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Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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Khamûl wrote:
The secondary material you cite Urulöké, is just that; secondary. While I have no problem with people collecting it, the idea that a book a criticism should cost you more than a first edition of LR is absurd. This is currently what the market says these items are worth. For this reason alone I don't collect academic publications; they're way overpriced.

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You see, this is where I have less than no class. I don't avoid collecting academic material because it is overpriced, I avoid collecting it because it is dull and - for the most part - completely and utterly pointless. It adds no value to society and exists to fill pages and satisfy the ego of the author (or to meet the requirement to publish X quantity of papers).

I just can't see the academic value in examining literature to the Nth degree (or to any degree, really). Academics would be better spending their time on *scientific* endeavour, IMHO. And everyone else would be better off just reading the books if they enjoy them, and setting them aside if they don't. Stop analysing them - it has been nearly 60 years since the publication of LoTR, for example - it doesn't need anyone else to comment on "what the author meant" or "why it is culturally important".

That said, each to their own with what they do and what they collect!

Posted on: 2014/2/1 14:32


Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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Khamûl wrote:
My point is: if you believe the content is important & worth reading (your point) --then this is not an argument for acquiring the content physically (I did say not worth "physically collecting"). Excepting vol. I, all the content is still available direct from WVUPress. Why does the format matter?

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I actually do agree with you, but playing the devil's advocate, I suppose you could apply your argument to any of the Tolkien books we collect, as they are all available electronically these days, and indeed a tatty paperback has the same literary value as a 1st Edition (possibly bar a few typos and relatively trivial amendments in some cases).

Posted on: 2014/1/31 16:38


Re: First Editions, First Impressions The Hobbit
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Red wrote:
Is that the person who was on an episode of Pawn Stars UK? It was interesting to see all those editions in one place. I think the value the book expert on the show gave the collection was around 40K pounds.


Yes, that was Mark Faith. He has been trying to sell that set for years.

Posted on: 2014/1/26 11:40


Easton Press Fall of Arthur
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I know most people on here don't collect Easton Press (My only two exceptions with regards to restricting myself to collecting UK books are the Easton Press Tolkien books and the HM History of Middle Earth)..

Anyway, the quality is very good. Only negative comment is that the manuscript page is monochrome (the HarperCollins editions are colour). Otherwise, is typical Easton press with the Moire Silk endpapers, ribbon marker, stitched binding, 22kt gold stamping and gilt page edges, Acid Neutral paper, etc.

Cost was $98 (US), including international shipping. My guess is this is the only leatherbound version of this book we are likely to see, so might be of interest to those who typically wouldn't buy an EP volume. Certainly more for your money than the not-much-cheaper HarperCollins deluxe slipcased edition.

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If the superdeluxe was really as cheap as it always (erroneously) shows up as (on eBay, etc), they might have shifted the whole 500 copies in the last six and a half years!

Amazing to still see it is available. They must only sell a handful per year.

That said, it is still a book I really like - I just wish I didn't have three copies :)

Posted on: 2014/1/24 21:55



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