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Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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Yes, in some ways all that matters is the spine and slipcase as 99% of the time that is what you will see.

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Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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I've been collecting Tolkien books for over 15 years now. I've started with German editions, which I completed a couple of years ago (all in fine condition or even sealed) and went over to the original editions. Normally I focus on very good to fine condition, but in this case I made an exception. And let's face it. This book shows up for a reasonable price only every few years. So you can either wait for the next, or the one after, or you can buy this one and be proud of another gem in your collection.

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Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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Its odd you mention the condition thing. I admit I am approaching my two year anniversary of collecting the books but have been a lifelong collector of Tolkien and other fantasy art, toys, etc. I can say in the vintage toy game condition matters, a lot. It seems with books some things are overlooked like a minor bumped corner. I have really yet to get a book and inspect it with the same eyes as I do toys and be happy with it. They always seem to have some issue and retailers and resellers rarely pack the things worth a damn.

I also admit that it was social media and the HC deluxe series that got me here. As I collect too much I am not a completist in any way and have a short list left of signed, limited items before I figure out how much I can afford on "as close to a first edition" of The Hobbit and LOTR.

Posted on: 7/21 16:32:01


Re: Thinking of selling Silmarillion. red leather bound edition (limited 1000 )
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Tapuvae (Chris) wrote:
This is where I was on it. This one could be had for around 2k US vs a new offering from the Tolkien Bookshelf for a clean and signed copy for just under 5k, likely could haggle that down a little. Is a clean and signed copy worth double? The numbers hurt regardless.


Remember asking prices != selling prices (or not always). Tolkien collecting is a bit of an oddity, though. Most genres of book collecting seem to only ascribe significant value to books that are either very, very rare or are in fine condition (or close to). I think the whole movie thing drew in a lot of people into collecting Tolkien who were less bothered about condition. That seems to be unwinding a bit now, and I think Tolkien collecting will become a lot more discerning over time.

Posted on: 7/21 15:49:20


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