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Re: Is my Book of Lost Tales 1 a 1st/1st?
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aceofspades1916 wrote:
Hello.

Online, I recently purchased a "Brand New" copy of JRR/Christopher Tolkien's "The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales (Part 1)" for $30.00 (American Edition).

The number line reads: QWF 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

I bought it based on the fact that the number line appears complete and the seller listed it as a "1st Edition". However, I have my doubts now because the text on the top of the front of dusk jacket reads "THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH, VOLUME I, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN", but on another copy I own (which I believe to be a 1st/1st (has full number line)), the top text only reads: "THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN". Also, the copy I already own has "Part One" in GOLD font at the bottom of the dust jacket front (right above "JRR TOLKIEN"), and the book i just bought has the "Part One" in WHITE text.

One of them must NOT be a 1st/1st if their is ANY difference at all in the dusk jacket text, correct? Or maybe the seller put a later-printed dusk jacket on the book? He says he didn't, but who knows.

Additionally, what do the letters ("QWF") next to the number line mean?... NOTE: the copy I already own has an "S" as opposed to the "QWF".

Thanks very much!



It certainly differs from my 1st/1st of the US BoLT 1:

- On my copy, "Part One" on the front is gold.
- On my copy, the number line starts with "S", not QWF.
- On my copy, the "Volume 1" is omitted from the title.
- On my copy there is no ISBN for the paperback, which makes sense as the Hardback would have been published long before there was a paperback version.
- On my copy, HM address is 2 Park Street, Boston Mass, not the New York Address. I think they changed to New York some time in 1991 or 1992.

My copy has a price of $14.95 - what price is listed on yours, as that should tell you how recent it is. For comparison, the 1st/1st of Peoples in 1996 was $26.95

Some kind of Book Club Edition? What publisher is shown on the spine (HM or HMH?)

Posted on: 2013/5/5 20:17

Edited by Stu on 2013/5/5 20:47:08


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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laurel wrote:
Stu
to make you feel better
1 - I paid the same amount as you 4 weeks after you brought yours ?!?!?
2 - My selling exp tells me you could sell for that sort of figure today if you wished so not lost any money
3 check out this one - suprised no one highlighted it . It went for even more!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Limited-Edi ... 253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc



Thanks, Laurel. Hopefully I will never need to sell it, as if this book is getting sold, it means everything else I own is likely going too!

Posted on: 2013/5/5 7:36


Re: WANTED: US/HM 1998 Silmarillion Hb (Nasmith)
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Khamûl wrote:
The postage situation is just a huge pain in the backside. Postage for items coming over from the US was always something I kept an eye on, but now it's literally stopping me buying anything from overseas. I mean, $25-30-40 to get a book posted over!? This is just far, far too much money. I'm looking at sellers asking for postage of £20+ for pamphlets & the like. It's just not affordable anymore.

As for Amazon --I intend to buy as little as possible from them (direct) from now on. (I already bought very little from them anyway.) I only bought two books on Amazon last year & haven't bought anything from them this year.

BH


I basically no longer buy from the US at all. The problem seems to partly be eBay, because the postage estimates it generates are by no means the cheapest way to post. The flat rate USPS boxes were always the cheapest (maybe $20 to Australia, but other USPS services were often twice as much). Now it seems like sellers just go with the most expensive default option, which seems to be $40 - $60 for a regular hardback, which is insane. Postage from the UK isn't nearly as bad, but unless it is something worth more than 50 pounds that I want to inspect before leaving feedback (which is rare for me these days), I just go with the in-laws option and accept that I won't see the item for a year (or more, if like this time there was too much stuff for my wife to bring back :)).

Posted on: 2013/5/5 5:05


Re: Poor Journalism
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Khamûl wrote:
My wife and I have in our Tolkien collection multiple copies of multiple printings of Tree and Leaf...
--Findegil

He probably read that & thought I think Mr Hammond's exaggerating slightly there...

BH


Depressingly, I don't have any copies of any printings of Tree and Leaf.

A situation that I intend to remedy at some point !

Posted on: 2013/5/4 6:15


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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Khamûl wrote:
I think the number you were trying to recall was £595...

Stu: The GBP 595 copy was me, and was a "what the hell" purchase as it was my 40th birthday



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Damn, in another few years, I'd have convinced myself I only paid GBP 200. Now you have reset the counter back to 595. Bah!

Posted on: 2013/5/3 16:16



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