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Anyone with a few shillings to spare [World's most expensive books]
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If you fancy branching out from Tolkien books, how about some of these books and ephemera at Sotheby's London in December.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesig ... s-books-sale-lord-hesketh

Tolkien may get the same prices in 4-500 years time

Posted on: 2010/9/10 10:27

Edited by Khamul on 2011/1/9 12:09:18


Re: lucky finds
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This is one of my best finds.

1st, 1st American edition of Farmer Giles of Ham very good + to near fine condition with dust jacket (same condition) for $15 buy it now on eBay.

The seller obviously didn't know what he was selling.

Posted on: 2010/9/9 14:39


Re: lucky finds
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It was just sheer blind luck about 2 years ago. I happened to be loooking on ebay just as someone listed it as a buy-it-now for £75. I spent at least 10 minutes double checking the listing to make sure it was what I thought it was before buying it.

I joined Folio Society a few months later and discovered they still had a few of the limited numbered Silmarillion left for £100 (now sold out) so I bought one but am still looking for a Hobbit to complete the set. They won't be a matching set of numbers but that doesn't bother me.

As for selling it, I think (paradoxically) if i had paid £200+ for it I might consider selling but, as it is one of my best lucky finds, it has a certain sentimental value as well so will be staying on my bookshelf.

Posted on: 2010/9/9 13:34


Re: lucky finds
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Gawain- how on earth did you get number 3 on that list? Out of interest (and Im not making an offer) what would you do if someone offered you £500 for the set?

Posted on: 2010/9/9 13:06


Re: lucky finds
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My best three (Tolkien) lucky finds were:

1. (bookshop) Harper Collins Peoples of Middle Earth 1st ed hb d/j £5
2. (bookshop) Farmer Giles of Ham 2nd impression 1957 hb d/j 60p
3 (ebay) Folio Numbered Limited Edition 3-vol LOTR slipcased £75

Posted on: 2010/9/9 12:05



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