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Re: Lucky finds
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Beren wrote:
I'm sad that since the fake signatures somehow everything is being questioned. This person was 100% certain commissioned to demolish Tolkien's house and 100% certainly is selling the fireplace that was ordered by Tolkien according to his own wishes. The seller has been in & out of Miramar hotel and there has been speaking with members of the Tolkien family. The offer was indeed made and so far not accepted (because I do have another buyer interested in the lot, but in talks). Why always is it needed to be so negative when it comes to large amounts?
Why doubt the provenance, while all items have been in and out the news before several times. Anyways, I'm going to stop posting on this thread for the time being.



Honestly, I think this stuff is utter crap. Do we want to preserve Tolkien's toilet paper dispenser, his toothbrush, his kettle or washing machine? I mean, it was owned by Tolkien, so it must be worth a bundle, right? And it is a real historical artifact with value to a scholar, surely. Er, no. Just because someone famous owned a thing it doesn't mean it has any intrinsic value beyond the basic value of the item had it been owned by the local nobody.

Now something Tolkien produced, that was a product of his intellect - yes, I think that has value. Something he purchased and installed in his house? Nope, that's just "stuff" and it is meaningless and IMHO worthless. Every time I see that fireplace advertised, it irks me, because it feels like exploitation of ill informed idiots. No offence intended, but that is how it feels to me.

When I saw that stuff advertised some time back, I felt a cynical line had been crossed.

Stu

Posted on: 2012/12/17 4:30


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Khamûl wrote:
I think this thread should be suspended until after Christmas...

BH


I think Christmas should be suspended until after Christmas.

Posted on: 2012/11/25 19:27


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laurel wrote:
I have put this under lucky finds as it is for me

Am sure a lot of us have had that 'excited' feeling when you eventually track a book down and successfully buy it only then to have to wait for the post to come?

That happened to me last week. I finally got my hands on a deluxe 1987 Hobbit 135/500. Been after a copy for years without spending high £100's. Finally I was lucky enough to spot one in auction in Ireland.

Placed my bid and low and behold I won it at less than I would have gone up to. It arrived last week and what a lovely book it is. Any of you guys that have one will know exactly what I mean. It has now gone into my top 3 of Tolkien owned book.

The feel and smell of the leather is wonderful and is a real pleasure to own.

With lucky finds seemingly disappearing at moment this came as a bolt out of the blue. For anyone interested I know of another one which will be readvertised next month so keep eyes out if after this edition.


Oddly, I have this book and I actually don't really like it that much. There seems to be a lot of variation in the shade of the dye on these (some being bright green and some being much darker). I'll hang onto it, but I have much cheaper books that I'm more fond of.

Edit: I looked at it again last night. I think a problem for me is all the variation of greens used (not on different copies, but across the whole "package"). The bright green used for the bulk of the slipcase just doesn't sit well with the darker green of the book, and is a pretty ugly green. I accept that I am in the minority, not liking this edition, though :)

Posted on: 2012/11/12 21:39

Edited by Stu on 2012/11/13 21:20:35


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Trotter wrote:
Saw this on another site.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tolkien-Signe ... tible&hash=item20cd49e9d5

"JRR Tolkien presentation copy of Lord of the Rings and letter to his personal physician! One of the last books signed letters he wrote! He died in their home. Several other items from Denis Tolhurst included.

Dr. Denis Tolhurst 20 April 1973 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Denis Tolhurst, written on 20 April, 1973.

Description: The letter was found loosely inserted in an inscribed copy of The Lord of the Rings (to Dr. and Mrs. Tolhurst, "May 21 1973 Denis & Joycelyn from Ronald"). Signed by Tolkien ("your loving "Dad"") to Dr. Tolhurst ("Physician Extraordinary"). 2 pages, oblong 8vo, Good Friday [20 April] 1973.

Contents: Tolkien notes an imminent gathering of his family "...to hear what the Govt. and their trustee lawyer are going to let them have to live on this year out of Dad's earnings..." He notes he is "feeling refreshed" and states "...the good domestic cooking of plain English style has restored my appetite." Discussing the weather Tolkien notes "...as far as we are concerned your 'Spring is a-coming in' is an unfulfilled prophecy with rustic accuracy and lack of 'delicacy', as a time when heorst sterteth, bulluc verteth ie 'hart leaps up, and bullock farts'... Tolkien ends with reference to what would be his final visit: "...I warn you that I shall be eager to accept any invitation to your lovely house at any time when you feel you can bear it..."





Lovely book - If only I hadn't lost $40,000 on the AUD/NZD cross in the last month, I could pop out and buy it! Gotta hate moving countries (and I'm not even thinking about having to pack up all my books again)...

Posted on: 2012/11/10 5:41


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Trotter wrote:
alan-53 has obviously never seen a real leather bound book

Another rare item, that by his own standards (it also galls me, as well as alan-53, that people like him are doing this), is not rare or described correctly

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Tolkien- ... tible&hash=item2ec34e0853




Alan-53 consistently advertises Guild Editions as being leather-bound, and he knows they aren't as I have previously sent him eBay messages pointing out his error. I don't know how people like him sleep at night, to be honest.

Posted on: 2012/11/10 5:35



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