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Re: TolkienGuide in 2008...
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Yep, I would like to second that. I really appreciate the informed discussion on this site, and thanks to all that contribute (and of course to Rowns for making it all available).

Of course my fiancee would like to see this site and every other site associated with Tolkien (or arms and armour) closed down immediately, as that would save her endlessly lambasting me for being "on the interwebs again". :)

Cheers
Stu

Posted on: 2008/12/23 17:09


TolkienGuide in 2008...
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You (Rowns) should really be writing a little piece here, summarising the highs and lows (if that's really how one might describe anything involving book collecting) on TolkienGuide this year!

But seriously; just wanted to say I've really enjoyed the forum this year. I think the volume (and quality!) of discussion has been far higher than in previous years. It seems to be a real community at present (dear me, that sounds corny...); long may it continue! (...to brighten up my otherwise dull existence!)

Think this is me signing off 'til the New Year. Hope everyone has a merry festive season. Roll on 2009!

BH

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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

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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...

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