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Old Jul 17 2006, 10:38 PM   #1
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I bought, and just recieved a couple of days ago my 1st, hardcover edition, of Year of the Lucy. When I got is I naturally opened up the book to see what kind of condition it was really in as opposed to what the book sellers will oft times tell you, well it was in very fine condition. But it has an oddity in it, at least I think it is an oddity.

When you first open my book you will find the first page is blank(naturally), and the next on has "The Year of the Lucy" blazened across it ( Not sure why it seems out of place), when you turn the third page there is, Anne McCaffrey's name printed across the top of the page and under her name another The Year of the Lucy is printed( nothing new, this is the title page right??). So far nothing special here you are saying, but on page four there is one more page just like the very first one with printing on it, again The Year of the Lucy is blazened accross the page, just like the first one is.

Does anyone else have a copy like this, or is my copy straight out of the Twilght Zone ??? Really is this a miss print, or were all of these done like this???




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This second picture is one of the doubled pages!!!
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Old Jul 17 2006, 10:40 PM   #2
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OH my goodness!!! Cheryl, can you make this somewhat smaller PLEASE !! I don't know how this happened, it's sooooo big....Sorry !!
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Old Jul 18 2006, 10:09 AM   #3
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Ok, I'm really confused here. I have two copies of this book in hardcover, one as reading copy and other is collectible. No big surprise there, BUT!, they are different!
One has the three pages as Maelin described, two pages with just The Year of The Lucy on it and the one with Anne's name and The Year of The Lucy with the copyright info on the back of it. My other copy is missing the title page, but AHA! I now see why. Someone CUT the title page out of the second book. I never noticed that before! Tho I bought these early on in my collecting and didn't know much about the copyright page at that point.
Thanks Maelin for bringing this up, I may never have know that the copy I was using as my reading copy was the complete copy and the one I used for the collection was missing that page. Whew! Switching them now!
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OH my goodness!!! Cheryl, can you make this somewhat smaller PLEASE !! I don't know how this happened, it's sooooo big....Sorry !!
I can't alter it at present, but perhaps Hans can oblige.

My Year of the Lucy is the same, with the half-title page, title page, copyright page, then repeated half-title page. I'll agree it's odd, but would seem to have been on purpose rather than a slip-up at the printers. And I bet if we go looking through other books, we'll find that it's done in some of them too.
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OK, I changed the size and orientation of the pic. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Maelin. I don't own a hardcover of this, so I can't join the discussion.
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Old Jul 18 2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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Thank you Hans, for fixing this for me........I am sorry that you don't have this book in hard copy. But perhaps this oddity is in other copies that you also have. I am going to go and check some more of my copies when I have the time.
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Becky, I am glad that this has gotten you to find something out something about your book. I wish it would have been that there was something really great in it instead of something missing from it.

This did get us to all wonder about the books we have, and to go and check them out once more, for good or bad. Lets hope it finds more good than bad in them.
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It's a sad thing when people cut out the title page. They mostly do so because they either do not want their name in the book when they sell it, or - even worse - think the book will have more value when their name/the writing isn't in it, obviously not thinking that the worth of the book really lowered substantially when they cut out the page, despite the fact they do it so neatly and with sharp knife close to the spine you don't even easily notice it...
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I was thinking it might have been signed and they kept that page with her signature on it and possibly name too. But it's now my reading copy and I'll be checking thru all my other books too! Heavens, the things people think of doing!
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Yeah, that might be a possibility, too. There's a LOT of autograph collectors!
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A possible explanation for the extra title page may be that it's a hardback.

They're bound in sections if sixteen pages. Needless to say this doesn't always work out tidily; so they may well have been using up a "spare" page as padding to avoid having too many blanks.

Ladt M: a lovely edition: complete with Austin Healey (bath tub) Sprite. Meus gives this cover as the 1986 USA one. I've got the USA 1987 one (girl with staue)
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Thank you P'ter, I think so too....
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