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Re: Things bookdealers do, but shouldn't
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And it would have been nice if ebay user cv00030 had actually asked before downloading the not-really-high-enough-res for printing 5th impression from the facsimile jackets thread to use in his auction, especially as I eBay-mailed him about his last auction to let him know his 1st impression jacket is one of the dud ones (and I pointed him at the thread for the explanation).

Mind you, he didn't even have the courtesy to reply, but then clearly downloaded the 5th impression jacket from the thread and printed a copy. I've now removed the jackets from that thread (as they clearly weren't low-enough resolution to deter printing), so if anyone has an interest in the content of any of the first 15 jackets, please contact me directly (at some point, when I have time - I will load up even lower-res versions back onto the thread or watermark them so they are useless printed).

** Remember that a facsimile jacket doesn't increase the value of a book by a single cent or make up for it being in poor condition! All it does is protect it on your shelf and give a genuinely interested reader access to the front and rear flap info **

eBay Item #111945738352

Posted on: 3/23 18:18:09

Edited by Stu on 2016/3/23 18:29:14


Re: Things bookdealers do, but shouldn't
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Tapuvae wrote:
Where is this posted? Doesn't look like an eBay listing.



Seller's Facebook page. Book listings are on separate website (or via Abe).

Posted on: 3/20 22:23:11


Things bookdealers do, but shouldn't
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This kind of behaviour exemplifies what I dislike about some (but not all) of the book dealers that frequent the Tolkien arena.

Re-using photos and listings because the books "usually vary only slightly in condition" is completely unacceptable, IMHO -- unless the listing clearly states that the pictures are stock photos.

The fact is that unless fine, no two books are the same, and the seller claims he doesn't do this with his "fine, rare" books.

The buyer needs to be able to determine for themselves whether the book meets their requirements, and if they can't trust that the picture in the advert is actually of the book they are buying, it is hard to see how they can do this.


Of course, one could cynically just read it as "You might have noticed our stock isn't turning over, here is a not very well thought out reason for that"....

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Posted on: 3/20 14:46:26

Edited by Stu on 2016/3/20 14:56:33
Edited by Stu on 2016/3/20 14:57:19


Re: First Edition Silmarillion?
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Worth adding, that the dealers who try to sell these books online for $650 (as you mention) are purely looking for suckers to rip-off. Unfortunately, amongst the many good book dealers, Tolkien collecting has also attracted a few less than scrupulous dealers over the years, some of whom are still quite active on eBay and Abe. Fortunately, now the LOTR mania has long-passed, things have substantially quietened down, so most of these books listed at "scam" prices will likely not find buyers.

The good news is that you weren't ripped off for your $5! It might not be worth a huge lot more than that, but the price you paid was perfectly fair!

Posted on: 3/19 16:32:20


Re: Recommendations for Tolkien facsimile dust jackets
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In case anyone wants one of the 3rd/4th jackets that I produced, you can get them from Mark Terry.

http://www.facsimiledustjackets.com/p ... /j-r-r-tolkien/hobbit-the

They are based off V23 of my reconstruction, but with the Facsimile Dustjackets LLC logo added and my facsimile logo removed. As I am endless tinkerer, and I've improved my graphics and font skills, I'm now up to V27, which is more accurate, and possibly final(!)), but the printed "V23s" from Mark do look great unless you are really obsessive-compulsive, have a keen eye and are going to compare the facsimile with photos of the real thing, playing a game of spot the difference.

If you do get one from him, just make sure to ask him to print it so that the black-bordered white bands top and bottom are removed, though (should be 189mm top to bottom *after* the bands are excised. By default, you will get the bands. I'm still kicking myself for not removing them and adding a bleed edge before giving him the file).

(Note that I have no commercial interest here. This is just a public service announcement!)

Also worth pointing out to any inexperienced collectors that adding a facsimile dust-jacket to a book adds absolutely no financial value to it (or at the most the cost of printing the jacket), so when buying, just imagine the book doesn't have one, rather than getting suckered in by a nice new shiny cover.

Posted on: 3/16 22:31:21

Edited by Stu on 2016/3/17 23:10:52



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