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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: 8/6 9:18:05


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: 8/6 9:01:45


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: 5/14 15:38:24


Re: New Book Releases
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I believe the transparent slipcase is for the new 60th anniversary, 1-volume, Alan Lee illustrated LoTR. The new, 4-volume LoTR set with the Reader's Companion does appear to be a reissue of the 50th anniversary set (though with the updated Reader's Companion and a new ISBN).

Posted on: 5/2 20:37:07


Re: New Book Releases
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Easton Press has a new Tolkien-related offering, The Making of Middle-earth by Christopher Snyder. Anyone familiar with this title?

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