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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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I don't agree. At the very least it adds value to the value of the slipcase itself. They're not worth nothing. Take a book worth, say, £80-90 (not your example, a "common" book; that's a straw man argument, as you're always going to struggle to add value to ten-a-penny books); add a slipcase & it's going to sell for £100. 'Tis fact! Stu, it happens on eBay, so it must be true...

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Posted on: 11/1 15:39:04
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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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They're fantastic. So is DM; really helpful guy. Also, they do add value. Come on!, they look great...

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Posted on: 11/1 14:29:23
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Re: Unfinished Tales 1st Ed, 1st Print
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Morinehtar, I'm slightly less interested in perfection in terms of condition & more interested in printing priority & history. I don't know if you got a good deal, as I don't know how much you paid, and I don't know precisely what you bought.

My point was simply a general one: there are several different states of marked first impressions of copies printed by both Clowes & Billing. Is this important? I don't know; but I'm always a little concerned by sellers asking for high prices for "true first edition"[s] --when the books aren't the first printed state (or where this isn't clear from the description) &/or other features are claimed to denote or not denote priority.

I could give examples, but I'm sure you probably know what I mean.

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Posted on: 10/31 14:53:59
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Re: Unfinished Tales 1st Ed, 1st Print
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Honestly, the prices that have been mentioned in this thread are nuts. Don't pay anywhere near £50/$50+ for either of these books in any condition. They are, especially The Silmarillion, ten-a-penny on auction sites like eBay; auctions finish with no bids all the time i.e. supply far exceeds demand.

Nowadays I wouldn't spend more than £10 on a standard 1977 copy of The Silmarillion unless there was some particular feature that really interested me e.g. a variant I don't have or some other interesting and unique point. Admittedly I do seek out copies with things other collectors probably aren't interested in, like copies with interesting previous ownership markings, ex-library copies, rebinds, etc; but for standard variants it's just about identifying them with good questioning & being persistent.

I do understand the wish to acquire copies with unfaded DJ spines; and that can be difficult. But if you're not going to buy every variant out there then how many copies of the standard 1977 edition are you looking to own? A Billing 1st state, a Clowes 1st state, and a BCA edition? Shouldn't be too difficult to track down that kind of number in F/F condt.

A word of warning: there are several states of both the Clowes & Billing printings; most of them are unrecorded in Hammond. Deagol (at tolkienbooks.net) has far more detail, but even his site doesn't have everything that's out there. If these things really matter to you, then be prepared to be disappointed quite often. It's reasonably hard to pin down a seller to provide photos & descriptions which help you identify everything that might be important to you as a collector: the printer, whether the jacket is priced, the binding, headbands, top-page edge dye, map positioning within the book, errors within the text, etc. Auctions with claims about priority, "true first edition" status (god, I hate that description!), etc, should generally be avoided. You decide priority, not the seller. You are far more likely to know more about the edition than the seller if you're the kind of collector who frequents this forum...

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Posted on: 10/31 2:36:55

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Re: New Book Releases
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The Kullervo copyright pg. is carrying the incorrect date; it reads "2015", the year the standard hardback was published. No mention of 2016.

Didn't HC do this was another recent release?

BH

Posted on: 10/20 8:35:41
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