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Re: The Wonders of eBay

Subject: Re: The Wonders of eBay
by garm on 2012/10/26 14:26:56

Here's a Hobbit -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-R-R-TOLKIEN ... ks_UK&hash=item337d1e2560

Thing is, the vendor seems to assume that it's a 5th impression because it has the revised text. But as all subsequent printings have the same text, this seems like something of a leap to me.

Given that the book has some pages missing, and the fact that the cloth binding looks to me more like 1960s than 1950s, I'm surprised to see the way the bidding is going.

Finally, here's the answer to a question from an enquirer -

'Hi, Thanks for the email. I have just counted the pages & there is only 2 pages that are missing, the right hand side of the map & the page with printing details dates etc (please see photos already attached) although these pages are missing it does not effect the reading of the book as it has the complete content. The house we were contracted to clear out belonged to a book collector & this book was kept in the section labeled ''rare''! this a great chance to own a piece of history, happy bidding!'