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Re: Anniversarys
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If only the 80th anniversary of Songs for the Philologists had not gone by uncelebrated

Posted on: 9/14 0:24:18


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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The_Antiquarian wrote:
I am extremely grateful for all the help, Mr. Stu and Khamûl!

What I forgot to mention is that prior to my purchase, I sent several emails/messages to the sellers, asking if their definition of "fine" and "pristine" condition are equivalent to the ones commonly used by the book collectors and they adamantly said yes.

Now I am left with two of the books that are subpar in quality and as a "perfectionist" when it comes to collecting, it's like having two tumors dangling on my bookshelf. I might as well give them to my baby son to use em as scrap paper...

I will keep purchasing 1st Edition 1st Impression copies of the Silmarillion until I find several of the actual "fine" condition books. What a quest....



You really just need to get plenty of photos before making your purchase decision. Of course, this isn't always possible and sometimes it is worth taking a punt. The Sil can be a hard one to find in true fine condition because as well as scuffing, bumping and all the other hazards that any book faces, the red dye is particularly vulnerable to fading (as is often the case with red). The dark blue top stain is also prone to damage from settled dust.

They do exist, though (I have one, which was boxed with other GA&U books until I purchased it a decade ago, and which I keep in a dark drawer, rather than on the shelf), but we are now talking about a 40 year old book, and there can't be THAT many copies kept essentially in a box / out of light for their entire life.

Your search for that perfect copy may take a little while. Just get photos and pass by the copies that don't meet your requirements. If finding great copies was as simple as firing up Abe and spending money, it would a pretty dull hobby*.

(Also remember that "Good" condition in book collecting circles means that it is only useful as a firelighter. Unless you *aren't* a professional seller, in which good condition can mean anything from firelighter to perfection).

[*As my wife is happy to remind me, it IS a dull hobby]

Posted on: 9/12 23:37:45


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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As Khamûl says, finding pristine (i.e. actually fine) copies isn't that easy. That said, it can be done for most books, but it can take a LONG time to find that perfect copy of a book, and it is likely to cost more than the imperfect copies (this isn't always the case, though).

I personally purchase a handful of books a year, and the main reason is that it is rare for me to see that combination of quality and price that works for me. Book collecting needs to be slow and steady or you will likely end up with a collection that you will be unhappy with. It is very satisfying when you fo find tht 50 year old book that looks better than a new copy, but don't expect that satisfaction to come along particularly regularly, especially if you are only looking for a fairly narrow range of titles, editions and impressions.

There are books where you have to sacrifice condition significantly just to get a copy -- these are few and far between in the world of Tolkien, though.

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Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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But he spent "three weeks trying to find a true value"!


Yeah, I should let him know that my set - also from Australia - cost me $25 and I was the only bidder...

Posted on: 9/11 19:44:27


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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Silly price, but interesting to note another Encore version showing up in Australia. That's the third I have noted from there.


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lord-Of-Th ... 3415e4:g:134AAOSwj9lZs5fK

Posted on: 9/11 17:42:32



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