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Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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Wayne has already answered this point in The Descriptive Bibliography page 220

The first print order was for 100,000 copies. By the end of May 1977 booksellers' orders included 65,000 from overseas, and the print run was increased to 300,000. Later the order was raised to 325,000, and in September to 375,000. Several firms were commissioned to print the book, at one time four printers, working in blocks of 50,000 copies, to insure against a feared industrial action stopping production.


Each firm printed a different impression number in the book, (Clowes & Billings both printed first impressions). They were pretty much all printed at the same time, apart from William Clowes' printed copies which were in three distinct printings and two different impressions (first and second).

One mystery which has been discussed before on the forum is about the third impression. It does not appear to exist.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 9:57

Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/15 11:07:56
Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/15 11:38:44


Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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The copy of the Silmarillion in my Tolkien Library is the 4th impression. I think the key point is that the books in this boxset are all published in 1978 so you would not expect to find a 2nd impression (1977 printing) in this book. I think Khamul may be right and it is not the original copy.

Posted on: 2010/7/14 21:15


Re: The wonders of eBay
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I have loads of Silmarillion's that Mr Tolkein could sign, does he make house calls when not attending conventions.

Posted on: 2010/7/13 11:56


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Well I don't think anyone here is qualified to argue with an Abebooks valuation

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Silmarillion-Tr ... ks_UK&hash=item3caf0dcd45

and of course, I didn't know this but

This book will only ever increase in value. If you take it to a tolkein convention, of which there are many up and down the country each year, you can usually get them signed by Christopher Tolkein, This almost automatically doubles the value.

Posted on: 2010/7/13 11:34


Re: UK HOME Hardback Reissues
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I can't agree with David Brawn's comments that "a production problem resulted in the heights of the three volumes being marginally different". The books vary considerably in width and height between the three editions.

It would have been very difficult to make a slipcase that housed the three books, you would have needed some sort of padding to stop the books falling out.

I love to see some examples of these.

Posted on: 2010/7/10 2:45



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