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Re: The Wonders of...
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Trotter wrote:


I think this one will be hanging about for decades, until or if they find a complete idiot to buy it.


Or until the price drops down to a level most suited to a generic fairly ugly fireplace...

Posted on: 2013/4/30 16:57


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Trotter wrote:
"For sale is this rare and highly collectable copy of The Hobbit (There and Back again) by J.R.R. Tolkein.

It is the Eight impression and in very good condition commensurate with its age. The spine and pages are in very good condition with only a tiny amount of foxing at some page edges. There are no rips or tears - this copy has only been read just once.
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As discussed before I am not that familiar with J.R.R. Tolkein's works, but I do like his website (shameless plug http://www.tolkeinsociety.org/).

Let's assume this is by J.R.R. Tolkien, how can you state that it has only been read once, how do you know?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Hobbit- ... ks_UK&hash=item257d58cb66





This auction contains the one phrase that irks me more than any other:

"However, it has done its job well to protect the book".

Whenever the slipcase or dustjacket is completely shagged, sellers feel the need to write this redundant and pointless phrase....

Posted on: 2013/4/29 15:37


Re: HoME Deluxe slipcased [THREE vol. in ONE slipcase]
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laurel wrote:
Interesting lot.
Is it a good price do we think? If you compare with the recent sale of the 3 histories for high £100s if not more I suppose its fairly good but on their own you could probably pick up for a lot less.

Only the second one i have seen - anyone got one ?

I bet David @ Bookshelf could make a case? anyone been down that avenue ?


The books are significantly more expensive than they could be obtained for separately, so the slipcase is adding a significant value to the lot, assuming it sells. I've had all my copies of these books for quite a few years (and probably bought when prices were at their peak), but I would guess I paid a bit more than half of the price listed all up for the 6 books.

It is pretty easy to make slipcases. The card and cloth are readily available, and anyone with a bit of craft skill can make a near perfect case for a lot less than the ones I have seen advertised by Tolkienbookshelf. The Tolkien monogram is the only tricky bit, but plain coloured slipcases are dead easy. That said, the interest in these HoME cases is that they are "genuine" and a rarity.

Posted on: 2013/4/29 10:02


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Morgan wrote:
You'll all have heard about this by now, but unfortunately the news spread in the Tolkien circles based on a link to a dubious newspaper article. This is the link to the original source (and I feel sorry for Dr Brown who got so much bad publicity for what appears to be mere invention by the author of the newspaper article):

http://rydalpenrhos.com/news/13/04/lifelong_passion_for_tolkien

My question:

As I have never attempted to do the following -- is it possible to purchase a copy of a PhD thesis (i.e., Sara Brown's thesis)? A thesis is a public document, right? How would I proceed?



If it is anything like the dissertation for my Bachelors, we had to provide two bound copies (bound specifically according to the requirements of the University), and one copy was returned after marking, and the other was lodged with the University library. I can't remember whether copyright was transferred to the University or if it remained with the author. I expect the library copy was shredded years ago, as they were mostly only of interest to future students working on their own dissertations.

Posted on: 2013/4/24 16:15


Re: _Fall of Arthur_ in 2013?
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Khamûl wrote:
Really? That's genuinely pretty surprising, what with postage seemingly more expensive than ever. Does this really affect the average buyer who's not searching quite so hard though? I mean Laurin666 says it works in Germany. Surely it would have some effect if Amazon.co.uk were listing books at the same price as the high street? (--assuming for a second there actually was a high street!) With postage this would make their books more expensive (overall) to acquire. Would it not help a bit?

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Yep, really. It is MUCH cheaper to buy books from the UK than to buy them on the high street in Australia. Australia is a bit of a basket case, mind -- probably the most expensive country on Earth at this juncture.

I just can't see how on a global scale price controls will work. The online seller will just base themselves where the price controls don't apply, and so long as their suppliers give them the books cheap enough, the postage isn't a problem.

Of course, tariffs can be introduced, but for low value items, they end up being too expensive to enforce.

Posted on: 2013/4/22 4:34



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