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Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin
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The initial rush of CoH orders were certainly filled sequentially (I got #3), but they subsequently gave up on preserving order. I picked up copy #461 (if I remember correctly) roughly a year and a half ago. I think they on-sold copies to other distributors (and these may well have been on a sale-or-return basis) so I imagine the numbers would naturally be all over the place.

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Posted on: 2011/1/14 14:45


Re: Recent Tolkien events
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Without wanting to be mean-spirited, if Mark's emails to the Tolkien Society were as poorly written as that one, I am unsurprised that they weren't followed up. Sheesh, he really needs a proof-reader.

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Re: Recent Tolkien events
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Trotter asked:
what do people think about Mark's claims on rare Tolkien items. " Rare Tolkien books remain one of the safest and consistent investments. While values rise sporadically, rarely if ever have they fallen. With the new film coming out, prices are bound to rise. Consider expanding your collection of art and books. " Do you agree?


To be honest, as soon as I read Mark's comment, I was irked. If he was selling a financial product, the "Prices are bound to rise" statement would actually be illegal (in Australia, anyway). In truth, the whole comment is garbage - In Australian terms, I can buy books today priced in Sterling for about half the price I could a couple of years ago, so you could say that values have effectively dropped by 50% (for me) just on the currency movement alone.

Pretty much any non-biased commentator believes that the trend is most likely to be for asset prices to (continue to) fall over the coming years. People will spend what little spare money they have on food, water and power (which are all going to increase in cost massively). Precious metals (real metal, not paper metal) are IMHO a far safer investment than books. I can find you a handful of people that want a super-deluxe, but I can find you a lot of people that want gold.

Like I always say, buy books because you like them, not because they are going to make you rich or protect your wealth.

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Posted on: 2011/1/8 19:44


Re: Super Deluxe values
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@boneschops - I would pick them up on eBay. I think you can probably do better than the two-for-one, particularly with S&G.

Posted on: 2010/12/30 15:56


Re: Cancelled - Wheelbarrows at Dawn: Memories of Hilary Tolkien
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"You also have to see that the copyright is there "possession" - and so if you want to do anything you will need to ask permission. Why is it logic so for people to ask permission to lend items, to enter archives, etc but think they can publish anything they like. It is not because I own many handwritten letters by J.R.R. Tolkien that I can just start publishing them... don't you see the logic?"

Of course anything written by Tolkien would naturally be the IP of his estate (although I believe this is not necessarily the case in all locales). Anyway, I'm not arguing that anyone should be able to publish anything that they like, and anything that is published needs to be demonstrably factual (and certainly not libelous, especially in the UK). Most books about Tolkien that would feature small extracts of his work for the purposes of criticism would be covered by the doctrine of fair use. There is really absolutely no requirement to have the authorisation of the estate to write a book about Tolkien, depending on the content. I'm sure plenty of books about Tolkien do not have any explicit approval. If the book uses material copyright of the estate, then that is another matter (again, subject to fair use).

However, where an author or estate is very powerful, challenging that something falls under the fair use doctrine is probably next to impossible.

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Posted on: 2010/11/9 2:43



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