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Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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Thanks for the input. As it happens, I just bought a 2002 set of LOTR folio editions on eBay for an amazing £32 plus postage, largely due (I think) to a listing error in the title. I then snapped up the hobbit for a tenner so I've only got the silmarillion to go!

As for the Tolkien deluxe set, I've decided to get it book by book from thebookdepositry.co.uk where it will cost just £140. I've ordered LOTR but will have to wait for more funds before I get the rest! Obviously no slipcase but for £60 I can live with that, and since I plan on getting the further deluxe editions, it wouldn't sit right on my shelf in a slipcase anyway!

From Sept (when my new promotion kicks in) I will have £200 a month to devote to Tolkien books, so give me a year or so guys and I should have some niceities to share with you all!

Posted on: 2010/7/30 2:00


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. Wayne & Christina


It certainly is questionable especially when you see who it was bought from on eBay.

For sale is a first US edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This copy dates to the 1950 and is the 14th printing. It has its original dust jack which apart from some minor chips is in pretty good shale. There is an ownership inscription on the inside flyleaf but other than that is devoid of internal markings. The picture at the beginning of the book is signed 'J.R.R. Tolkien' with fountain pen. This page appears to have been inserted and was perhaps sent to Tolkien to be signed. There is no provenance with this item and as I am not a dealer there is no certificate of authenticity issued. I am starting this item at a low reserve and will allow the bidding to dictate the value of the book. Postage within Canada by insured mail is $20.00 Shipping by insured trackable airmail $25.00 to the US.. Other destinations will be charged postage at cost. Payment due within 3 days of sale. Payment by Paypal only. All sales final. No returns.

Please see my other items listed for sale including a 1932 limited first edition of Brave New World signed by Aldous Huxley and other signed items.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200480907435

EDIT: PBA Galleries have withdrawn the item from the current auction.

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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.

Wayne & Christina

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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