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Re: Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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Another book spoiled in the name of making a fast dollar. If the author physically signs the pages of a book, then that's fine by me - it's what the author intended to do, but when a piece of unrelated paper is chopped up and glued into said book long after the fact, then that's just vandalism.

I really just wish people would get over the fascination with signatures (really, someone signing their name isn't that impressive a thing in the grand scheme of things). JRRT had various variants of nice-looking signature to be sure, but when these start trading in the thousands of dollars and being used as paste-ins to bump up the price of the books (i.e. the real works), something is wrong, and it's our fault for buying them...

Bah, humbug, etc.

Stu

PS. Merry Time Off Work (if you are lucky enough to not be working).

Posted on: 2008/12/23 15:29


Re: Signature/Autograph Database?
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I agree with Jlong here. I don't think us discussing (& posting) on this site really has any baring or influence on the counterfeit market.

First and foremost this forum is for discussion. Talk of archives and databasing, whilst interesting and in many respects appealing, is one step (in my opinion) towards shattering the whole appeal and pleasure in collecting for the amateur/private collector. By quantifying everything (or aiming to), we risk loosing (sanitising) everything that makes (for me) book collecting (I include in this the collecting of information of any kind about books) what it is.

If I have any issues or questions about signatures, I'll continue to raise them here on the forum, or simply communicate them privately with Beren...

BH

Posted on: 2008/12/23 15:21
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Re: Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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It's exactly the same.
Seems like the seller wanted to make yet more money on a first impression of The Hobbit by sticking a signature on the title page. A bit greedy, isn't it?
On the other hand, it makes it also more appealing to collectors and a first impression with a signature of Tolkien (even when it's pasted on the book) is obviously much more attractive...

Posted on: 2008/12/23 13:06
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Re: Forthcoming Hilary Tolkien book
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Interesting, I actually heard about that somewhere, but I thought it was a joke then!

Posted on: 2008/12/23 8:44


Forthcoming Hilary Tolkien book
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I received this news from Angie:

Friday 30th January 2009 at 19.00 hrs in the Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, is the International Launch date for "Black and White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien", edited by Angela Gardner and illustrated by Jef Murray.


Congrats to Angie and Jef, I look forward to seeing the book! I will post more details here as I accumulate them.

Posted on: 2008/12/22 16:40
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