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Re: The wonders of eBay
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"And with all the photo's, they still don't show the most important part of the copyright page ... Billing or Clowes?" - the top edge is blue - so I'd guess it's Billings. (The Clowes copies are unstained) Btw - Trotter - can I ask, what was the rare item you just bought?


It could be a Clowes copy as the first variant of the Clowes Edition is stained, but I expect it to be the much more common Billings, and I am also sure that he would have charged £700 for a perfect Clowes

The book that I just bought is the 1992 Unfinished Tales discussed in this post http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=1043&forum=9

Posted on: 2009/2/18 22:22


Re: CoH Bookplates from UK Waterstones Launch: Quality?
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It was very regimented, when you went into the store they (Harper-Collins staff and Waterstone's staff) asked which books you wanted to buy (people early in the queue could get two books), I got both editions. You then queued to see Alan Lee who signed the book, you then went to the checkout.

Waterstones were discounting the books on that day as well, have checked the receipt and my copy of the Trade edition signed by Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee was £15 (reduced from £18.99)

Originally only the first 50 copies of the Trade Edition were meant to have the book-plate but this was overturned on the day, which is good as it enabled me to get the Deluxe Edition as well.

I left at about 1pm, having got up at 3am to get there so did not see Bernard Hill at all, no huge loss to me as he has nothing to do with the books. I did see Alan Lee, David Brawn and Adam Tolkien though but have no idea how many editions they signed.

I suspect that Adam did not sign many, as he did seem uncomfortable at the event, he said very little in the Q&A, most of the questions were answered by Alan & David. I got into trouble as I asked most of the questions. He did not look keen to sign bookplates.

Posted on: 2009/2/17 12:26


Re: Is there no consistancy in Hardcovers?
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I agree, he is guilty of providing a fantastic resource for any UK Tolkien book collector like me.

I shudder to think of how much cash I would not have spent on Tolkien books if his superb site did not exist to show me which editions I don't own

Posted on: 2009/2/17 11:51


Hobbit on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’
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"Last night I was watching ‘The Antiques Roadshow’, a long-running TV programme on the BBC in the UK. It involves members of the public bringing antiques and so on to show to experts, in order to get more information about them, and a valuation. Those of you in the UK can see the programme on the BBC’s iPlayer for the next five or six days, here.The interesting bit is about 35 minutes 45 seconds into the programme. For those of you who can’t view iPlayer, I’ll give you a rundown. A lady had brought in her copy of ‘The Hobbit’, a first edition from 1937. In about 1940-41, she had lent the book to a friend. She forgot who she’d lent it to, and her friend forgot who she’d borrowed if from, presumably not thinking to look inside the fly-leaf, where the owner’s name was written.

Last year this lady was visiting another friend in Beverley, Yorkshire, and her friend said, “I’ve had a call from Edwina’s daughter. She asked if we’d like to go over and have coffee with her.” Edwina being a friend who had died in the 1970s.

Off the two ladies went, and once they were settled, Edwina’s daughter went out and returned with a bag. She took out the copy of ‘The Hobbit’, saying, “I promised myself if you ever came over, I’d give this back to you.”

The lady in the programme was very pleased to have the book back after sixty-odd years. She was also fairly happy when the expert told her that, at auction, it would fetch between £2,000 and £3,000."

From theonering.net

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2009/ ... on-the-antiques-roadshow/

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Posted on: 2009/2/16 22:49


The Wonders of...
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Having just spent a lot of money on what I think is a rare item, eBay often comes up trumps with what can only be described as What????

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/50th-Anniversar ... |65%3A3|39%3A1|240%3A1318

Posted on: 2009/2/16 12:25

Edited by Khamul on 2011/1/9 11:57:00
Edited by Trotter on 2013/1/10 1:38:54



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