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Re: The Wonders of...
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For me, this is a "Wonders of" on so many levels

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/tolkien-book-store/001266.htm


"History of Middle-Earth 3 Volume Box Set, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by Harper Collins in 2002, these are later printings, #1 is a 6th impression, #2 a 5th impression and #3 is a 5th impression".


The wording is ambiguous, but I think this at least hints that this is a 2002 set, but with those impressions, it is the reprint boxed set published a couple of years back (2012, I think), which is still available brand new, and for a lot less money. At least, this should be made clear, especially given the comments about how hard to find the set it is (which definitely implies it is the original set, as that IS hard to find).


"The 3 volumes are all in Near Fine condition, in Near Fine dustjackets, now protected in archival protectors, except for a large bump to the upper left corner of the slipcase and the same corner of book number 1 is bumped as well."


Er.... No. The 3 volumes are NOT in Near Fine condition. Volume 1 is completely knackered. You can't just add "Except for [INSERT MASSIVE DAMAGE HERE]" to the description "Near Fine", otherwise every book in the world could be classed as Near Fine with some qualifier attached.


It has not split the seams of the case or anything more than wrinkled the rear boards of the book. Unfortunately the shipping damage of this type is quite common, due to the very heavy weight of this set, and the fairly fragile nature of the case.

Seriously, this set is knackered, and it is supposed to be OK because "loads of them are knackered". I have to say that mine turned up undamaged from Book Depository, so they didn't all get bumped in the post!


"A very hard to find set, let alone one with the publishers slipcase."

No, it isn't hard to find. Without the slipcase these are two-a-penny and available cheaply. The slipcased set is still available new, given that this is not the original version of this boxed set. Try Book Depository (USD 224 inc. shipping), Amazon ($241), tolkien.co.uk (RRP GBP 180).


It has not split the seams of the case or anything more than wrinkled the rear boards of the book

As per the pictures, the case and first volume are toast from a collectabilty perspective. There are genuinely two near fine volumes there, plus a slipcase and single volume that are fit for the bin. I understand that seriously damaged books can have value to collectors, especially when genuinely rare, but these aren't rare, despite the claims that they are.


I get irked by dealers playing down faults in books, and some dealers are worse than others, especially for the "near fine, except" trick. I know the pictures are all here in this case, so nothing is being hidden, but why the need for the marketing spin?

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Posted on: 2014/8/22 18:50

Edited by Stu on 2014/8/22 19:39:19
Edited by Stu on 2014/8/23 4:51:52
Edited by Stu on 2014/8/23 4:52:48


Re: Trotter's Profile
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Excellent collection, Trotter. When my wife complains that I have too many books, I will simply point her at your collector's profile URL and that should keep her quiet about my measly collection for a few more years :)

Posted on: 2014/8/21 3:12


Re: The Wonders of...
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Jlong wrote:
I saw that one. Is it even possible to determine which edition that came from?



It would probably be possible to narrow it down based on the typeface of the GA&U lettering on the spine and the alignment of the three colours in the artwork which varies from impression to impression.

Definitely isn't from any of the first edition printings - can say that much.

Posted on: 2014/8/20 22:41


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Someone got ripped off with this one...

eBay Item #171344306763

Posted on: 2014/8/20 21:14


Re: History of Middle Earth - Deluxe Ltd 1000
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Khamûl wrote:
Vol. I:
2011 £381($610), £500, £342($531)
2012 £286($462)
2013 Nothing noted
2014 £225

Vol. II:
2011 £226($350), £227($352), £157(E188), £167(E200), £168(E201)
2012 £195, £183, £135($218)
2013 £117
2014 Nothing noted

Vol. III:
2011 £122, £117, £175, £194($300), £194($302), £140(E168), £123(E148), £122(E146)
2012 £210, £129, £101($163)
2013 Nothing noted
2014 £190

Full Set (three volumes):
2011 Nothing noted
2012 Nothing noted
2013 £780 "Best offer" accepted; full price unrecorded
2014 £815($1350) "Best offer" accepted; this also, it should be noted, inc. a matching LR + H (both 1st imp.); Buy-it-now was $1750(~£1055)

BH


These are some earlier numbers (from checking my purchase records), for what it is worth:

Vol. I:
2007 US$ 527

Vol. II:
2007 E201

Vol. III:
2007 £129 (Shrinkwrapped), E150 (not shrinkwrapped)


Shoulda paid less as it turns out. Volume 1 was quite hard to come by back then, though :) I'd say the price trend is downwards in real terms, and probably fairly static in purely numeric terms.

Posted on: 2014/8/20 18:21

Edited by Stu on 2014/8/20 20:47:06



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