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Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Hello All,

I was just wondering what people think about the Deluxe signed version of S&G being slated as 500 copies, as per CoH? I had hoped that HC would have learned some lessons from the signed CoH and gone with a more sensible 250 copies.

I must admit, other than to maybe order a single copy up front to get a low number, I can't see myself ordering two upfront as with CoH (and then a further one at 30% discount later on), knowing that as a non-ME book it is possibly even more likely to be a difficult-to-shift volume (and therefore be discounted).

Sounds like it's going to be GBP250 rather than GBP350, but that's still a tidy sum in the current environment. I'm not sure that so many people will be prepared to commit early for multiple copies, so this could be a bit of a sales dud...

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Posted on: 2009/2/22 1:47


Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin - Great Price for U.S. Collectors!
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For anyone that is still interested in the Deluxe Edtions boxed set, but missed the 30% discount to 140GBP (which in my opinion is about the price it should retail for), I noticed that there is a seller on Abebooks (THE SAINT BOOKSTORE in Southport) that has >20 sets, charging 149 pounds. Not quite as cheap as the 30% off deal, but not far off.

"Description: 0007273568 BRAND NEW" "The J. R. R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection: "The Children of Hurin", "The Silmarillion", "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007273560"

I also notice (hence posting to this thread) that they also appear to have >20 Deluxe, Signed CoHs @ 261 pounds each.

"Book Description: Retailer-exclusive titles. LEATHER BOUND. Book Condition: New. 0007252242 BRAND NEW" The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007252244"

They seem legit, so it seems that HC are not quite the exclusive retailer they claim to be any more. Not surprising as the 500 Super-Deluxes have been hard to shift (even with plenty of people buying 2 or three copies)...

Stu

Posted on: 2009/2/22 1:36


Re: Hobbit on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’
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"But they would not get that price any more, the credit crunch has put paid to that."

True - but that small fact doesn't deter them! As a glance at abe.books will show; high prices being asked for unsigned copies. A lot of the more expensive ones seem to be bought by other dealers, and so spend a lot of their time on aircraft over the Atlantic, being moved from one high-priced bookstore to another, when their real place ought to be on my shelf! In an ideal world...


Posted on: 2009/2/21 16:35


Re: Hobbit on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’
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But they would not get that price any more, the credit crunch has put paid to that.

The only way to get someone to pay £10K+ for Tolkien items in today's climate is to have 'signed' items and I think this site is doing a wonderful job in finding fakes and stopping them being sold, so they have to have provable provenance.

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Yes, IIRC the expert said the auction estimate would be 2-3,000 pounds. An insurance estimate ought to be double that, ie what one would expect to pay in a shop. Except that some dealers, esp. two I can think of in the UK, would have the leaf with the inscription replaced, and add 10,000 to the price!

Posted on: 2009/2/21 6:01



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