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A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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OK, so I may be biased because it's mine, but I just started a blog on collecting Tolkien: http://collectingtolkien.blogspot.com

I only started collecting seriously this month(!) but I am buying books every month, and already have a half dozen titles (going to add the rest over the next week or so).

My plan is to do something I don't currently see on the net: provide lots of pics of books, and 500 words or so on the book itself - what makes it different to others, a bit about its history etc. Currently I'm having to go to a few different places to get all of this info.

Anyway, please consider adding yourself as a 'follower', as this will be a blog that gets regularly updated for a long time to come!

Thanks

Andrew

Posted on: 2010/8/1 11:41


Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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I picked up my harper collins set book by book, as they were released (all from Amazon UK. So, I don't have the all inclusive slipcase, but all the books are individually slipped anyway. It's a pretty attractive set on the shelf and Tales from the Perilous Realm and Sigurd and Gudrun are available in this format. This makes it the most comprehensive (nearly) matching set of Deluxe Editions you can put together. I agree that the HC price on their website is too high, but you can piece the set together from various other places. Keep an eye on ebay for the less popular titles, as I have seen some of them go for pretty cheap (CoH, TftPR, S&G, and even the Sil).

It is unfortunate that first printings will be difficult to come by for the Hobbit and LotR, but I question the investment potential of these editions anyway. I like them on my shelf, or in my hands, not in my closet waiting for the value to increase. This is simply an attractive, well constructed (sewn binding) reader set, that I expect to endure the test of time. Until the publishers decide to produce truly limited editions (of only 100, maybe 200 copies), I don't expect any new editions to be a great financial investment. The Super Deluxe Children of Hurin is close to being there, but the Super Sigurd is nowhere near.

Posted on: 2010/7/30 6:24


Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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(I know I already mentioned this to you bruffyboy...) While the HarperCollins J. R. R. Tolkien Collection is a nice slipcased collection, it is now not in it's first release format; if you care about this.

According to Beren, who I would think was informed by the publishers, only about 50 of the '1 of 500' actually had the original impression combination: all 1st impressions, LotRs 2nd impression. The remaining assembled sets (of 500) all had a 3rd impression of LotRs. Additionally these were all sold out (--which as I think about it, actually sounds quite unlikely, but...) The sets now on sale are more than likely another 500; only CoH and The Silmarillion are likely to be 1st impressions. The Hobbit is likely a 3rd imp. or later; LotRs 4th or 5th imp.

£140 was a very good deal at the time. Unfortunately most people probably had all the books anyway...

BH

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Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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Thanks for the input. As it happens, I just bought a 2002 set of LOTR folio editions on eBay for an amazing £32 plus postage, largely due (I think) to a listing error in the title. I then snapped up the hobbit for a tenner so I've only got the silmarillion to go!

As for the Tolkien deluxe set, I've decided to get it book by book from thebookdepositry.co.uk where it will cost just £140. I've ordered LOTR but will have to wait for more funds before I get the rest! Obviously no slipcase but for £60 I can live with that, and since I plan on getting the further deluxe editions, it wouldn't sit right on my shelf in a slipcase anyway!

From Sept (when my new promotion kicks in) I will have £200 a month to devote to Tolkien books, so give me a year or so guys and I should have some niceities to share with you all!

Posted on: 2010/7/30 2:00


Re: What do people think of this item
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A copy of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, described as with Tolkien's signature in the bottom margin of the frontispiece plate, is to be offered by PBA Galleries of San Francisco on August 5th. The online catalogue page is here. The date is said to be '[1960]', but as the list of works includes The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it can't be earlier than 1963. The dust-jacket is labeled the fourteenth impression, which also points to 1963. The web images enlarge only so far, but enough to see that the 'J.R.R. Tolkien' signature is in blue ink and has certain questionable characteristics of script. The house estimate is $5,000-8,000. Wayne & Christina


It certainly is questionable especially when you see who it was bought from on eBay.

For sale is a first US edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This copy dates to the 1950 and is the 14th printing. It has its original dust jack which apart from some minor chips is in pretty good shale. There is an ownership inscription on the inside flyleaf but other than that is devoid of internal markings. The picture at the beginning of the book is signed 'J.R.R. Tolkien' with fountain pen. This page appears to have been inserted and was perhaps sent to Tolkien to be signed. There is no provenance with this item and as I am not a dealer there is no certificate of authenticity issued. I am starting this item at a low reserve and will allow the bidding to dictate the value of the book. Postage within Canada by insured mail is $20.00 Shipping by insured trackable airmail $25.00 to the US.. Other destinations will be charged postage at cost. Payment due within 3 days of sale. Payment by Paypal only. All sales final. No returns.

Please see my other items listed for sale including a 1932 limited first edition of Brave New World signed by Aldous Huxley and other signed items.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200480907435

EDIT: PBA Galleries have withdrawn the item from the current auction.

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