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Trotter wrote:
I have seen a lot worse, but I like the description

World's worst copies - truly terrible to behold !

eBay Item #391040017507



Makes a nice change from "Near Fine", which seems to be the default claim that most book dealers make for their books these days, no matter how damaged the book might be.

Posted on: 1/27 14:22:05


Re: Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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dis wrote:
The first LOTR paperbacks were published by Ballantine Books in October 1965. To look for early Ballantine editions, you need to specify the cover artist (Barbara Remington) and the printing date. I do not recall these ever being sold as a boxed set, though I could be mistaken. So Fellowship would be labeled "First Printing, October 1965", The Two Towers is labeled "First Printing: November, 1965", and I suspect (but am uncertain) that The Return of the King might be listed as "December, 1965" but in the event all were released in October, 1965 and the corrected date can be found in later printings.
However, you might not want to confine your search to just the First Printings, as some changes were made: for example, the first 3 or so printings of Fellowship had the Ring inscription upside down, later corrected; and changes were made in some of the Elvish sayings, I think around the time of the 8th printing.
But be sure to check the printing dates! Ballantine went through so many printings that after a hundred or so they started renumbering with "First Printing" again!
Collecting Ballantine editions can be quite interesting. I believe that the Tolkien Collection of Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI has a complete set of Ballantine, so they might be able to provide more detailed information.


Pretty sure there was a boxed set (a fairly plain grey or green, I think?).

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I guess this is where that copy of UT originated (35 pounds) :) Amazed I missed that - but not really been looking recently. It is the funny thing about eBay, though. So much of it is just whether anybody happens to notice the item on the week of the auction. Same when I got my copy, just no one else really paying attention at the time.

eBay Item #311261698086

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If you really want the wrappers I know a man who can although they were added later I think



Nah, I already have two sets of the regular Hardback -- which is one more set than I need, Nice wrappers, nonetheless! :) . I can't see those jackets being added later (post leaving wherever they originated). They appeared to be in perfect condition without rubbing to the spine, and it seems improbable someone would have taken some pristine wrappers off some presumably pristine books to put them on a set that wouldn't normally have wrappers.

It seems far more likely they came out of the printers/binders/publisher that way (IMHO). For me, as a mismatched "oddity" set, they seem to be an original part of the oddity. I would guess they were put on to limit further rubbing of the spines -- which would tie in with them perhaps being returns.

I could, of course, be wrong.

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Trotter wrote:
I agree it is quite hard to find as evidenced by the first post in this thread, though this would be to much for even a collector such as myself :)


If it sells, then quite honestly, I'll probably put my copy up for sale for 400. It is in better condition than that one :)

Edit: looks like it sold off eBay. Wonders how much it went for (Laurel???)

Posted on: 1/23 13:24:09

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