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Re: New Book Releases
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Khamûl wrote:
The fact that H is still a 1st imp. is quite surprising; although, recently, I was in Waterstones (at Christmas) & the 2004 deluxe they had was a first, which (again) I found surprising. Interesting to note that there are definitely 2nd imp. copies of The Silmarillion out there, & that this edition has finally been reprinted too.

BH


It may well not be a first impression. The Deluxe Hobbit has had at least one reprint without any statement of reprinting. The paper on the slipcase and cover is slightly different than the first impression, but unless you were familiar with the "genuine" 1st, you wouldn't know. They currently have it in my local bookstore.

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Re: The wonders of ABE
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garm wrote:
Here's another -

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Boo ... 6sts%3Dt%26x%3D96%26y%3D3

Look at the price! Shome mishtake, shurely?


It is only a mistake if you buy it :)

Posted on: 2012/12/23 7:03


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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