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Trotter wrote:

Stu wrote:

remy wrote:
Personally, would have put this in the "Interesting Ebay Auctions" thread rather than the "Wonders of".

Not surprised by the price at all (even in this condition). Not too often you come across this cover (and the first print with this cover).


I think that's where I differ from some collectors. I have no real desire to have ratty old copies of books just for completeness. Imperfect, yes, on a very hard to find or unimportant item, but ratbag books just make the bookshelves look scruffy (and mine are very neat!)


As a collector and someone who looks for completeness, you can only get the copies that appear, as far as as I can see this edition has not appeared at all on ebay or abebooks or any other auction site in the last 8 years.

I will probably not allow it to make my bookshelf scruffy, but am very happy to own a very poor copy of what looks to be the rarest copy of the UK Hobbit


I do understand how it is important for the "completeist". Living outside the UK, the idea of my becoming a completeist is basically ridiculous (it would just be far too hard to achieve), so I tend to focus on stuff that looks nice and I have decided to ignore the rare (or exceedingly rare) but tatty. For me, the thing about books that I like is the form, and the magic is broken for me when the books are in poor condition. It is why I don't have any early Hobbits - too expensive to get nice ones!

Glad you got the book :)

Posted on: 2013/7/6 5:23


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All we needed was another Pocket Hardback Edition, because we haven't had one of those... Sigh.

Posted on: 2013/7/6 4:47


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Khamûl wrote:
See a few posts back Morgan --they're selling them exclusively through independent bookstores for the first few months. This edition will be available online & through Amazon, etc, (i.e. general release) in September, as you say.

I was confused too!

BH

EDIT: And just to add --Halcyon Books (link) have copies for sale for £6.94 (not sure how they're managing any kind of mark up at this price) & ship to Sweden for £3.50. £10.44 all in for you!


Book Depository also have the Pocket Roverandom in stock. They shipped mine today.

Edit: Only took 5 days to come to Australia and was actually in a bubble-wrap envelope!

Posted on: 2013/7/5 5:26

Edited by Stu on 2013/7/9 21:50:12


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remy wrote:
Personally, would have put this in the "Interesting Ebay Auctions" thread rather than the "Wonders of".

Not surprised by the price at all (even in this condition). Not too often you come across this cover (and the first print with this cover).


I think that's where I differ from some collectors. I have no real desire to have ratty old copies of books just for completeness. Imperfect, yes, on a very hard to find or unimportant item, but ratbag books just make the bookshelves look scruffy (and mine are very neat!)

Posted on: 2013/7/5 3:44


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Khamûl wrote:
Do the books themselves have new copyright statements or anything Stu? The original set had first impressions (2002) of the standard hardbacks, but the set was re-released in 2011 according to HarperCollins. I don't know if you have the original set, is the slipcase (or anything else) exactly the same? What impressions are in your set?

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The slipcases are not absolutely identical. It is very similar, but the reprint box is thinner, particularly on the top/bottom. It really isn't robust enough for three heavy books, in my opinion.

Impressions are 6,5 and 5. No new copyright statement (bears the original 2002).

I wouldn't recommend anyone who has the original bothering to get the reprint, but it is an adequate substitute for someone who hasn't got the earlier one. I think I paid AUD $160 shipped from Book Depository when the reprint was released, so same ballpark price to the eBay one.

Posted on: 2013/7/5 3:32



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