|Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivaled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors’ editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.
This year of course, and 2015, mark the 60th anniversary of the first publication of The Lord of the Rings, it can not be a surprise that we will see the release of a 60th anniversary edition on the 19th of June.
A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien’s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.
This new edition is housed in a special transparent slipcase and includes a brand new setting that features the definitive 50th anniversary text, which together with Alan’s beautiful paintings provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the work’s first publication.
With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee’s paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien’s great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.
|David Brawn, the publishing director of Harper Collins, says "Alan has scanned all the original paintings. The reproductions in all earlier editions have been sourced from transparencies of the paintings, but now Alan has scanned them all, we have been able to reproduce the original colours and wring every last detail out of the pictures. I think some people will be surprised at how much extra detail can now be seen."
He further adds "In addition, the text has been updated to include all the corrections from the 50th Anniversary edition, so it’s the first time the final text and final pictures will have appeared in the same volume."
And to bring even more excellent and exciting news he David Brawn added "At the same time, we are also reissuing Hammond & Scull’s Lord of the Rings Reader’s Companion in hardback. It has been fully corrected and updates, with more than 100 pages of changes. Collectors will be pleased to know that we are re-releasing the four-volume Lord of the Rings/Lord of the Rings Reader’s Companion boxed set to tie in with the re-publication." And so we are, excited! What a year this will be.
|Title: The Lord of the Rings 60th Anniversary Edition
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Artist: Alan Lee
Publication Date: 19 Jun 2014
Type: Illustrated Slipcased edition, 60th Anniversary edition, 1344 pages
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