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Re: What do people think of this item
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A copy of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, described as with Tolkien's signature in the bottom margin of the frontispiece plate, is to be offered by PBA Galleries of San Francisco on August 5th. The online catalogue page is here. The date is said to be '[1960]', but as the list of works includes The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it can't be earlier than 1963. The dust-jacket is labeled the fourteenth impression, which also points to 1963. The web images enlarge only so far, but enough to see that the 'J.R.R. Tolkien' signature is in blue ink and has certain questionable characteristics of script. The house estimate is $5,000-8,000. Wayne & Christina


It certainly is questionable especially when you see who it was bought from on eBay.

For sale is a first US edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This copy dates to the 1950 and is the 14th printing. It has its original dust jack which apart from some minor chips is in pretty good shale. There is an ownership inscription on the inside flyleaf but other than that is devoid of internal markings. The picture at the beginning of the book is signed 'J.R.R. Tolkien' with fountain pen. This page appears to have been inserted and was perhaps sent to Tolkien to be signed. There is no provenance with this item and as I am not a dealer there is no certificate of authenticity issued. I am starting this item at a low reserve and will allow the bidding to dictate the value of the book. Postage within Canada by insured mail is $20.00 Shipping by insured trackable airmail $25.00 to the US.. Other destinations will be charged postage at cost. Payment due within 3 days of sale. Payment by Paypal only. All sales final. No returns.

Please see my other items listed for sale including a 1932 limited first edition of Brave New World signed by Aldous Huxley and other signed items.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200480907435

EDIT: PBA Galleries have withdrawn the item from the current auction.

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Posted on: 2010/7/29 21:25

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Re: A decent way to pick up the Folio editions
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The HarperCollins slip-cased The J. R. R. Tolkien Collection is nice but I can't recommend paying £200 for it, which is the current price on the website.

I bought my set when HarperCollins were offering 30% off (the set was £140), a big saving in this case.

There is a chance that this offer is likely to be available again from the website.

Andrew

Posted on: 2010/7/29 10:30


Re: What do people think of this item
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Posted on: 2010/7/25 1:13


Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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My question to Trotter, and particularly to Wayne & Christina, is: do your copies carry the original printed price? --or have they been re-priced?

My copy also has the original printed price £4.95.

One last (picky!) point to Trotter. The separate Clowes 'printings' (as you call them) are states. And, the Unwin Brothers 5th impression also had the intermediate GA&U-paper state (like Clowes); as well as the GA&U-cloth state, and the BCA copy. (Unrecorded, I'm sure for space reasons!, by Hammond...)

I was thinking more of the printing change on page 352 (italic and nonitalic and in the Ulmo entry) of the book than the difference between the headbands, and paper and cloth bindings, which is why I describe them as printings and not states.

3 printings - 1st with the and in italics, 2nd with the and not in italics and 3rd as a Second Impression.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 22:20


Re: First Printing Fellowship on Ebay
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A bit like buses two come along at once.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tolkien-Fellows ... ction&hash=item35aad530a6

I would be suspicious about this item if you intend to bid unless the seller posts a picture of the inside of the book showing publication details.

Posted on: 2010/7/15 11:54



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