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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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Now that would have been a good deal. Are you sending back?
This is the problem with ebay - you are relying on sellers description and sometimes forget to ask the obvious. I have just brought two items - both were sent but itturned out someone elses photo was used ! Pleasingly seller refunded in full on one immediately and waiting ebay judgement on other one today.
Keep looking for those bargains

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Re: The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation
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I have a 1942 edition (which has the same acknowledgement to Tolkien quoted by Beren) and states

First Published January 1938
Reprinted February 1938, April 1938
1942

That suggests (as Beren says) that 1944 would be at least a 5th printing.

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Re: The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation
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In my 1938 edition from The Claredon Press is written:
"[...] Mr. E. A. Barber and Mr. D. L. Page have given valuable help in the Notes; Professor J. R. R. Tolkien and Mr. W. H. Shewring in the second part of the Introduction; [...]"
I don't know of an earlier edition, but I know there exists a blue version from the same year that prints 2nd ed., the 1944 edition was already the 5th printing (if I'm correct).

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The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation [1938]
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Some web sites (Tolkienbooks.net and Tolkien Library) include The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation in the JRRT bibliographies.

Tolkienbooks.net lists the work under "Other Credits", saying that "Tolkien helped with 'Introduction Part II - Greek Poetry in Translation'.", and gives 1944 as the publication year.

Tolkien Library gives 1938 as the publication year.

Amazon.co.uk also has 1938 as the publication year, saying it was the 2nd edition.

The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation is not included in the section "Published Writings by JRRT" in the JRRT Companion and Guide (I'm eagerly awaiting the promised new edition of the JRRT: A Descriptive Bibliography!). Can anyone point me to a published source which includes a description of this book in relation Tolkien's alleged contribution?

Was there an edition of this book published before 1938 (the 1st edition?), and did Tolkien not contribute to this edition?

Thank you!

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Well, I was initially going to post this under "Lucky Finds," but now that I have received the books, I think it is appropriate to post here. I caught a buy it now ebay listing for a very nice 1963 A&U set of LotR with original jackets for 50GBP! Great deal, right? Well, yes, and no. I will maintain that it was a great deal because the books themselved are really near fine condition.... and, the jackets are perfectly in tact. The ebay listing stated that they were in protective plastic film, so I assumed they would be in good shape. Turns out, they were indeed in protective plastic film, because they are laminated! LAMINATED DUST JACKETS!!! The lamination has caused the inks to bleed, creating a sort of 'ghosting' appearance around all the print. LAMINATED DUST JACKETS!!! UGGHHH!! What a way to ruin a nice set. It may have originally been well intended, but..... UGGHHH!!


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