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Re: The Tolkien Collector
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There are various stories as to why it folded

We must have missed those stories. As Khamûl says, The Tolkien Collector is still around, just very "occasional". No. 32 was published at the end of 2011; no. 33 is finally "in press" (in our laser printer) and will be published soon. Since The Tolkien Collector appears so infrequently, due to the press of other things to do (and because we have to write most of it ourselves - articles and notes would be welcome!), we've decided that it will be more fair to offer it on a per-issue basis than to continue to accept subscriptions - though all existing subscriptions will be honoured for as long as each of them lasts. Details can be found on our website, at http://www.hammondandscull.com/collect.html.

As keen bibliographers are you particularly fickle about condition? (F/F please!), or will you compromise on condition to gather information? i.e. buy a book in less than 'collectable' condition

We prefer fine condition when we can get it, but are realists when it comes to very rare or expensive items, or when an opportunity presents itself and we can pick up something for reference, hoping to upgrade later.

do any particular aspects of some items cause particular problems in terms of storage?; how do you deal with preservation? (dj covers, protecting from light [I see a window!], airing shelves, climate control [temperature & humidity], & housekeeping generally); how much 'maintenance' does the collection require? etc etc.

Every dust-jacket gets an archival (acid-free paper and Mylar) cover. Every pamphlet gets an archival (acid-free, non-adhesive) binder or envelope. Magazines go into archival boxes of various sizes. Audio materials go into boxes as well. Wayne has constructed boxes for some of our more fragile paperbacks, using archival board and Velcro coins. Manuscript material goes into archival folders and boxes.

Yes, there are windows; there are also heavy drapes. "Climate control" is handled mainly by Mother Nature - no air conditioning in our house, but we have a good dehumidifier in our basement. Dusting is done every now and then.

Hmm, maybe we'll write a blog post on this subject. We wrote "Caring for Your Tolkien Collection" for Tolkien Collector no. 18 in 1998, and could update that.

Wayne & Christina

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Inscribed Lord of the Rings for sale
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While at the Mentor, Ohio, Half-Price Books last week, we saw a set of The Lord of the Rings signed and inscribed by Tolkien, more fully described as follows:

The Lord of the Rings, second American edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966, book club issue (impressed dot on lower board), 3 vols. in slipcase. Vol. 1 is marked as the 6th printing, and vols. 2 and 3 as 5th printings.

Vol. 1: Spine slightly cocked, corners bumped, worn, and frayed, wear to bottom left of upper board and head and tail of spine, spine lettering slightly worn, top edge faded and spotted, bottom and fore-edges lightly soiled. Staple holes in front free endpaper and half-title leaf. Bottom half of front hinge beginning to crack. The folded map is present but cut from the book. Dust-jacket, badly tattered with a tape repair and faded spine. The title-page is inscribed and signed by Tolkien to ‘Allen’, 15 December 1966: '4000 m[iles] is a long way to travel for my dubious company'.

Vol. 2: Spine slightly cocked, corners bumped, worn, and frayed, wear to head and tail of spine, top edge faded and slightly spotted, bottom and fore-edges lightly soiled. At the top of pp. 25-32 is an impression from what might have been a paperclip used as a bookmark, and there is a diagonal crease from top to bottom on pp. 33-34. The folded map is lacking, cut from the book, with a remnant of the paper left behind. Dust-jacket, tattered (though less so than for vol. 1) with losses. Autographed by Tolkien on the title-page.

Vol. 3: Very nice condition; top rear corner bumped. The folded map is detached but present. Dust-jacket, crisp and fresh with only slight chipping. Autographed by Tolkien on the title-page.

The slipcase has moderate wear but is intact. Tolkien's autographs and inscription are clearly genuine.

This set evidently was carried to England from the United States for Tolkien's signature. We do not know its provenance, but the seller does. Nor do we know its price, which can be learned on inquiry to the manager of the Half-Price Books outlet, Ms. Kerry West, at Kwest@HPB.com.


Wayne & Christina

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Re: _Fall of Arthur_ in 2013?
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We picked up the U.S. trade edition in a local shop yesterday, and note that it refers on the copyright page to a facsimile from the manuscript in the Bodleian -- but Houghton Mifflin Harcourt seem not to have included it (it wasn't in any of the copies being sold locally). This has happened before for the U.S.; presumably the facsimile is in the HarperCollins edition, our copies of which are still in transit.

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Re: For Sale
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We have the same feelings about eBay, though we (actually Christina) daily wade through the great mass of chaff looking for increasingly elusive wheat.

There are some relatively recent books we would go after there, if we could - one of the Cascades Hobbits, the first printing of the new HarperCollins film tie-in paperback Hobbit which we somehow managed to miss when it came out last year, the Book People Hobbit with the dust-jacket - but stock images and generic descriptions do indeed make it impossible to know if the copy offered is the copy wanted, and an uncomfortable number of sellers won't ship to the U.S.A.

We would have bid for three of the Silmarillion translations HouseofLostTales offered on eBay - Greek 1996, Korean 1997, and Romanian 1999 - but didn't want to bid for the larger lot these were in, as we have everything else in it and didn't want to have to try to dispose of so many duplicates.


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Re: Folio Society Books
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The latest FS bibliography, I think, is Folio 60 btw --it cover to 2006, so would probably have the kind of impression information you're looking for.


We have Folio 60. The first printing of The Silmarillion was issued in 1997, bound in "full blue vegetable parchment ('Elephanthide') with a design in gold, red and black by Mosley; pale grey flecked endleaves. Dark red-brown slip case." The binding was uniform with 1997 printings of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

A second printing of the Folio Society Silmarillion was issued in 2002, and a third in 2003; it is said that "some copies" of these (no number given) were bound "in quarter dark brown morocco, gold Indian silk boards; dark brown endleaves. Brown morocco-covered slip case", the slipcase and spine with calligraphic lettering by John Andrew.

"Some copies" of the fourth printing (2003) were bound like the second and third "but with flecked cream endleaves" and with an additional leaf before the half-title giving a limitation as 1750 numbered copies (this is the only quantity noted for the several printings).

The bibliography also lists a fifth printing in 2004, but without further details.

We have the first and fourth printings in our collection. The limitation statement in the fourth describes the leather as "Wassa goatskin" and the Indian silk (what some would call "slub silk") is hand-woven. The fourth also includes a slip laid in giving instructions on how to care for the leather.

Wayne & Christina

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