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Re: What do people think of this item
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In July 2010 (see the previous post in this thread), we reported on a copy of The Hobbit about to be offered at auction by PBA Galleries, San Francisco, the American edition, 14th impression (according to the jacket), with the colour frontispiece signed by Tolkien. We noted that the signature was questionable, and Trotter observed both that the copy had been offered earlier by a questionable source on eBay, and that it had been withdrawn from the PBA sale. Well, it's back, once again at PBA Galleries, in their sale of March 15th, lot 201, now with a house estimate of $4,000-6,000. The auction listing is here.

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Re: Lucky finds
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I had a visitor to the library the other day with a family Bible, wanting advice on binding repair. It was a nice Bible, late 18th-century, but laid inside (and not known to the owner) was an unrecorded leaflet, in mint condition, from (I think) the early 19th century, offering a special prayer to relieve the people of Kent, England from some terrible disease then afflicting them. You never know what you'll find.

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Re: Folio Society Hobbit
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We were initially interested in a Ballantine Hobbit/LR set which sold on eBay yesterday, because the photo showed it in a light metallic blue box, we don't have this set in a blue box, and long ago we had heard a rumour of a blue box. But we queried before the auction and learned that the box was actually gold, the photo had just come out wrong.

Wayne & Christina

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Re: Doworst in "Monash Review"
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Pardagast, thanks very much for bringing the Monash Review article to light. We'll add it to our bibliographical notes and Companion and Guide addenda.

Morgan, the fanzine A Elbereth Gilthoniel! does have an exclamation mark in its title. We can confirm this from the issues in our collection (in photocopy). The vertical line to the right of the title words on the cover is meant to be an exclamation mark, and is more detailed than the reproduction makes clear. The Marquette cataloging is derived from information supplied by Gary Hunnewell, the leading expert in Tolkien fanzines; we have Gary's information in our reference files as well.

Wayne & Christina

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Re: New Book Releases
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We've heard from West Virginia University Press that this year's Tolkien Studies (Vol. IX, 2012) "will not be ready until August or September for mailing".

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