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Re: The Silmarillion Clowes 1st edition variant 1

Subject: Re: The Silmarillion Clowes 1st edition variant 1
by Elwë on 2008/9/22 10:55:45

This one gets even more confusing, even for the experienced collector. Here is a link to a thread started back in February regarding first edition variants of the Silmarillion:

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... ost_id=3290#forumpost3290

As you can see, there are actually two variants of the true first printing (Clowes and Sons, export edition). The main features of these two variants are (taken from the aforementioned thread):

Variant 1) Dark blue cloth binding, with blue and white striped headband and dyed blue top edge. Also, on Page 352, 6th line from the bottom reads, "Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea."

Variant 2) Dark blue textured paper binding, no headband and no dye to top edge. Page 352, 6th line from the bottom reads, "Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea. (Because the 'and' should not be in Italics and was corrected, the second variant must have been printed after the first.)

All this said, even if you had the first variant of the first printing, the true value is difficult to determine. There may be certain pricelists that show high values for this book, however, the book is really not that rare from what I have seen. Many copies were printed during the first run making it fairly easy to obtain. I purchased a copy within the last year on ebay for less than $50.00USD. I am really no expert, but I would tend to think that $200.00USD might be a decent price. If you had the means to properly advertise your book (through various collectible book venues) and don't mind waiting a while, you might eventually get more out of it, but it could take a while. The value of anything is exactly the price that someone else is willing to pay at a given time. With the current state of the economy, and the fact that the Silmarillion is not collected quite like the 'Hobbit' or 'Lord of the Rings,' $200 seems quite reasonable and maybe even very good.

Again, I am certainly not an expert in collectible book pricing. This is just my gut feeling about this book. Take a look on ebay and other sites like abebooks.com to get a feel for the market. Also, I would love to hear other's opinions on this matter, as I know a lot of you are much more knowledgeable than I on this subject.