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Re: 2005 Aston Conference Proceedings
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(Jlong) I'd second that regarding Drout's Encyclopedia. I haven't got a copy yet! C&G was so much more competitive at the time (-and I've still got TS V to read!)

Postage from UK to US is presumably as bad as postage from the US to UK at present: totally prohibitive! I bought seven new books (standard hardbacks) from Hippocampus Press the other week. They sent it over in some strange big heavy duty bag, called an 'M Bag'. It only cost $49.

More recently I bought two Arkham House volumes (relatively small hardbacks) from a US dealer, and the postage was $34! -more than the price of one of the books. There is basically no point in buying from the US (I feel) at present in less your buying multiple books, especially with the ~1.65 (or whatever it is) conversion rate for the £/$ as well.

Damn credit crunch!... (and USPS!...)

BH

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eBay: 'Show completed listings only'
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(Sorry) I don't fiddle about with eBay that much, and I'm sure many of you are already aware of this function. But for those of you as stupid as me, I'd like to draw your attention to the Show completed listings only option on the Advanced Search function on eBay.

It's quite useful actually. Or at least I found it so, when I'd been offline for a few weeks. For example you can basically look at all auctions ending in the last couple of weeks (15 days?) with 'Tolkien' in the description (or whatever your interested in).

I thought that was pretty good. You can put them in order of price, and get the most expensive Tolkien items sold on eBay in any given month by just doing this a couple of times. Unfortunately you've got to trail through all the '0 bids' auctions as well, but the successful auctions are clearly highlighted in green.

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Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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(Stu) I think you'll hit the nail on the head regarding the dustjackets (with Modern 1st Editions). You basically want to stop the dustjacket moving; provided you can do that you've won half the battle.

Because I individually wrapped each hardback, movement of the jacket in respect to the book was prevented, and movement within the boxes was minimal (with bubblewrap against bubblewrap). And, because the bubblewrap was round each a couple of times, the overall protection afforded to the ~12/box (top, bottom, & sides) was more than adequate. I also felt there was a fair amount of protection from moisture; although it wasn't such an issue when I moved.

You've probably also got to watch that books are packed flat within each box, and you've avoided the temptation to put some in vertically to fill some gap! Then, the weight of boxes on boxes comes into play once actually moving; and those books may have weight pushing against the boards and spine in a damaging way.

I did have some volumes already tightly held in polythene bags, but I didn't employ the use of clingfilm or paper in packing. Regardless, it's going to take you a long time. But is certainly worth it for the protection of your Collection; which after all has probably taken you years to assemble.

If I was going to pack again, I'd proably have padded the bottom of the boxes better. I didn't have any problem with just plain brown sticky tape, but I suppose you'd want to use something like duct tape (as Wayne states) if not moving the boxes yourself.

When Christina moved to the U.S. from London, she had almost no furniture but a lot of books (about 6,000 volumes)...


I like this -no furniture! I can just imagine Christina making a little table out of a few books lying around in order to eat her dinner.

10,000+ is a bit excessive don't you think Wayne? My one question is: do you and Christina have a (complete?) written (or more probably computer archived) list of all the books in your collection?

(In fact, no, I have more than one question!) Do you still remember what books are Christina's and what books are yours? Particularly books that you bought before the joining of the collections. Or is it definitively just 'one' collection now? And, is this (do you think/speculate) the biggest single collection of Tolkienalia in the World in private hands?

In fact just talk about your fabulous collection ...

BH

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Glen Goodknight on ABEbooks
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Posted on: 2008/10/23 14:05
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Re: On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays
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Indeed! ditto email received. Looks like mabey next year...

BH

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