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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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Yes, all three volumes have intact dust jackets in very good condition considering they're almost 45 years old. I bought a similar set a couple of years ago of a later printing (1970) in not as good condition and paid significantly more for it.

Posted on: 2010/9/9 11:30


Re: lucky finds
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I'm happy to double your money if you want to sell.

That's a very good purchase for £5

I bought all of these items on eBay for £20 (free postage), extremely poor listing, all first printings of these particular printings, with dust-jackets in case anyone asks.

http://web.archive.org/web/2007011110 ... _hobbit_-_1991-1998_2.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2006091118 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_3.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2007011110 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_4.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2006091817 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_5.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2007081814 ... t/html/silmarillion_5.htm

I was very pleased with "The Silmarillion", but getting these copies of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" was a bonus

Posted on: 2010/9/9 10:46

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