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Anyone with a few shillings to spare [World's most expensive books]
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If you fancy branching out from Tolkien books, how about some of these books and ephemera at Sotheby's London in December.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesig ... s-books-sale-lord-hesketh

Tolkien may get the same prices in 4-500 years time

Posted on: 2010/9/10 10:27

Edited by Khamul on 2011/1/9 12:09:18


Re: lucky finds
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I'm happy to double your money if you want to sell.

That's a very good purchase for £5

I bought all of these items on eBay for £20 (free postage), extremely poor listing, all first printings of these particular printings, with dust-jackets in case anyone asks.

http://web.archive.org/web/2007011110 ... _hobbit_-_1991-1998_2.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2006091118 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_3.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2007011110 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_4.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2006091817 ... volumes_-_1991-1996_5.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/2007081814 ... t/html/silmarillion_5.htm

I was very pleased with "The Silmarillion", but getting these copies of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" was a bonus

Posted on: 2010/9/9 10:46

Edited by Trotter on 2010/9/9 11:17:46
Edited by Trotter on 2010/9/9 11:20:27
Edited by Trotter on 2010/9/9 11:22:20
Edited by Trotter on 2010/9/9 11:34:35


Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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I agree these are my favourite Folio editions of "The Lord of the Rings"

The books state they are bound in "Elephant Hide", anyone have any ideas what this means?

Posted on: 2010/9/8 11:56


Re: Essais de Philologie Moderne (1951)
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I think the correct term is "untrimmed", most modern books are made of octavo sheets (8vo) which were trimmed at the top.

Wikipedia Octavo (abbreviated 8vo or 8°) is a technical term describing the format of a book, which refers to the size of leaves produced from folding a full sheet of paper on which multiple pages of text were printed to form the individual sections (or gatherings) of a book. An octavo is a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which 16 pages of text were printed, which were then folded three times to produce eight leaves. Each leaf of an octavo book thus represents one eighth the size of the original sheet.


Most modern books are still described as "8vo" even if they have nothing to do with the above description in the way they are currently printed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavo

Some US books were not trimmed (do not know why), and it looks like these were also not trimmed properly, not ideal for a reader as it is impossible to read without trimming the top.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 11:39


Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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For under £100 this is not bad as well.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lord-Rings-Tolk ... ction&hash=item3a5e79d01a

For a second impression it is pretty good.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 11:13



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