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SonOfDolf wrote:
Never seen such a high priced book on Ebay. $75,000 buy it now for a 1/1 Hobbit. Bidding starts at $50,000. Maybe this belongs in the other thread.

http://www.ebay.nl/itm/140744075617?s ... m1423.l2649#ht_862wt_1396



Anyone who pays this kind of money for a book without having an even-bigger-mug (TM) to shift it onto is an idiot.

At this level, I think buyers are primarily speculators.

Posted on: 2012/4/26 15:07


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Khamul wrote:
Morgan --you're mental! When did you start collecting US editions anyway?

In regard to the description (Stu), pretty hard to argue that this is mis-described. With number line use there is no stated date for the impression itself --so what other date, besides the copyright date, is the seller going to give? e.g. LotRs 2004 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (like the matching H you're talking about in the other thread Stu). If this was number lined "3456789", people would still refer to it as the "2004 3rd impression", despite the printing date of the 3rd impression probably not being 2004; but 2005, 2006 etc. It doesn't say. Only collateral information (e.g. from correspondence with HC) would allow you to confidently state the actual date of this impression's physical printing.
[If this is what you refer to in regard to any mis-describing! ]

BH

EDIT: Of course, if the jacket isn't original to this particular copy, then you might have a case.


That is what I was referring to. The 25th impression should not have a modern $14.95 jacket with a barcode. The book and jacket don't match, but there is nothing in the listing to state that. It is moot anyway as the seller has done the right thing.

Posted on: 2012/4/26 14:42


Re: HC Hobbit Deluxe Edition (2004)
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No number line.

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Posted on: 2012/4/26 14:40


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Morgan wrote:
Seems I was too fast clicking on "buy" -- I've contacted the seller to see if it's possible with a refund (s/he has likely not sent the book yet). Thank you, Stu. I should have known better than order something appearing in this thread!


The book was incorrectly described, so may be able to get your money back from Paypal if the seller is unwilling to co-operate.

Posted on: 2012/4/26 1:14


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Morgan wrote:
Thanks for the links, Red. I couldn't resist buying the 1966 Hobbit, seemed to be in a very good condition and quite a good price!


Unless they started using barcodes in 1966, that isn't a 1966 Hobbit. I'm pretty sure that US Editions always state the copyright as being 1966, even on much later printings...

Edit: The book states 25th printing, which is from 1968 (if the article I just looked at is correct), so the dust jacket with the barcodes does not match the book.

Posted on: 2012/4/26 0:29

Edited by Stu on 2012/4/26 0:40:31



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