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Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Khamul,

In my opinion, the limiting factor with any of the bookplate laden books is of authenticity of the plate, not chronology. If the signatures are real, then they are real, and that's what counts. I think that most people agree that Harper Collins did a poor job with the plates (design, distribution, forge-ability, etc.), which certainly reduces the value when compared to a flat signed/numbered edition. But we know that a few of these were inserted (originally) into U.S. Deluxe editions, and C.R.T.'s signature still has to be of some value, regardless of how it was handled along the way. I guess I just think that none of the bookplate books are extremely desirable, and while chronology might factor into value a little, it is not a big deal in this case.

My question regarding the possible number of U.S. Deluxe editions with bookplates was asked out of simple curiosity. I was not trying to infer any enhanced value. I purchased this copy in its present state from a reputable seller (no, not flatsigned, or cavorite), for what I thought was a reasonable price. I have no plans to peel this plate and stick it into another book, nor would I ever do that. My book is in great condition and shows no signs of tampering to the bookplate (if there's a 'crook' in the book's past, they sure fooled me). I would think that if neither the book nor bookplate are damaged, then it's a pretty nice collectable. Will this book ever warrant high prices? Probably not. Is it less desirable than a U.K. Deluxe? Probably. But, in the end, it's a nice book that contains Alan Lee's and Christopher Tolkien's signatures, and I like it. (Trying to cut down on italics, but can't go cold turkey!)

Posted on: 2011/1/24 14:11


Re: Bookshelf arrangements
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Popular topic you got here loonka *chuckle*

I think sometimes when you put up a question relevant to every members book routine, a quick (minimum thought) answer isn't always possible --and so you sometimes don't get any response at all.

I have very few books sitting horizontally; I don't have too many doubled up either. The order & layout for me (presently) is about preserving condition e.g. most red (or anything close to red) are turned jacket spine in; some have facing books (irrelevant, non collection books) in front of them too. I have big books with big books; small with small. I tend to arrange by title; and by date within those categories. Although, all the recent deluxe styles are together for some reason. With the shelving courtesy of Ikea, some elements of arrangement are driven by how bowed the shelves are becoming too... & so one could rabbit on...

BH

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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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Ack! I don't have to look, because I can tell by the silver circle 'round the title, and the lettering, that this is a fourth impression of the 1st ed. FR.

What a state to let a book - any book - get into!

Posted on: 2011/1/24 13:01


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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If one is going to get all pedantic (as I frequently do...) about chronological 'assembly' of these quasi-publication CoH states, then one would need to ask --why would anyone want a US deluxe copy with one of these bookplates?

The assembly of this 'state' (I use, or perhaps mis-use, this term loosely) post-dates the London (Waterstones) and NY (Barnes & Noble) events by several months. None of these copies, whether assembled as intended, or fraudulently assembled, occurred at publication time. Therefore, why the appeal in 'making' one, or buying one?

By all means, if you're a crook, peal one from a UK standard Hb, and re-stick it into a UK deluxe --at least that makes sense.

BH

Posted on: 2011/1/24 12:48
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Re: eBay auction images
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All right, looks like both bugs are fixed for now. I have more ideas to make this more robust over time, so let me know if you have thoughts on making it better and I will see what I can do.

Bug reports are of course welcome as well!

Posted on: 2011/1/24 12:08
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