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Amon Hen plea
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Hi all,

I have added most of the Amon Hen contents that I have in hand or accessible to the Fanzine section. Is there anyone out there willing to either help me fill in the missing issue contents (the red links on the Amon Hen page), send me a scan of the contents page so I can do it (this would only work for the later issues that have a TOC, the early issues don't), or line me up with buying the missing issues? I don't have much of a budget for buying more right now, so I am hoping more the first two options but will consider any leads useful. Thanks!

http://www.TolkienGuide.com/AmonHen/


For the art already included, I have permission from the TS. They are still working on getting permission for the earlier issues, so I don't need any cover scans at this time - I may get in touch with issue owners somewhere down the line when permission comes through, though.

Posted on: 2008/4/23 0:45
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Collector burnout discussion
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Skwish mentioned in another thread that she was going through a patch of burnout in Tolkien collecting. In addition to the attached poll, I'd love to hear various comments and thoughts on this topic here.

From my personal perspective - every interest waxes and wanes over the years, and Tolkien collecting is a passion that takes a long, long time and a lot of dedicated effort. It is also an endless field - I firmly believe that there is no possible way to have everything (just ask Wayne and Christina)). I find when I get a bit overwhelmed with a particular field of interest that something else pops up - thus the sporadic updates to various areas of the Guide (puzzles, fanzines, etc.) Would love to have additional contributors for their own areas of interest!

But just from sheer overwhelming quantity - I can certainly understand someone hitting a patch of burnout. I have also gone through patches of spousal burnout ("and just where do you plan to put this latest box of smelly old papers?") but somehow we always manage to pull through.

Posted on: 2008/4/22 22:37
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Re: History of Middle Earth
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Hi Skwish and Khamul,

I'll address the US book collecting here (and start another thread on burnout, good idea!)

In 1982 Richard E. Blackwelder donated to the Marquette library his essentially complete collection of Ballantine paperbacks (every printing up to that point.) It took significant effort (time and money) for him to do this, and was a very significant accomplishment. It has been hailed in multiple venues as an essential tool of research for those interested in textual drift, etc.

However, in today's market, where transparency (being able to see what even obscure/rare items are bought and sold for) is the norm to the point of completely killing many marketplaces, I firmly believe that an astute shopper on eBay could put together a complete run such as the Blackwelder one in about 6 months just by emailing every paperback seller and asking them to tell you what printing is indicated on the copyright page. For a dollar a book or so, plus shipping, a full set could be put together. And it would have essentially no value in the collectibles marketplace - there's probably three people out there who want to have 20 linear feet of shelf space taken up by three books over and over again.

Then again, I have had no trouble finding nice copies of various early printings and finding happy homes for them - there are plenty of collectors out there who want a set from a particular year (when they were born, when they first read the books, when they were married, whatever) so there is still a modicum of a market for them.

I do agree with Skwish saying that the US book market is very different from the UK one - I'm still waiting for a super deluxe anything from Houghton Mifflin. That red single volume LOTR (that has been in print from 1974 until 2004) doesn't count....

But still, there's a place for the TCG to document US editions in some form, just like there is a place for them to be documented at http://www.tolkienguide.us . I am working on it now, and with the cooperation of Deagol will be providing linkages to his data on the UK editions as his site is the best destination for all that. The more sources for information, in various formats, the better for the collector.

Posted on: 2008/4/22 22:23
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Re: J. R. R. Tolkien Books
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Hi timsgirl,

I'll answer assuming that you have US 2nd edition sets (since Khamul did an excellent job answering if you have the UK set).

Are these the Orange/Red/Purple dustjacketed sets pictured below?

If they are first impressions (have a full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on the copyright page) then they can have reasonable value - a few hundred dollars for VG/VG shape. They have a significant chance of being later impressions, or book club editions (no price on the dustjacket, no number line on the copyright page) in which case they don't have significant value - there are uncountable numbers of those available on the market at any given time.

If you want more information, send me some pics of the books and copyright pages and we can tell you what you have.

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Posted on: 2008/4/22 22:04
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Re: #1 Super Deluxe Children of Hurin for sale
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I got number 3, and I am pretty sure from the transaction ID on my purchase that I was probably the second transaction in line (and if I hadn't farted around for 15 minutes, I would have probably been first and snagged number 1 myself!). I think 1 and 2 were probably just sold as a pair to a regular punter like me, rather than having gone to anyone 'special' (well, 'famous', anyway).

I personally think the numbers don't make a whole lot of difference (especially as these books are not exactly in short supply!), but hey, maybe it does matter to some people... :)

Stu (Metapraxis)

Posted on: 2008/4/22 2:41



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