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    Wanting to buy a nice edition of the books to read and keep for a long time

    I'm looking to purchase the Lord of the Rings books, and maybe even the History of Middle Earth books along with any others some of you may recommend. I'm thinking about spending a little bit of extra money to purchase some special editions of these books so I can cherish and enjoy them for years to come, also to keep as a bright spot of my small but growing book collection.

    If anyone has some recommendations, I'd be really excited to hear about them. I had purchased a hardcover of the Lord of the Rings (the whole story in one big hardcover) but gave it to a friend for a christmas gift one year. Not sure if those big editions are what I'm looking for though, I'd actually like to open and read them every now and then, not just have them for show.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
    Last edited by -Adi; Dec 21 2013 at 05:07 PM. Reason: I'm a speeling noob.
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    Just browse Barnes & Noble site. Practice shows they have all the latest editions including the anniversary ones.

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    Give Amazon a shot too, sometimes they have some good stuff for less then B&N. You could also try http://www.tolkien.co.uk/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meluihel View Post
    Give Amazon a shot too, sometimes they have some good stuff for less then B&N. You could also try http://www.tolkien.co.uk/index.html

    Wow, I'm loving how these look!

    http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/978...59/The+Hobbit+
    http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/978...+of+the+Rings+
    http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/978...+Silmarillion+

    Then there's this

    http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/978...+of+the+Rings+

    Probably more I haven't see yet, will check amazon. I'm hoping I won't have to get the books shipped from the UK though.
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    Folio society can often show a very nice edition of many old classics, possibly LOTR too? They're very well made and lasts years and years. For the Tolkien books I have one old early edition (to keep and...fondle carefully) and one paperback edition I can have around to read. Occasionally someone will borrow the paperbacks and...sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't - and when it disappears, I can easily get a new. No loss.

    Paradise Lost I have in one edition from 1796 (Cooke's, cheap but very nice and portable and therefore to me also collectible) and always one or two I got cleaply and can throw about without too much worry. Same for Lyrical Ballads etc., Lewis Carroll - but also fairly recent novels like anything Iain Banks, all of Gaiman, Jeff Noon, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo.

    Books can have utility or they can be collectable but they can't really be both unless you're extremely careful with them as physical objects.

    ...which is why I suggest getting one set of very nice LOTR and one for reading =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macroscian View Post
    Folio society can often show a very nice edition of many old classics, possibly LOTR too? They're very well made and lasts years and years. For the Tolkien books I have one old early edition (to keep and...fondle carefully) and one paperback edition I can have around to read. Occasionally someone will borrow the paperbacks and...sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't - and when it disappears, I can easily get a new. No loss.

    Paradise Lost I have in one edition from 1796 (Cooke's, cheap but very nice and portable and therefore to me also collectible) and always one or two I got cleaply and can throw about without too much worry. Same for Lyrical Ballads etc., Lewis Carroll - but also fairly recent novels like anything Iain Banks, all of Gaiman, Jeff Noon, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo.

    Books can have utility or they can be collectable but they can't really be both unless you're extremely careful with them as physical objects.

    ...which is why I suggest getting one set of very nice LOTR and one for reading =)
    Makes a lot of sense, I think I will do just that. I see a lot of cheap copies locally here, will pick one up. I hope to find that perfect set for me to keep though, so many to choose from.
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