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Re: What do people think of this item
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A copy of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, described as with Tolkien's signature in the bottom margin of the frontispiece plate, is to be offered by PBA Galleries of San Francisco on August 5th. The online catalogue page is here. The date is said to be '[1960]', but as the list of works includes The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it can't be earlier than 1963. The dust-jacket is labeled the fourteenth impression, which also points to 1963. The web images enlarge only so far, but enough to see that the 'J.R.R. Tolkien' signature is in blue ink and has certain questionable characteristics of script. The house estimate is $5,000-8,000.

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Posted on: 2010/7/29 19:53


Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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The HarperCollins slip-cased The J. R. R. Tolkien Collection is nice but I can't recommend paying £200 for it, which is the current price on the website.

I bought my set when HarperCollins were offering 30% off (the set was £140), a big saving in this case.

There is a chance that this offer is likely to be available again from the website.

Andrew

Posted on: 2010/7/29 10:30


Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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I am not 100% sure, but I believe you are following an old link. I don't think that Folio currently has The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion available for sale. I live in the US and this offer is not shown as current when I go to the Folio site. In fact, I believe it has been a couple years since the offer was available, and it was sans Silmarillion.

In my opinion, the most recent Harper Collins slipcased editions (http://www.tolkien.co.uk/titles/40805 ... r-r-tolkien-9780007273560) available from Amazon are nicer editions than the Folio ones anyway. I am not a fan of the illustrations in the Folio editions, and I also find them to be cheaper quality. While I do like the ornate paper on the Folio editions, I have found that the stamped images on the covers scratch and rub off easily. They are still good books, but they simply don't feel as nice in my hands as the Harper Collins Deluxe books.

As far as illustrated editions go, for my money, I would go for the Alan Lee / Ted Nasmith set.

Posted on: 2010/7/29 6:34


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Re: Is Christopher Tolkien's sig a worthy investment?
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Khamul - thanks so much for that info, and I would love to hear other details you may have. It is hard for me as a new collector to know what is a decent price and what is not. I actually fell in love with Tolkien ten years back, and have owned and sold a few nice editions in that time, but only now am I in the position to spend a couple of hundred pounds each and every month on these books!

I wrote my dissertation for my degree on the Christian themes in LOTR- is there somewhere you can recommend that may publish this? I would be happy to email a copy if you'd care to read it!

Posted on: 2010/7/25 9:28



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