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Re: First UK Deluxe Edition of the Lord of the Rings
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The buckram is more prone to delamination from the underlying board on the TT as well. Presumably there was just a different batch of materials used for some or all of the TTs, which is less durable. I can't see any other explanation - It is either process or materials.

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Khamûl wrote:
Benefit of doubt? Come on Stu, you've seen this seller's other listings. The kindest thing than one could say is: he's just another bookseller who knows nothing (by his own admission) about what he's selling. None of this would matter if it weren't for that price. It's clearly a nod to the value of the 1996 edition.

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EDIT: He's also got a 1996 edition listed, so it's not like he can't compare the two:
eBay Item #141656503792


I don't disagree with you. When I said benefit of the doubt, I thought he was going to update the text of his listing -- which he has not done so far as I can tell, other than lowering his price and removing a couple of words. I still consider the listing to be bad form. I've updated my post (above) to reflect the full "conversation". I agree with you about it being a nod to the price of the 1996 edition - that was my first thought when I saw he had both up and the small price differential.

The problem is that no eBay rules are being contravened, and the pictures are there for a buyer to see it is the POD version. Clearly, it appears to be an attempt to lead the potential buyer into jumping to the conclusion that it is a rarer, earlier copy, but there are no specific words to that effect, so the buyer will have no comeback via eBay.

I've never liked this seller's auctions to be honest. There often seems to be something about them that I find a bit "off".

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And so someone falls into the trap...
eBay Item #141656454166

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Don't really know why the spine of TT is very prone to fading (difficult one to figure out) but it is definitely an issue.

Virtually all the ones I have seen for sale over the years have had the spine of the TT faded. I think it was about 8/9 years before I found a nice original set with an unfaded spine (and not a completely outrageous price - still was quite expensive - just not completely outrageous).

Sorry to be of no absolutely no help with your question. Don't even have a guess to venture!

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And there's your answer!

Trotter, the image Deagol has up on his award winning site (), TolkienBooks.net, clearly has no such issue...

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