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Re: Super Deluxe values
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One of my wife's old business professor's commentary on value -

"If someone says, 'I own a million dollar house,' I say, 'show me someone who will pay you a million dollars for your house right now.' That is the only time you truly have a million dollar house. If you can only find someone willing to pay you $500,000, then in actuality you own a $500,000 house."

This is one of the things that always stands out in my mind when it comes to investment valuation and assessing risk. And, yes, while I occasionally purchase books just because I really want them and never intend on them leaving my collection, I usually approach book purchases with investment potential in mind. I never expect to make big bucks or have any sort of business success through book collecting (although it would be a fun career!), but I do like to know that if I come across something special that I can't pass up, I can recover some capital by selling a few other books.

There was a point in time when my collection was growing rapidly and I was accumulating books like you read about (nice pun, eh?). Over time, and with financial and space constraints, my approach has evolved. Now my collection generally sees a good amount of ebb and flow. I only own a small handful of (sentimental) things, with which I am unwilling to part. I find that this approach has allowed me to own (even if for only a short time) a great variety of books, to become more knowledgeable as a collector, and still satisfy an appetite for buying more books!

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Re: Your bookshelf
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"I want that one, third from the bottom"
"what...."

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Re: Signed 1968 UK Paperback LOTR
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We have seen many examples of these paperbacks... they all are very similar. These signed books all went to personal of Allen & Unwin and very close relatives. So I don't see it as some kind of booksigning event, more as a big thank you to the company that published his books (and had sooo much patience with him).

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Signed 1968 UK Paperback LOTR
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3 October 1968 Martin Blackman, Allen & Unwin home trade manager, brings to the Hotel Miramar at about 11.00 a.m. one hundred copies of the paperback Lord of the Rings for Tolkien to sign.

The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (page 733) by Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond


I was always under the impression that Tolkien did not do any book signings like modern authors but thanks to Wayne & Christina I now know that he did at least one.

Does anyone know anymore about these books and the use that they were put to by GA&U? I have heard that they were given to staff.

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Re: Your bookshelf
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If you don't have enough shelf-space, you can always try this US dealer's innovative approach.

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I found some more pictures of this bookstore (The Derby Square Bookstore, Salem MA) and an interesting quote

Last place you would want to be in an Earthquake


http://www.flickr.com/photos/reallyst ... 99652917/with/1097283976/ (last half of the pictures)

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