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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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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....

Posted on: 9/12 21:10:13


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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As Khamûl says, finding pristine (i.e. actually fine) copies isn't that easy. That said, it can be done for most books, but it can take a LONG time to find that perfect copy of a book, and it is likely to cost more than the imperfect copies (this isn't always the case, though).

I personally purchase a handful of books a year, and the main reason is that it is rare for me to see that combination of quality and price that works for me. Book collecting needs to be slow and steady or you will likely end up with a collection that you will be unhappy with. It is very satisfying when you fo find tht 50 year old book that looks better than a new copy, but don't expect that satisfaction to come along particularly regularly, especially if you are only looking for a fairly narrow range of titles, editions and impressions.

There are books where you have to sacrifice condition significantly just to get a copy -- these are few and far between in the world of Tolkien, though.

Posted on: 9/12 12:57:47

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Re: Beyond Bree - September 2017
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Beyond Bree is sending a 2017 BB calendar signed by members (who met up with Nancy at a few conferences this year) to Christopher in thanks for all of his hard years of work. There is an invitation to send Nancy letters/comments/thoughts that will be included in the package if the reader was not able to sign the calendar directly.

BB (Nancy) has corresponded often with Christopher and met with him at least once that I know of, so this will not be unexpected or unappreciated by him.

On the photocopy question - I'll have to ask again (I suppose with the cost reduction in laser printing, these could all be printed rather than copied at this point, I don't know if she changed technology since the last time we talked and I can't tell the difference on cursory inspection). All physical copies are "bound" this way - many subscribers have opted with digital copies at this point, too.

Posted on: 9/12 11:32:20
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Re: Beyond Bree - September 2017
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Two questions:

Is it normally just stapled together photocopied pages?

And what's with the Tribute to CT?

BH

Posted on: 9/12 10:41:45
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Re: The Silmarillion: Uncorrected Proof, Salesman Dummy, or Melthuen Bound?
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Thank you everyone for your posts, they are always very insightful and helpful! I will keep watching that item and hope for a more reasonable price :). It is great to be back!

Posted on: 9/12 10:37:39



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