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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


Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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Ok i'm now looking at the list of books sold by Loome Theological Booksellers and I find the following:

T37. Willoms, R.M. Early Middle English Literature. London: Metheun & Co, 1939. x + 309 pp. (original publisher's cloth, some foxing) Review copy. In ink, on front past-down endpaper, in another hand (possibly his son Christopher's): "[JRRT]" ----- $100.00

T11. Doutrepont, Auguste. La Clef d'amors. Texte critique [...] In ink, on front free endpaper, in Tolkien's hand: "J.R.R. Tolkien." ------ $ 650.00

T4. Brandl, Alois: Anglica. Untersuchungen zur englischen Philologie. Alois Brandl zum [...] In ink, on front free endpaper, in Tolkien's hand: "J.R.R. Tolkien", Corrections, in ink and pencil, in the margin of the Inhalt page. ----- $ 700.00

T1. Appel, Carl. provenzalische Chrestomathie mit Abriss der Fomenlehre und Glossar. Fünfte verbesserte Auflage. Leipzig: O.R. Reisland. 1920 xl + 344 pp. (original publisher's cloth) In ink, on front free endpaper, in Tolkien's hand "J.R.R. Tolkien". ----- $600.00

So yes they are all on the list and sold back then. You can see the original prices of that time.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:39


Re: Tolkien Signature in Smith of Wootton Major
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Sorry about the 'making jealous' thing... not so long ago I was feeling rather jealous myself when you send me the email about the books from Tolkien's library.

Still I find it peculiar this "Oxfam" store did manage to sell it just like a normal book and for no money at all.

I did once buy a signed 2nd impression Hobbit in that same store (but that was in 1991 or 1992) and I did not expect ever to see a signed Tolkien book to show up there again (since then Tolkien has become much more famous and you expect them to check every Tolkien book that comes in there...)

Still this signed Smith was found there a year ago. So one advise, if you ever go to Oxford. Always go in the Oxfam store to see if anything 'special' is there.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:28


Bloomsbury Book Auction on 30 October 2008
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Bloomsbury has the following items coming up in their sale "Important Manuscripts, Printed Books and Original Artwork" on 30 October 2008.

http://www.bloomsburyauctions.com

Viewing beforehand on
Tuesday 28th October from 9.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 29th October from 9.30am-8.00pm
Thursday 30th October from 9.30am-12.30pm

83. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, first impression, frontispiece, plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, original decorative cloth, slight shelf-lean, dust-jacket with ms. correction on lower inside flap, spine very slightly darkened, fraying to spine ends with minor loss, a few very minor chips, slight loss to foot of upper panel near spine, insect damage partly affecting fore-edge joints and edges of inner flaps, ink signature on upper inside flap, 8vo, 1937.
Estimate: £6000 - £8000
***Despite the defects mentioned, this is still a very good example of the dust-jacket with both panels and spine bright..


84. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III third state with sagging text and printed ‘4’ on p.49, maps, ink name on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol.I with closed tear ascending from spine onto upper panel and ink flecking to foot of upper panel, vol.I & III with small closed split at foot of spines, rubbed at lower corners, slightly frayed and creased at spine ends, light surface marking, overall an attractive set, 8vo, 1954-55.
Estimate: £6000 - £8000
***Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, the inspiration and template for many subsequent writers within the fantasy genre..

Posted on: 2008/10/25 21:57
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