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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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So let's put this out there for discussion then: why do you seek these perfect, unmarked copies? Why do you not want to own books that show signs of wear &/or previous ownership? I can guess the answer(s), but curious nonetheless...

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Posted on: 9/14 2:52:23
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If only the 80th anniversary of Songs for the Philologists had not gone by uncelebrated

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A couple of Tolkien book anniversarys coming up.

The 15th September 2017 is the 40th Anniversary of The Silmarillion publication in 1977.

The 21st September 2017 is the 80th Anniversary of The Hobbit publication in 1937.


Posted on: 9/13 22:40:57


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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The Antiquarian, I wonder if we know each other. I also collected vintage Star Wars toys and various other things. And now you know why third party grading is so popular in vintage toys, comics, coins, etc. I am about 2-3 years into the book hobby and find myself continuously disappointed as well. New books don't even come in mint condition because sellers pack them so poorly.

I have been looking for one of these for some time now.

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=62330

I bought one and the slipcase was damaged structurally. Returned. I am trying to finish this set because one of my first major purchases was this set

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=43400

Despite asking repeatedly about spine rubbing (which is so common you can even see it here) and being told repeatedly it was perfect, well, it was not. Better than most I had seen offered but still some slight rubbing.

Posted on: 9/13 19:17:12


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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The_Antiquarian wrote:
I am extremely grateful for all the help, Mr. Stu and Khamûl!

What I forgot to mention is that prior to my purchase, I sent several emails/messages to the sellers, asking if their definition of "fine" and "pristine" condition are equivalent to the ones commonly used by the book collectors and they adamantly said yes.

Now I am left with two of the books that are subpar in quality and as a "perfectionist" when it comes to collecting, it's like having two tumors dangling on my bookshelf. I might as well give them to my baby son to use em as scrap paper...

I will keep purchasing 1st Edition 1st Impression copies of the Silmarillion until I find several of the actual "fine" condition books. What a quest....



You really just need to get plenty of photos before making your purchase decision. Of course, this isn't always possible and sometimes it is worth taking a punt. The Sil can be a hard one to find in true fine condition because as well as scuffing, bumping and all the other hazards that any book faces, the red dye is particularly vulnerable to fading (as is often the case with red). The dark blue top stain is also prone to damage from settled dust.

They do exist, though (I have one, which was boxed with other GA&U books until I purchased it a decade ago, and which I keep in a dark drawer, rather than on the shelf), but we are now talking about a 40 year old book, and there can't be THAT many copies kept essentially in a box / out of light for their entire life.

Your search for that perfect copy may take a little while. Just get photos and pass by the copies that don't meet your requirements. If finding great copies was as simple as firing up Abe and spending money, it would a pretty dull hobby*.

(Also remember that "Good" condition in book collecting circles means that it is only useful as a firelighter. Unless you *aren't* a professional seller, in which good condition can mean anything from firelighter to perfection).

[*As my wife is happy to remind me, it IS a dull hobby]

Posted on: 9/12 23:37:45



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