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Re: The Silmarillion

Subject: Re: The Silmarillion
by Khamûl on 2009/9/7 3:18:26

It's sounds as if you have indeed purchased the Clowes 'export' edition. Issue points are: published by GA&U; printed by Clowes; no impression stated on copyright page; no printed price; cloth boards; top page edges stained blue; headbands; both errors present.

Price? $25, which must be about £15, is okay. You can certainly still pick up a Clowes 'export' on eBay if you ask the right questions (& get sensible answers!) for as low a price as you can think off e.g. 99p -it just depends on what the dealer starts the listing at. Auctions for copies of The Silmarillion come and go with no takers for prices around £5 regularly on eBay as there are so many copies out there.

But if you look at booksellers sites (e.g. Abebooks), prices for the Clowes 'export' probably do start around $20-$25 for a copy in decent condition; all the way up to hundreds of dollars (for no justifiable reason).

So all in, you probably could have bought a slightly cheaper copy online. Though, in the US, auctions for the UK first(s) seem to go quite high sometimes (online that is). Also worth noting is the (reasonable) scarcity of decent copies of the UK Silmarillion in any secondhand markets besides the internet.

So, no "find" I'm afraid. But you've hardly been had...

BH