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Re: Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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>What about if the author was quite happy for you to do this?

Then by my personal standards it would be entirely appropriate for that particular piece of paper to be used as a tipped in signature (I also have a facsimilie of the note that you linked to -- booksellers seem to like providing it as a bookmark). However, the vast majority of tipped in signatures were not intended for that purpose, and indeed the one in question doesn't appear to have been intended for that.

As always, the owner is entitled to do whatever they want with it, it just isn't what I would do, and seems [to me] to be pointless to make two original things less original by sticking them together.

That the market apparently values the two items glued together more highly than the two items in their original form seems like a type of madness.

But each to their own.

Stu

Posted on: 2008/12/24 1:29


Re: Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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What about if the author was quite happy for you to do this?

http://www.hobbit.ca/UK111e-signed.jpg

'If you would like a signature for "The Lord of the Rings" you can stick this in with my good wishes.

J.R.R. Tolkien 20/6/73"

As an aside does anyone know who this frequently copied letter was originally sent to, as I have a copy and it would be very interesting to know.

Happy Xmas.

Andrew

Posted on: 2008/12/23 22:41


Re: TolkienGuide in 2008...
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Yep, I would like to second that. I really appreciate the informed discussion on this site, and thanks to all that contribute (and of course to Rowns for making it all available).

Of course my fiancee would like to see this site and every other site associated with Tolkien (or arms and armour) closed down immediately, as that would save her endlessly lambasting me for being "on the interwebs again". :)

Cheers
Stu

Posted on: 2008/12/23 17:09


TolkienGuide in 2008...
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You (Rowns) should really be writing a little piece here, summarising the highs and lows (if that's really how one might describe anything involving book collecting) on TolkienGuide this year!

But seriously; just wanted to say I've really enjoyed the forum this year. I think the volume (and quality!) of discussion has been far higher than in previous years. It seems to be a real community at present (dear me, that sounds corny...); long may it continue! (...to brighten up my otherwise dull existence!)

Think this is me signing off 'til the New Year. Hope everyone has a merry festive season. Roll on 2009!

BH

Posted on: 2008/12/23 15:32
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Re: Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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Another book spoiled in the name of making a fast dollar. If the author physically signs the pages of a book, then that's fine by me - it's what the author intended to do, but when a piece of unrelated paper is chopped up and glued into said book long after the fact, then that's just vandalism.

I really just wish people would get over the fascination with signatures (really, someone signing their name isn't that impressive a thing in the grand scheme of things). JRRT had various variants of nice-looking signature to be sure, but when these start trading in the thousands of dollars and being used as paste-ins to bump up the price of the books (i.e. the real works), something is wrong, and it's our fault for buying them...

Bah, humbug, etc.

Stu

PS. Merry Time Off Work (if you are lucky enough to not be working).

Posted on: 2008/12/23 15:29



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