com/tolkien/the-shire-a-view-of-hobbiton-from-the-hill/ ). Content-wise, it's the exact same as the 2011 edition. William Morrow has also published their own version.
All that said, I kind of wish that the revised and expanded text setting from 2011 onwards was still presented as two books....easier to handle, haha.
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