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Happy New Year, All!

Updated the Calendar of the Month on my website:

www.angelfire.com/tn3/tolkiencalendars

Hope you enjoy this one (a current favorite!) At the risk of spoiling the surprise but with the ability to favor those awaiting their copy of the HI calendar (and perhaps entice a few more orders), it is the 2008 Heren Istarion calendar in all its glory (illustrations and calendar pages alike!)

Away from The Green Hill Country,

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Posted on: 2008/1/8 19:58
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Re: Heren Istarion calendar
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When did you place your order?

I sent out the first printing on Monday, 17 December. I know that René/Tolkienwinkel received his in only three days and that Colin Williams in Australia received his in good condition. You most certainly should have received yours by now. If you have not, I PERSONALLY guarantee that you will get one and at no additional cost to you. Just let me know who you are via the email address on my website and I will take care of it.

If you ordered subsequent to that, I got a new list of orders from Jessie at HI last week. My daughter is printing 30 more this week and I will assuredly be sending them out as soon as I can get them from her. These will most likely (with my work schedule and having to address and post them all) go out on Saturday morning.

We are printing these somewhat on demand to minimize cost/maximize return to HI. To minimize the number of printings that my daughter does, we are doing one when we have enough orders to justify the effort. Also, Malcolm at the Tolkien Society UK had expressed interest in ordering some for their members. However, he has not followed up on it and that caused us to hold off a bit longer than we would have wished while he made up his mind. Sorry for the delay.

There should be no such issues next year. I have already lined up two illustrators for a 2009 calendar. Thus, I am about 10 months ahead of this year's project which was suggested only late in October and mailed on 17 December. I am nevertheless pleased with the result and perhaps most particularly so because of the relatively short time it took to bring it to fruition. My hat is off to Ted and Jef and Megan for their efforts to get this done and with such quality in so short a time.

In any case, thank you both for your patience and your support of HI. Jessie and Anthony do a very good job with that society and I am pleased to have had some role in this project to support their efforts. Besides it has been more fun than I could have imagined.

Please contact me at ANY time with any questions or comments or (especially) complaints. Your good will is worth more than any calendar could ever be (even one as good as this one!)

Away from The Green Hill Country,

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Posted on: 2008/1/8 19:48
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Hi Tom -

Deagol is correct. Once a price guide is published it is almost immediately out of date. In the end, an item is worth what a buyer and seller agree upon. In the end, you may be willing to pay more than someone else and think it a bargain because you wanted it so much.

I am not trying to rub salt in your wound, but I noted that you bid on an unopened boxed set of paperbacks today and lost out in the end. That happened because (1) you set a limit (decided beforehand what it was worth at a maximum to you) and (2) exhibited some patience. You can ALWAYS get caught up in an auction and overpay. I know this from costly experience!

My advice would be to keep a log of items that you have bid on and lost. It will give you an idea of what it took to win it last time when it comes up again. Make a list of items that you would like to collect and monitor eBay auctions (even if you don't bid on them), check out Amazon.com and other on-line booksellers, and ask the experts here. Soon you will have a good idea of what is rare and what is not, what is a fair price (and what you may wish to bid) and how much is too much (especially for minimum bids or Buy It Now prices). Believe me, many items are described by sellers as rare (and priced accordingly!) when they are not.

Good luck and good hunting!

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Posted on: 2008/1/8 19:26
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Re: Blank / Dummy Silmarillions
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Variant 3 is totally blank except for the map.

The reason the map positioning makes it likely to be a Clowes book rather than a Billing copy is that in the Clowes 1st Impression the map is on the left hand page while the Billings 1st Impression (and all later impressions) had the map bound in the other way round as the right hand page.

These three bibliography entries record the map facing an odd page number for the Dummy and Clowes 'Export' Editions, and facing an even page number for the Billing 'Domestic' Edition and later impressions:

Dummy
Export
Domestic

I guess the people buying the Folio copies aren't 'hardcore' collectors and just want a good looking set of books. The Folio editions fit in nicely (price-wise) between trade hardback editions and the various HC deluxe editions.

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Re: Heren Istarion calendar
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Still waiting for mine too...

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