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Re: First Printing Fellowship on Ebay
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A bit like buses two come along at once.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tolkien-Fellows ... ction&hash=item35aad530a6

I would be suspicious about this item if you intend to bid unless the seller posts a picture of the inside of the book showing publication details.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 11:54


Re: The wonders of eBay
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Laurel stated

sorry couldnt resist pointing out to seller his 'rubbish' statements. Now amended although still feels he will get the price. If he does I will be selling mine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I don't think you will be selling your copy

This listing has ended

and he didn't get the abebooks valuation

Posted on: 2010/7/15 11:46


Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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Wayne has already answered this point in The Descriptive Bibliography page 220

The first print order was for 100,000 copies. By the end of May 1977 booksellers' orders included 65,000 from overseas, and the print run was increased to 300,000. Later the order was raised to 325,000, and in September to 375,000. Several firms were commissioned to print the book, at one time four printers, working in blocks of 50,000 copies, to insure against a feared industrial action stopping production.


Each firm printed a different impression number in the book, (Clowes & Billings both printed first impressions). They were pretty much all printed at the same time, apart from William Clowes' printed copies which were in three distinct printings and two different impressions (first and second).

One mystery which has been discussed before on the forum is about the third impression. It does not appear to exist.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 9:57

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Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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Thanks Wayne!

Out of (very idle) curiosity, why were they making more printings of The Silmarillion through 1992 if they still had a bunch of second impressions in the warehouse?

Posted on: 2010/7/15 9:25
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The Silmarillion in our Tolkien Library set is a 2nd impression, and the set came to Christina directly from the Tolkien books Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman had kept for consultation in their library, but which they eventually gave to the Bodleian or discarded. There were in fact many copies of the Allen & Unwin 2nd impression Silmarillion still in the warehouse as late as 1992, when HarperCollins issued them in a Centenary dust-jacket.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2010/7/15 4:18



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