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Lord of the Rings + Reader's Companion Set
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I have the recent 4-hardback LoTR + Reader's Companion 60th Anniversary boxed set. I've been looking for the 50th Anniversary set for some time. I know it's been stated in a forum here before that the 50th set isn't all that rare, though I only see a couple a year on Ebay and elsewhere. If anyone is selling, let me know.

Anyway, my question is: are the boxes from the 50th and 60th Anniversary sets identical? I know the books are different, but I'm wondering about the box.

Posted on: 2014/8/24 20:27


Re: Number Line Question
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Well...case closed. Rather than swallow his pride and enjoy his first editions (bought at rather reasonable prices), the buyer, aneythang55, decided to close the case and leave me poor feedback:

"Unable to resolve problems-sends site links rather than accept your disatisfact"

The link I sent him was to this forum (and some other reputable sites explaining number lines before that). Of course I had explained exactly what you all confirmed before that. To all this he said:

"I know what I know. There are many people in the world, and we can always find someone to agree with our point of view. 10 numbers is a full number line. That is that. Your book has 9 numbers on the line. I will not argue the issue any further."

Earlier he had sent me this gem:

"10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (full print line) 10 9 8 7 6 (printing) 1 2 3 4 (sub 6) 2 6 5 9 10 1 3 4 7 8 10 9 8 7 (6- 10 = 4#s left on line) The print line is the first 10 #s regardless of order (see line 4). The print line is reduced by the # of the book’s printing. For example, 6th book print, the # line is reduced by the # of printings, 6th-10=-4(# left on the line). It is not the 6th print bec of the lowest #. THE ORDER OF THE #S DOES NOT MATTER. The print line is reduced by increments of one, as is the # number of printings. The first printing is A FULL #LINE. The Roverandom book has 9 #s left in the line. The book has had 1 printing. .. SUBTRACT 1 (first printing)-10= -9 or 9+1(1st printing)=10(full # line). Therefore, the 2nd print. Next subtract 2(there has been print 1 and Print 2) 2-10= -8(#s left) or 8+2 10 (full line) which make it the 3rd print. The 7th print, 7-10=-3 … 9th print, reduce the # line by 9. 9-10= -1. The 10th print, 10-10=0. The first 10 printings."

Such dazzling equations!

So Mr. aneythang55 unhappily has his first editions and I have my poor feedback. Perhaps I should have let him return them, but why should I have to pay even extra postage for selling EXACTLY what I described. Ah, Ebay...

Posted on: 2014/8/7 8:57


Re: Number Line Question
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The same buyer also was also unconvinced about a copy of the 2012 HC Hobbit Collector's Edition that I sold him. I'm quite sure it's a first printing as later impressions have an indication beneath the "Collector's Edition published by..." line on the copyright page. Is this correct? Page is attached.

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Posted on: 2014/8/6 9:18


Number Line Question
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I recently sold a copy of the 1998 First Edition Hardback of Roverandom (ISBN 0261103539) on Ebay. I described it as a first printing because it had the number line: 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2. I'm not a super experienced collector, but I was under the impression that this signified a first printing because of the 1. I know that most number lines go to 10 and are often in ascending or descending sequence, but I also know there are many variations among publishers. The reason I ask is that the buyer is convinced that it is not a first printing because of the absence of 10. He's insisting that a book with anything less than 10 numbers in the number line is not a first printing. This doesn't make sense to me when I look at another HC book with the number line 7 9 8 6. Why remove "10" and then 1-5? Perhaps I'm just too much of a novice. I don't have the Hammond Bibliography. Could someone enlighten me? Did I sell a first printing or not?

Posted on: 2014/8/6 9:01


2005 Calendar signed by Priscilla Tolkien
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I'm not a calendar collector, but I ordered some books from Ebay a while back and included was an interesting item. It's a 2005 50th Anniversary Calendar signed by Priscilla Tolkien. It's inscribed: "For Pieter Willem With best wishes from Priscilla Tolkien" and includes a letter from Jan-Stefan van der Walt to the recipient (the calendar was a wedding gift apparently). It seems from what I've found online that the van der Walt family maintained Tolkien's father's grave in South Africa and assisted the Tolkien family in celebrating Tolkien's 100th birthday in Bloemfontein.

The condition is very good - there a few slight bends and a few light scuffs on the back. I have no particular attachment to the item and am interested in selling it. Any thoughts on value?

Posted on: 2014/5/14 15:38



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