For the upcoming Silmarillion project, I’m going to need a bit of your help. I plan on taking the book page-by-page, and need to know if the pagination matches up from edition to edition.
The only copy I have is the 1st printing of the first US edition. In this, the Ainulindalë starts on page 15. I know this is the case for a few other editions, but I’m not sure if it strays from this as the book goes on.
To check, I took four page samples from middle and end to see if they match up. If you could help me out by telling me which edition you have (ISBN or link to Amazon would work) and if it’s a match. In each, I used the first line of the text.
p108 – Now in Mithrim there dwelt Grey-elves, folk of Beleriand that had
p174 – Orcs did at time upon great wolves. Thus they made great speed,
p233 – about his neck; but the Dwarves in that moment withheld it from
p303 – to the land of the Periannath, the Little People, the Halflings, who
* = identical type.
(Update: I’m now almost 100% sure that the two trade paperbacks above are the same as the first edition hardcover above. Not really sure how that’s possible, but it seems to be true. Also, I’m not a bibliographer, so please excuse my obviously imprecise descriptions of the editions.)
According to Amazon, the most popular version is the mass market paperback, but I really don’t want to use that one. Ideally, I’d like to keep my 1st edition hardcover, but if I have to pick up the quality paperback, that’s fine too.
Anyway, if you could help me out by commenting on which version of the Silmarillion you have, and whether or not the pages match up, that would be a super huge help.