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Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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My question to Trotter, and particularly to Wayne & Christina, is: do your copies carry the original printed price? --or have they been re-priced?

Our copy has the original printed price.

My feeling is that when 4th impressions were inserted there would have been 2nd impressions to hand. But, conceivably, when 2nd impressions were inserted, the 4th impressions may have been exhausted.

There were certainly 2nd impressions in existence, but they may not have been to hand. It may be that the 2nd was thought to be exhausted (and new impressions ordered), while in fact a stock went unnoticed in some warehouse until recovered long afterward by HarperCollins. Also, it would be natural to assume that since our Tolkien Library set (with the 2nd impression Silmarillion) was one of the publisher's file copies, it was one of the first to be released.

One last (picky!) point to Trotter. The separate Clowes 'printings' (as you call them) are states. And, the Unwin Brothers 5th impression also had the intermediate GA&U-paper state (like Clowes); as well as the GA&U-cloth state, and the BCA copy. (Unrecorded, I'm sure for space reasons!, by Hammond...)

Much new information has come to light since the Bibliography cut-off date of mid-1992!

Wayne & Christina

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Or does one simply state that it is "highly speculative" and then pass off any rubbish as potentially valuable?


I think you have hit the nail on the head. Welcome to eBay, right? Just like a garage sale, flea market, boot-sale, etc. Buyer needs to beware at all times, and do some research. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 15:05
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I think there a few odd points here. Clearly when GA&U inserted 4th impressions into the boxset, there were 2nd impressions available; because, as Wayne reminds us, 2nd impressions were so overproduced that when HarperCollins bought UH (who had bought GA&U) there were still copies available --which were covered with slightly downsized John Howe dj's (as Wayne states in Bibliography).

Interestingly, in the 4th impressions I've seen in this boxset, the Silmarillion jacket had been re-priced; (in this case to '£5.95') as you would expect of any Silmarillion of post-1977.

My question to Trotter, and particularly to Wayne & Christina, is: do your copies carry the original printed price? --or have they been re-priced?

My feeling is that when 4th impressions were inserted there would have been 2nd impressions to hand. But, conceivably, when 2nd impressions were inserted, the 4th impressions may have been exhausted.

One last (picky!) point to Trotter. The seperate Clowes 'printings' (as you call them) are states . And, the Unwin Brother 5th impression also had the intermediate GA&U-paper state (like Clowes); as well as the GA&U-cloth state, and the BCA copy. (Unrecorded, I'm sure for space reasons!, by Hammond...)

BH

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Any opinions?

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I see the following is up for sale again. Is there no responsibility on the seller to produce some indication of the authenticity of an item like this? Or does one simply state that it is "highly speculative" and then pass off any rubbish as potentially valuable?

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Signed-J-R-R-Tolki ... tible&hash=item2eae82c4d3

Posted on: 2010/7/15 14:09



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