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Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay

Subject: Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
by Elwë on 2011/1/24 14:11:06

Khamul,

In my opinion, the limiting factor with any of the bookplate laden books is of authenticity of the plate, not chronology. If the signatures are real, then they are real, and that's what counts. I think that most people agree that Harper Collins did a poor job with the plates (design, distribution, forge-ability, etc.), which certainly reduces the value when compared to a flat signed/numbered edition. But we know that a few of these were inserted (originally) into U.S. Deluxe editions, and C.R.T.'s signature still has to be of some value, regardless of how it was handled along the way. I guess I just think that none of the bookplate books are extremely desirable, and while chronology might factor into value a little, it is not a big deal in this case.

My question regarding the possible number of U.S. Deluxe editions with bookplates was asked out of simple curiosity. I was not trying to infer any enhanced value. I purchased this copy in its present state from a reputable seller (no, not flatsigned, or cavorite), for what I thought was a reasonable price. I have no plans to peel this plate and stick it into another book, nor would I ever do that. My book is in great condition and shows no signs of tampering to the bookplate (if there's a 'crook' in the book's past, they sure fooled me). I would think that if neither the book nor bookplate are damaged, then it's a pretty nice collectable. Will this book ever warrant high prices? Probably not. Is it less desirable than a U.K. Deluxe? Probably. But, in the end, it's a nice book that contains Alan Lee's and Christopher Tolkien's signatures, and I like it. (Trying to cut down on italics, but can't go cold turkey!)