Today Harper Collins has revealed The Children of Hurin Exclusive Signed Limited Edition. The publisher has opened up a page at tolkien.co.uk where you can register to receive information on when the book is available. This page shows how the book will look like and also gives us some extra information, that was not known before.
This edition is strictly limited to 500 copies and will be hand-numbered and signed by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee on the page (not on a bookplate). Fully bound in leather and hand-sewn, custom leather clamshell case to store the book in, and including a number of features unique to this printing, like unique illustrations and two-colour fold-out map.
Register your interest today! It is the only opportunity to own this exclusive limited edition!
[UPDATE 15-07-07] New information always leads to more questions and so I contacted Harper Collins and received some extra information from David Brawn, the publishing director:
There are no new pictures in this edition. The interior of the book is identical to the previous deluxe edition. In fact, they are first edition bookblocks printed last March with the Deluxe Edition - genuine first edition pages, which were reserved specially for this edition.
They have though the additional signature leaf and a different copyright page, plus marbled endpapers and all the other features as mentioned above. The map is Christopher tolkien's, and no new version.
Harper Collins thought it would disappoint the thousands of people who have bought The Children of Hurin to provide new pictures only in the 500 signed copies. This edition was made especially for the Tolkien fans and collectors and can only be obtained by registrating at the site mentioned above. This was done so that the books go to people who will genuinely appreciate it. So no massive campaign this time! More info (and probably larger photo's) coming soon. [/UPDATE]
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