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Beautifully presented edition, but not practical,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings - illustrated hardback (Hardcover)
Other reviewers have said plenty about the contents. I want to talk specifically about this illustrated hardback edition.
Lee's paintings make a beautiful accompaniment to the celebrated story, though some are a little 'washed out' for my own taste. But this is *not* the edition to buy if you are buying the book to read for the first time, or particularly if you are buying it for a child.
The Lord of the Rings was originally envisaged as a single book, but was issued as three, and now I own this edition I can see why. It's enormous: heavy, clumsy, and difficult to read anywhere but sitting up at a desk.
I was also a little disappointed that this 'de luxe' edition, despite its size, skimps on the maps, reproducing them in miniature form rather than the full-size foldout versions Tolkien envisaged.
This is a nice edition for a fan (I am one), but I'm going to have to buy the paperback multivolume set so I can actually read it again (my original copy has finally dropped to pieces).