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Re: SILM: Pirate Editions
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(Trotter) I've noticed that Hobbit (1972?) Taiwan pirate copy on eBay Buy-It-Now for a while now (or something like that, if I recall). I'm not that interested in them besides the Silmarillion copies.

The Bookcase Shop copy is stated to be authorized. And, is in Hammond under the Billing UK domestic entry as authorized by GA&U. Although, with both errors corrected, it presumeably wasn't actually taken from the Billing printing, but more likely the Clowes 2nd impression; Hammond entered it here, I'm sure, as Bibliography doesn't have seperate entries for each impression with different printers for reasons of space etc.

There is no mention of the US pirate. I'm sure it came with a dj; I've seen other dealers mention a US pirate with a dj. Both errors are present & uncorrected in this red-covered copy. Does anyone know when these two errors were corrected in the US Silmarillion? Between the 1rst & 2nd impressions? Not that it matters in this respect, as the copyright claim (that it is from the US 1rst printing) would appear to be correct.

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Posted on: 2009/9/7 7:24
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Re: Neil Gaiman's Bookshelves
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Thanks for sharing that with us Trotter!

Wow! -those shelves, roof to floor, are something else. Although, Wayne & Christina's collection may (just) give Gaiman a run for his money!

(Rowns) If we're talking about the yellow spined LotRs in the picture; I don't know, a lot of the big one volume paperbacks get pretty close to that condition. My 90's Howe/Gandalf one volume is pretty bad (& I haven't read it that much). That orange spine two to the right of it though! -what the hell is that?...

BH

Posted on: 2009/9/7 4:19
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Re: The Silmarillion
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It's sounds as if you have indeed purchased the Clowes 'export' edition. Issue points are: published by GA&U; printed by Clowes; no impression stated on copyright page; no printed price; cloth boards; top page edges stained blue; headbands; both errors present.

Price? $25, which must be about £15, is okay. You can certainly still pick up a Clowes 'export' on eBay if you ask the right questions (& get sensible answers!) for as low a price as you can think off e.g. 99p -it just depends on what the dealer starts the listing at. Auctions for copies of The Silmarillion come and go with no takers for prices around £5 regularly on eBay as there are so many copies out there.

But if you look at booksellers sites (e.g. Abebooks), prices for the Clowes 'export' probably do start around $20-$25 for a copy in decent condition; all the way up to hundreds of dollars (for no justifiable reason).

So all in, you probably could have bought a slightly cheaper copy online. Though, in the US, auctions for the UK first(s) seem to go quite high sometimes (online that is). Also worth noting is the (reasonable) scarcity of decent copies of the UK Silmarillion in any secondhand markets besides the internet.

So, no "find" I'm afraid. But you've hardly been had...

BH

Posted on: 2009/9/7 3:18
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The Silmarillion
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Hello. I am relatively new to collecting Tolkien. I recently found a copy of the Silmarillion at a flea market for $25. It's in great condition so regardless of the edition I am pleased with my purchase. However, I would like to know if I have something of greater value or not. I believe it is the export edition of the first edition. It is the 1977 edition Allen and Unwin, printed by Clowes and Sons. There is no price on the dustjacket. The top of the pages are blue. There are misprints on pages 330 (missing full stop) and 352 (the word and is italicized in Ulmo's titles).

Do I have a "find" at $25 or did I over pay?

I apologize for no pics....my scanner is acting up tonight.

Posted on: 2009/9/6 19:45


Re: Neil Gaiman's Bookshelves
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I saw these and had to go digging.

He has one of the most worn and well-read copies of LOTR that I have seen in a long while, as well as a smattering of other titles (I cannot figure out what one of the books are). I also saw some Tolkien in his paperback section - Silmarillion, Sir Gawain, Tolkien Reader, etc. but didn't pull out an enlargement of those for here - that is left as an exercise for the fan as obsessed as I.

Enjoy this fuzzy treasure, though.

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Posted on: 2009/9/5 15:13
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