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Re: Number of books?
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Not being facetious here, but what "quality" Tolkien productions are we referring to? --in book production terms, quality Tolkien items are slim pickings indeed. Some of the recent "deluxe" productions are no better than some of GA&U's trade hardbacks of yesteryear. I applaud your book collecting aims all the same Trotter & Onónion!

BH

Posted on: 2010/6/25 10:21
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Re: Silmarillion edition ["bound in red cloth"]
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I don't think pirate editions are worth much, & although not rare (they must have produced quite a few you would think) --they are quite scarce i.e. if you wanted to go and buy a copy you might struggle to find one. Because of this a seller may charge annoyingly high for it, assuming it's of some worth.

I have two UK pirated copies with jackets & the jacket-less US copy I posted pictures of. For some reason I paid £25 for my first copy (copyright page had been excised), £15 for the second UK copy (go figure!), and £12 for the US copy. Not that I cared at the time, for I just wanted to have a look at a copy, but I overpaid by some margin for the first copy I think; the second price was more in line for a good UK pirated copy; & the second was probably too much for a copy without a jacket.

Judging by the fact that a 1970's pirated Hobbit, always a more popular title than The Silmarillion, went for £9.08 just the other day on eBay --I'd guess they're of novelty value only to most collectors. Put it this way --if you stuck a copy on eBay for Buy-It-Now £20, it would probably take a while to shift.

BH

Posted on: 2010/6/25 10:01
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Re: Festival in the Shire Interview
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I agree the whole Wales line is simply Mark with his business hat on, rather than his collector hat; the kind of antics I would have thought he would have objected to, judging by some of his other comments. That said, some of what Mark says is true enough. Unfortunately for him though, as a book seller, he becomes part of the very problem he criticizes. Upon close examination, many of the books he sells are neither rare nor scarce; & are are not, in my opinion, 'worth' what he is charging for them.

I also dislike all this 'true' collector rubbish. In the field of Tolkien collecting, bargains are few and far between; & the ony hope most collectors have of acquiring anything like a rarity are on sites like eBay --where many sellers are unaware of what they are selling. Otherwise everything is expensive & overpriced. You can be as knowledgeable as you like, you ain't going to get anything 'rare' without hard cold cash.

BH

Posted on: 2010/6/22 15:04
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Re: Number of books?
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I have to admit, I don't have a separate Tolkien book count; just a reasonably easily calculate-able, total book count --but that in itself is a big mix (obviously) of (mainly) Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and "Books about Books". So, in summary, I don't know off-hand. In any case, nothing like the nonsense figures banded about by a few of your posters Wellinghall! --'6000' I think I read; crazies! Like most people I'd probably have many more books if economics allowed; & if I had a bigger home...

BH

Posted on: 2010/6/16 11:58
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Re: The silmarillion 30th anniversary deluxe edition help.
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Worry me!? I have to admit, I don't see a great deal in the copy I have. If there is any ridge it is very, very, very slightly visble. Just the merest hint of... something. It would not be visible in a photograph if I were to take one though. Not that it matters a jot, but you could, Ballboy, post a photograph here...

BH

Posted on: 2010/6/16 11:45
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