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Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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Thanks a lot Beren! I really do appreciate it. Though it is obviously unfortunate that those endpapers were removed, at least the books weren't completely disposed of. It seems from all the evidence that the books I purchased are pretty legitimate, though I guess no one can ever be 100% sure because the books no longer contain the signatures.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 8:47


Re: Article on Tolkien collection
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Just a small correction to my previous post:

The actual inscription reads:

"For Elaine in celebration of over sixty years' friendship with the Tolkien family. With my love and so many grateful memories of your kindness" and is dated August 1992.

That's what you get when you rely on memory.

The bookshop selling the books was 'The Bookshop at Beech Cottage'. I just checked ABE and they still have a few books left previously owned by Elaine Griffiths. But none that are Tolkien related.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 7:59


Re: Article on Tolkien collection
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By the way... did anyone notice this book come up for sale?

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookD ... ortby%3D1%26x%3D0%26y%3D0

This one is even better then the book signed for Elaine Griffiths! It is a 1st impression hobbit signed for a very close relative of Tolkien; and now available for the encredible amount of US$ 122927. I know this copy and would love to add it to my collection for sure, but wonder if there actually exist someone who can afford to buy it. I can't in a thousand year.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:54


Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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I remember the horror of moving very well. I must have moved over 25 times in the last 10 years; the worst being coming back from Greece to Belgium and moving over 1000 Tolkien books... It was completely out of my hands and I did spent weeks to prepare it. I was very happy to see them all arrive in good shape and quickly released them from the horrible boxes. Still, because of lack of space I do sometimes have to store a lot of books in boxes... and so the last years I did sell over 1000 books and am concentrating to sell of the large volume and exchange them for better quality items.

There is lots to say about moving books, but also a lot on how to put them on shelves, how to handle them, insurance, exhibiting, etc. There is a lot we can learn from older collectors, so please any topic that can teach us something, don't hold back and talk about it here!

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:49


Re: Tolkien signature
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On the other hand a lot of signed books are being sold, and Christopher Tolkien himself has signed several limited editions, and added a lot of extra value to these books by doing so. So, since I guess he was payd to sign these copies, he actually sort of agreed business in autographs by signing the limited editions.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:43



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