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Khamûl wrote:
I broadly agree.

The CoH bookplates are a slightly troublesome example though. These were pre-signed but actually stuck in by the publisher (as has been said) at the point of purchase. Nobody (although, I'm sure there may have been one or two) received these signed bookplates loose with the book they purchased in Piccadilly, London on publication day. Sophistication, maybe; but certainly of publisher origin, & not some later cobbled together cut-letter + book nonsense. So, I certainly agree these belong together. The bookplate certainly doesn't belong in any other book.

That said, I think it's really splitting hairs, for example, to suggest Christopher signing a pile of loose sheets in the South of France that would later be bound into a completed book (i.e. the signed limitation pages of all "super" deluxe editions), is really that different from him signing a little sticky piece of paper, as with CoH. These seem more legitimate, but CT certainly never had a book in hand. A 1977 Silmarillion flat-signed at Museum St. prior to its release is, on the other hand, a proper signed book.

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From my perspective, I don't think there is a great deal of difference between the two scenarios that you describe. The key for me is that there is an intent for the book and the page (or the book and the plate) to be together -- it isn't just some random mismatched pairing to make a fast buck.

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Urulöké wrote:
How do you feel about signed bookplates then, Stu? Not meaning the published limited editions with bookplates, but there have been original bookplates (such as at the Children of Hurin release parties) that people added to books.


Well, I tend to think that those release party bookplates were always intended to be put into copies of CoH, so I think they do add value to the intended recipient books as they have an intended relationship.

When it comes to other signatures, I always feel that the tipped in signature would be better wherever it originated and the book would be better original also. The individual unmolested items are better than the whole (a kind of reverse synergy!) I just don't see the need to stick two essentially unrelated items together to pretend that something is signed.

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Urulöké wrote:
"It's worth a lot. Because it's SIGNED. REALLY. ON A PIECE OF PAPER I TAPED INTO THE BOOK."

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P.S. Nothing wrong with tipped in signatures (assuming this one is real), but I don't think it adds anywhere near this amount of value, if much of any.



I would say a tipped in signature devalues the book. It makes it less original.

Posted on: 2013/8/12 16:29


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Urulókë wrote:
Thanks all who have responded!

So remy and Stu, it sounds like you manually snipe? There is software out there to schedule snipes with (auctionsniper.com for example) - curious if you have used something like that, avoid it, or were unaware.


Yeah, aware that there is stuff out there to do it. Have just never gotten around to trying any of the automated snipers. I probably should, though, for the night time auctions.

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I will snipe on something that I really, really want, but most auctions end during the Antipodean night, so I generally can't be bothered. It is also a technique that isn't so effective now that everyone does it.

Posted on: 2013/8/9 17:31

Edited by Stu on 2014/8/30 16:07:00



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