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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.

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Re: Canadian 1st LOTR
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I don't believe that ISBNs came into use until '67, so don't think this could be a first printing if the first was in 1965. Also, the copyright page mentions the second edition, 1966.

Posted on: 2016/3/7 23:33


Re: Anyone competent in Icelandic?
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Berelach wrote:
I have a friend who has been living in Reykjavik for the past few years and I believe she has picked up quite a bit of the language. I'd be glad to send something over to her and I'm sure she'd be glad to help if she can.


Awesome - Much appreciated. I'll tidy it up a little further into a word document and send you a PM. Obviously no problem if she doesn't have time, but would be great if she was able to assist.

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Anyone competent in Icelandic?
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I'm trying to translate some peripherally Tolkien-related (but not by Tolkien) Icelandic poetry into English (so I know what it is about!). I'm just trying to do minimalist translation to get the basic gist, and I'm certainly making some progress, but would be a snap for anyone who knows Icelandic...

A long shot, but if anyone can help, would be appreciated!

Posted on: 2016/3/2 15:47


Re: Collection For Sale - Various Items (Advice)
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stuie wrote:
I hope there is a fan that can advise me. I have many items for sale. After 25 years of collecting, I have made the decision to put my collection up for sale, but it's so diverse. Books, art, figures, games, LP, Tape, CD, DVD, collectables from the Tolkien Society (inc a 1st edition Nigglings), badges, T -Shirts, plates, stamps, a pen knife and the list goes on. This if a difficult one to take forward due to the variety and volume of items, into hundreds. I hope someone can give me some good advise.


I suspect you would struggle to sell the collection as a whole, given the diversity (i.e. the likelihood of finding someone with the exact same set of collecting requirements as yourself is probably slim). That said, there is a chap in Brisbane called Peter Kenny who collects all manner of Tolkien stuff, so there are people out there.

I think most people end up going through the hassle of listing things individually (or in related sets) on eBay. Unless the items are especially rare, eBay will probably be a good starting point for knowing what people are paying for similar items, as well.

Worth pointing out some of the things may not have huge value relative to what you may have paid for them, especially if you bought them new (things like collector plates might only be worth a small fraction of the original retail price, for example), so it is important to have realistic expectations, especially where items have been produced in large volumes.

You could always list what items you have for sale up here as well, including a link the any auctions, which might help drum up interest. For UK books, there are definitely people that frequent the site that would have some idea of value, probably also for US ones.

The downside of any collecting is getting rid of everything if/when you lose the bug. I think this is particularly the case with collections that span many types of item.

Posted on: 2016/3/2 13:07



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