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Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Khamul, you are certainly right about the things that make collecting interesting. All of the intricacies that separate the various states of books are fascinating, to say the least. I think sometimes I under-appreciate the finer details. When I really think about it, though, my favorite books in my collection are the ones that have a bit of a story behind them.

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Re: Bookshelf arrangements
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Thanks for the question loonka and making sure it didn't die on the vine, Khamul.

There are a few main factors in how my books are arranged:

My house layout drives a particular arrangement: I have barrister shelves (antique, glass door, modular, way oversized) in the bedroom, where the windows and curtains are never opened. The oversized books as well as anything valuable and/or sensitive to light go here.

The living room has the bulk of my shelving, but it also has a huge skylight. While UV protection is available, I don't trust it to be 100% effective, so more of the reading copies or books that move in and out quickly go here.

All in all, they are arranged mostly by size and time they were aquired. I don't move everything around to fit additional HoME books into the same section, for example, they just go where there is currently significant space. I am sure anyone not me is very frustrated when trying to find any particular book.

They are also arranged by size as much as possible, as Khamul notes. It is important to not have very tall and very short books shelved right next to each other, as you can get leaning or worse from the uneven support.

So there is my short answer.

Posted on: 2011/1/24 16:39
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Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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I totally agree. I didn't intend: why would you want one of these? I just meant that sometimes, the event, the circumstances surrounding the book state, is (I was going to say 'important'; but that I think is where I'm in error) --more interesting, than just the mechanical fact that Christopher signed it.

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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!)

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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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