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Re: Anyone see the value in this eBay auction?
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I am not 100% sure of the Priority. Deagol may have a better idea. I would guess that the 250 Limited Numbered Run was the real First Printing.

The reason being is that a few years ago, Wim had one of the 50 Print Run for sale which I tried to purchase. But upon ordering, he informed me that about moving and losing the booklets. That was sometime in 2005 I think. So I would guess that the 250 Print Run is the First Run as the last ones available for sale (before the current 100 run) was from the 50 print run. Hope that makes sense!!! But as I mentioned, I may not be 100% correct. I am using a bit of guesswork.

I would be pretty certain that the one on Ebay was from the latest print run of 100 copies and indeed a rare mistake by dunedain8.

Still, it is a great item for those interested in the Publication History of Tolkien/The Lord of the Rings.

Posted on: 2008/2/9 7:37


Re: Anyone see the value in this eBay auction?
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Thanks for that remy. Well, don't I feel a fool! I was very much one of the confused bidders!

I personally wondered at the lack of 'limited' claim in most of the ABE & Amazon items I pointed out. However if this copy (the Ebay one) was indeed one of the numbered (of 250) copies, it seems unlikely the seller would positively state that their copy was 1 of 100 (... I think...); unless of course they had missed that mention at the back and were referencing from elsewhere.

So are you saying the priority was...
1 of 50; probably all lost
1 of 250; clearly marked as such
1 of 100; not indicated


Assuming the one sold was (as stated) 1 of 100, that would be the same variant/printing that Thornton's are currently listing (which their not really listing anymore, as I just bought it) for £6.

Hmmm... I clearly just bought the latest printing then. Nice content all the same. Still think dunedain8 was stung if the listing is accurate though... Although I clearly have no clue as to what I'm talking about in respect to this publication...

BH

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Re: Anyone see the value in this eBay auction?
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I think this was just a bit of a mis-understanding / confusion on behalf of a few bidders.

As such, this is not quite a limited edition of 100 copies (There were one or two previous 'Limited' Editions). Thorton's are actually the publishers (Wim Meeuws) and the booklet is currently 'in print' and available.

I believe there were two other limited edition print runs (One being 250 copies and the other 50). I am not sure which was the first print run (possibly the 250 print run).

The current print run of 100 copies is not numbered. The earlier 250 print run is numbered on the back cover. I don't have one from the print run of 50 copies (if this exists - I belive from a previous conversation with Wim, that some/most/all of these may have been lost when he moved).

If the final bid were for a copy of the Numbered 250 Copy Limited Run, it may indeed reflect an appropriate price. I did see another copy (of the 250 print run) sell for somewhere around £60 last year on Ebay.

I hope I have most of the above information correct (not 100% on all of it, but I think it is mostly right).

Posted on: 2008/2/9 5:24


Re: Anyone see the value in this eBay auction?
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Okay, here's another one...

The Making of Lord of the Rings Rayner Unwin 1 of 100
Item number: 160203238326


Finished a week or so ago. dunedain8 took it for $83.77 (~£43)!! I don't understand this either. A quick look in bookfinder.com reveals four copies available; all <$42 (Thornton's copy ~$12!!).

So whether its worth $80 odd or not; you can buy it on ABE or Amazon for ~$40 And more than likely you buy from a dealer who actually sells books for a living...

BH

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Thanks for the link! It was also interesting (to me of limited budget right now) that there are some less pricey but still interesting items for sale. I like the photo of JRRT taken by Michael and signed by Priscilla (believed to be the last photo ever taken of the Professor.)

Posted on: 2008/2/8 15:20
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