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Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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Deagol, although we admit to not being the best of correspondents over the past few years, while finishing complicated books and household renovations and dealing with health issues, according to our files we've happily answered a number of your messages, none of which (that we received, anyway) was a request to post a version of Steve's guides. (Of course, we can't speak for Steve, who we know has moved house and jobs in recent years and is relatively less active in Tolkien circles.) In any case, neither the lack of a reply nor the fact that something is temporarily out of print is justification for posting copyrighted material without permission to a public site, as opposed to private communication. The privilege of putting Steve's articles on the Web, if it were to be done, should be his, and ours.

Khamul, we did take your comment as tongue in cheek. We get a lot of requests for back issues -- just about every new subscriber wants the complete set (oh, these collectors!) -- and will honour them as soon as possible. Since the Tolkien Collector went on hiatus at the end of 2002, we've changed computer hardware and software, and our original setup became functionally obsolete. So Wayne is having to shift and revise all of the files, which takes time but will make reprinting much easier when it's all done.

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Posted on: 2008/12/1 23:51


Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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Khamul wrote:

(Get a move on Wayne & Christina!)

We're out of town at the moment, but will deal with back issues when we return.

Meanwhile, may we respectfully ask if permission was granted by Steve Frisby -- or sought from the Tolkien Collector -- before large parts of his copyrighted articles were posted in this thread?

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2008/12/1 15:59


Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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Our PDA also contains wants lists and other documents with information convenient to have at hand.

For various reasons, we just use plain old Microsoft Word. This is converted to Palm form through DataViz Documents to Go.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/25 20:31


Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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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.


Well, not no furniture at all, just little that needed to be moved, as she was relocating to my fully furnished house. In fact, we did bring a table and chairs, and shelves and bookcases.

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?


Actually it's more like 15,000+ books -- plus CDs, DVDs, LPs, cassettes, magazines, and comic books. We do have an electronic list of our books, and lists of music and films, which we keep up and are in the process of refining. Ideally we would know, at least for our collections if not for every book, not only that we have a particular edition and printing, and whether it has its dust-jacket (if so issued), but also its condition, in case we have the opportunity to trade up. We used to carry printouts of the lists with us when we travelled, until they became unwieldy and I put them on a Palm Pilot.

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?


For the most part, we do remember who had what when we got married. Where it gets confused is with those books that each of us had in nearly identical copies, but we now have only one. Altogether, legally and officially, everything is now our joint collection, though some parts still tend to be spoken of as his (e.g. Arthur Ransome, Maurice Sendak, graphic novels) and some as hers (e.g. Arthurian literature, medieval history and art).

And, is this (do you think/speculate) the biggest single collection of Tolkienalia in the World in private hands?


It's certainly one of the biggest, occupying more than two rooms, plus related items in other parts of the house (C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes, etc.).

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/25 13:50


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Beren,

Glad I could help.

In regard to why the letter was separated from its envelope and the envelope paired with the card, Christina wonders if it was because the previous owner of the items decided to "sweeten" the Arthur Tolkien card by selling it with a piece of JRRT manuscript, whereas the JRRT autograph letter could be sold on its own, sans envelope.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 17:39



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