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Art of The Lord of the Rings Pre-Order

March 1, 2015

Art of Lord of the Rings trial bindingOur forthcoming book, The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, is now available for pre-order on (at least),,, and Book Depository. The publication date is given as 13 October 2015, and the number of pages (240) matches our design. The listings, however, are still only for the American edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, not yet for the HarperCollins U.K. edition. (We had not previously had confirmation that there would be an American edition, though it seemed likely.)

The Amazon U.S. and Book Depository listings include our blurb for the book; this is omitted by Amazon U.K. and Amazon Canada. None of the listings includes an image, and we have not yet heard if the design of the early mockup (seen above) has been retained or changed. Nor do we know if Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will have the same binding, or, as they did for The Art of The Hobbit, choose to have a dust-jacket rather than a slipcase. On our part, we have submitted the book to the editors and production staff at HarperCollins and are awaiting comments or proofs.

  1. linalaukar permalink
    March 1, 2015 9:58 am

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to this a lot and I’m sure it’ll make a nice Christmas present.

  2. Alan permalink
    March 1, 2015 11:35 am

    Marvellous! I’ve pre-ordered mine.

  3. Colin Harper permalink
    March 5, 2015 11:54 am

    Your diplomacy is admirable. It sounds like you’ve had pretty shoddy treatment from your publisher(s). I look forward to the book.

    • March 7, 2015 1:35 pm

      Colin, we didn’t mean to suggest that HarperCollins have treated us badly; not at all. Some decisions take time, and ours is certainly not the only book in the queue.

  4. stephen cooper permalink
    March 6, 2015 10:48 am

    Could you not include one gatefold of the first middle earth map rather than reduce it down as we will probably need a magnifying glass to lok at it properly.

    • March 7, 2015 1:36 pm

      Stephen, gatefolds were ruled out for our new book, and anyway, to make a reproduction larger we would need to increase the height of the page as well as its width. But we’re using high resolution images, and these should be very clear.

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