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Re: What a bargain
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I would be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt that it is a mistake, as this looks like an automated listing by computer and it looks like they messed up big time when they put all these items on eBay. (I think they should have been $10, but the computer multiplied every items price by 100).

http://shop.ebay.com/qugelmatic/m.htm ... p3911.c0.m14&_sop=3&_sc=1

Posted on: 2009/12/1 23:15


What a bargain
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Somewhat slightly more expensive than Amazon but at least you get free shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tolkien-Diary-201 ... Books?hash=item2a03050599


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Posted on: 2009/11/30 22:58


Re: R R Auction Tolkien Letter
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The guarantee from RR Auctions is exactly the sort of thing you would not get from sellers of "dubious" items like the "Higgins" letter.

This letter has all the correct points that are missing from items like the "Higgins" letters

1 - It is typed by someone who knew how to type (Tolkien clearly did know how to type as he stated that he typed the LOTR out twice). The "Higgins" style letters appear to have been done by somebody who is not proficient at typing on a typewriter, like most people today. As they struggle with using a typewriter they write short messages.

2 - This is the sort of letter that Tolkien would have typed and signed. I think it would have been quicker to type than to write by hand, unlike the "Higgins" letters which if real would have been handwritten.

3 - It is possible to check the details in the letter with the parties concerned, you could ask the British Council about the contents or find out information about Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski. This letter does have some provenance that can be checked. There is nothing in the "Higgins" letters that can be checked even that "Higgins" ever existed.

4 - The signature looks much better. It is not in the horrible blue colour of the "Higgins" letters and even something cursory like the dots come after his initials and not before as in the recent "Higgins" letter on eBay.

I personally am completely happy with this item.

Posted on: 2009/11/25 3:14


Re: 1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Ed. Hobbit
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The book was printed by MPG Books, in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK.

All their current paper is acid-free (http://www.mpg-booksgroup.com/paper.html) but you could email then on print@mpg-books.co.uk and ask what the situtaion was in 1995-1999.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/11/20 0:21


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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These are the letters that David Miller withdrew from sale last year after problems with the text and signature.

They are remarkably similiar to the "Higgins" and "Hooper" letters and I suspect all these "letters" could all be done by the same person, and I am sure that is not Tolkien.

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Posted on: 2009/11/18 22:59



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