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Re: The Most Expensive Tolkien Book in the World
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hmm... looks like some folk out there think they can become 'instant' collectors just because they have money to spend. There's more to it than that.

Posted on: 2008/12/21 13:24


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Amazon dropped me a reminder that it's pretty much too late to ship a lot of things in time for the holiday next week, but... Gift Cards are instant! Tell your loved ones to get you a gift card so you can buy exactly what you want in Tolkien collectibles.

I know for me personally, my family never knows what to get me exactly, since "I have everything already" (not true, but from their perspective, the shelves full of Tolkien books all looks the same to them...)




Posted on: 2008/12/21 13:10
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Re: The Most Expensive Tolkien Book in the World
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Khamul wrote:
..... Kind of against the whole collecting ethos I feel; buying on this scale, & with this money tho'. .....
Exactly the same sentiment arose in talk with Beren and some friends yesterday ...

Posted on: 2008/12/21 12:44


Re: Christopher Tolkien signature
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Here is a sample of his signature from 2004. Hope this helps.

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Posted on: 2008/12/21 12:26


Re: Signature/Autograph Database?
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Parmastahir said,
Just pondering the matter, I wonder how many things we sign in a lifetime?


Tolkien is probably at the low end of the scale here, he was never "in the limelight" doing mass signings, etc.

Personally, I probably sign less than two dozen things a year, mostly paperwork for my job (I am not the check/cheque writer of the family). Some authors have had "signed limited editions" put out post-mortem where the signatures are actually cut from checks, since they signed so few items when they were alive.

Someone like Alan Lee has probably signed thousands of items per year since the movies came out. Some very popular authors I know have done five hundred book signings in a few hours. So a book tour would produce possibly tens of thousands of signed books in a year.

Circling back to Tolkien, I think it is quite fortuitous that he saved carbon copies of so many letters he wrote - the bulk of the Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien would not have been possible if he hadn't kept those, since the copies that were mailed are likely mostly lost forever.

Posted on: 2008/12/21 12:23
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