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Re: Art of the LoTR slipcase
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I don't think there is a hard and fast convention, but single-book slipcases from publishers I have books from have the "front-facing" information on the right of the slipcase, assuming the opening is facing towards you. Multi-book slipcases (for paperback sets, etc) seem to be a bit more random, but also more often than not follow this convention.

In this case, I'd guess a minor communications cock up between publisher and printer. Obligatory moan about everything being done in China to the detriment of our own economy, etc, etc...

Posted on: 2016/4/13 16:29


Re: The Old English Exodus
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Yeah. Was glad to find it. It seems like there should be plenty of them out there, really, even if half (at a guess) ended up in various libraries. I expect there will be plenty of them floating about with pages removed to disguise their library origins at some point.

I don't normally bid on auctions in the US or ones that use the Global Shipping Program, but I made an exception for this one, which was in Utah (and spent quite a bit of time making sure the seller packaged it properly in an appropriately sized flat rate box with internal padding, rather than a padded envelope). eBay still opened it, but at least they didn't repackage or do any damage. I figure if you overpack or under-pack, you are screwed when it comes to GSP auctions. That said, it arrived very quickly (less than a week).

Posted on: 2016/4/10 23:44


Re: The Wonders of...
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Near Fine?..... Yeah, right. The damage from the removed bookplate / library plate (whatever it was) is really pretty nasty and the DJ isn't in fab shape. I don't know why sellers feel the need to exaggerate their gradings so much with Tolkien books.

eBay Item #131758957684

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Re: The Wonders of...
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Yes, trying to persuade someone elsewhere online who has TT and RoTK from the movie tie-in/special edition set (but is missing FoTR) not to pay more than retail for a copy of the matching FoTR. Unfortunately people look at Abe and eBay and only see these ridiculous overpriced listings and start to think the books are valuable. When in actual fact it is simply that they haven't started to churn onto the secondary market yet.

I looked at my copies last night, and I'm still seething that I paid HarperCollins full price for them. At best one could call them low-end paperbacks badly glued into cardboard/cloth.

Posted on: 2016/4/8 14:18


Re: The Wonders of...
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Lost for words. I received this set from HarperCollins and wanted to kill it with fire it was so rubbish. In fact, this was the set that stopped me collecting new Tolkien books. Maybe I should put 'em on eBay...

eBay Item #111959342492

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Posted on: 2016/4/8 4:24



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