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News is up and running, feel free to submit stories!
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I am going to try and keep the News section related to public stories and press releases that seem to pertain to collecting Tolkien, and keep the website "news" to the message board.

Anyone can submit news stories (either send a link or something to me to write up, or use the submit news link from the news page). Beren already gave it a try (and I apologize to him for it taking so long to get the submission process smoothed out.) All looks good now.

Feedback welcome.

Thanks!
Jeremy

Posted on: 2006/6/7 14:13

Edited by Rowns on 2006/6/7 14:47:51


Should TolkienGuide track completed eBay auctions?
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Sometimes eBay auctions are the only recent price guidance for scarce Tolkien items. I personally try to keep a list of items I haven't seen in a while, so I have some idea what people are willing to pay. Would it be useful to have this kind of database available publically? It could take a lot of storage down the line, so it might require ad support or possibly a small subscription fee (after people have used it for a while and see if it is worthwhile.)

Posted on: 2006/6/7 11:40

Edited by Rowns on 2006/6/7 12:10:27
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Re: Tolkien & Baynes
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Haven't heard of the towel, interesting find.

Hammond (I wrote a long response and the board ate it, grrr, so now I am winging from memory) in Eii4 says the Baynes poster had 50 copies made marked as private press, 7500 copies made on normal paper (I forget the paper type, he is specific), and an unspecified number on glossy paper. An unknown number (possibly 0, Hammond never saw one) were also printed with Ballantine Books printed on the bottom and sent to the USA. Hammond also says that an unknown number were signed by Tolkien (with a water based ink so some smeared). No mention of Baynes signing them is made. Hammond's source is a GA&U memo circa 1970, so perhaps Deagol will find out more information during his research.

The Tolkienalia list from Beyond Bree (1992) does not mention any signed copies, but it's a sporadic source (great info on what it does list, but it is by no means a complete list).

Did Pauline do any special illustrations for Amon Hen or Mallorn issues (i.e. not just reprints of illustrations that appear elsewhere)?

Posted on: 2006/6/6 10:06
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Re: The History of the Hobbit
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I've added what I know to the Calendar section (main menu on the left) for this book. Just started playing with the Calendar last night, so let me know what I might be able to do to improve it.

Here's a quick link straight to the book in question:

The History of the Hobbit

Posted on: 2006/6/6 9:11


Re: Tolkien & Baynes
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There's a puzzle for the first one as well (The Map of Middle-earth).

Bilbo's Last Song (the poster) is actually the true first edition for that Tolkien poem. I don't have my Hammond at this computer to give the reference, but I thought that was an interesting tidbit.

There was a deluxe LOTR boxed set from Ballantine in the early 70's (larger trade paperback format) that had full color Baynes illustrations on each cover, and the Map on the box.

Jeremy

Posted on: 2006/6/5 14:28



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