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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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Are you getting the RK 1st/4th for £30? That sounds awful good too. But, another RK will always come around (altho' doubtful at this price) --will the others? Sometimes it's worthwhile buying the rarities when the opportunity arises; you might not see another copy for a while. I'd buy RK personally...

BH

Posted on: 2010/9/6 3:29
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Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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I'm not sure what you're saying!

B&N got ~450 (signed by CT & AL), Waterstones ~200 (signed by CT only)--as widely reported at the time (figures from David Brawn via Beren).

When you say "Once all of the UK books were sold..." --where & when are you referring to? You go on to say "they were stuck into the only available Deluxe Editions, (which got a higher price) which happened to be the US version...". In the US only HM's standard Hb had been published at launch time.

Theoretically, excepting the one or two that you refer to (that were held back; probably unofficially) & the more problematic peeling problem, the variations are fairly straightforward --are they not? Why would any bookplates have been inserted into US Deluxe editions?

Not trying to up the scarcity claim (because there were, reportedly, about 900 of these all in) but CT himself didn't have any for distribution at the time, so I doubt (as discussed above back in 2007) that The Tolkien Estate had much, if any. DB stated recently that they were all used i.e. (my interpretation) they were all distributed by HC (regardless of what then happened to them) at the time. He gave no hint or impression of staggered distribution.

The peeling is quite interesting though...

BH

Posted on: 2010/9/6 3:23
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Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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I added the following note to my previous post:

[Italics have been added for clarity to most of the above paragraphs, as they (originally) were clearly a mis-interpretation of what Beren said. Furthermore they were far too specific to the example Beren gave; the specifics of which I new nothing about --I should not have commented in this way. BH 5th Sept. 2010]

Btw, I suspect a Thornton's Silmarillion may surface fairly soon too...

BH

Posted on: 2010/9/5 4:12
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Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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Beren, I'm genuinely not having a pop. Looking back at my post (& I'll leave it un-edited, so others can judge how unfair I might have been) I may have made an error in specifically quoting you & discussing the Rene example in particular --for that I apologise if I've offended you; or perhaps (put better) totally mis-represented what actually happened in this case. No slur was intended at all against you or Rene. Please accept my apologies.

My post (rant?) also wasn't meant to suggest you're making a killing out of selling books; or that you're inflating prices or otherwise manipulating the markets. As I said, I wasn't specifically talking about you at all (--& I hope it is seen that most of my comments were generalisations using this example as a starting point.) [Last comment added for clarity -BH]

I'm not going to patronise you by heaping praise on your site (& bookstore) either --I think you know how I feel & view your own set-up. And, I ('we' I'm sure) do appreciate you posting (at length) regarding the other side of the trade i.e. from the sellers perspective. I do want to hear what you have to say; & not just so I can shoot you down or have a grumble (--altho' it might appear that way!)

But, why are you calling them 'crazy' prices? You made me think that you (& R) were of the opinion that the price you listed this particular item for was in your own opinion higher than it should have been (i.e. more than it was worth) --& that you were surprised that someone took the bait. Clearly I mis-interpreted quite how specific you were being i.e. in discussing purely one-off/unique (& therefore extremely difficult to price) items.

I'll try & come back to this a little less personally.

BH

Posted on: 2010/9/4 14:28

Edited by Khamul on 2010/9/4 15:31:01
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Re: What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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Clearly we have nothing better to be doing on a Saturday evening than suggesting to Bruffyboy what he should spend his money on! Now, I'm sure I had a life... where did I put it...

BH

Posted on: 2010/9/4 9:58
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