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Re: The Wonders of...
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Urulöké wrote:
I agree with you, but have no real hope that the general ebay seller will figure out the difference between copyright date and impression date. If they do, likely they will chose to emphasize whichever they feel will increase the value of what they have for sale.



You have hit the nail on the head with " they will chose to emphasize whichever they feel will increase the value of what they have for sale". For the most part, this is what sellers are doing, IMHO. Some sellers are genuinely confused, many are just deceptive (I've had plenty where I have pointed out the mistake choose not to correct their auctions).

Posted on: 2015/2/13 14:04


Re: The Wonders of...
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Trotter wrote:
A not very rare Silmarillion, but listed as a very mad price :(

eBay Item #381122028007


That seller has cropped up before. Always has the pointless photocopy of the will as a "bonus item". I think was also guilty of the horrible red Guild Hobbit in a dustjacket.

Also, spectacularly failed to notice that Beanie Babies are now worth nothing....

eBay Item #381122028002

Posted on: 2015/2/8 13:44


Re: The Wonders of...
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Khamûl wrote:

Back to eBay tho'...
eBay Item #381131269140
What, what, what?! £157 this time!

BH


I'm surprised HC haven't reprinted this yet (but I suspect they will at some point). The 2004 Deluxe Hobbits were creeping up strongly in price a few years back due to lack of availability, and then HC did a (presumably less expensive Hong Kong) reprint, which pushed them back to being a 20-30 pounds book on the used market. I don't ever see eBay listings that distinguish between the original print and reprint, as I suspect most people don't know the difference, anyway.

Posted on: 2015/1/28 13:59

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Trotter wrote:
I have seen a lot worse, but I like the description

World's worst copies - truly terrible to behold !

eBay Item #391040017507



Makes a nice change from "Near Fine", which seems to be the default claim that most book dealers make for their books these days, no matter how damaged the book might be.

Posted on: 2015/1/27 14:22


Re: Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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dis wrote:
The first LOTR paperbacks were published by Ballantine Books in October 1965. To look for early Ballantine editions, you need to specify the cover artist (Barbara Remington) and the printing date. I do not recall these ever being sold as a boxed set, though I could be mistaken. So Fellowship would be labeled "First Printing, October 1965", The Two Towers is labeled "First Printing: November, 1965", and I suspect (but am uncertain) that The Return of the King might be listed as "December, 1965" but in the event all were released in October, 1965 and the corrected date can be found in later printings.
However, you might not want to confine your search to just the First Printings, as some changes were made: for example, the first 3 or so printings of Fellowship had the Ring inscription upside down, later corrected; and changes were made in some of the Elvish sayings, I think around the time of the 8th printing.
But be sure to check the printing dates! Ballantine went through so many printings that after a hundred or so they started renumbering with "First Printing" again!
Collecting Ballantine editions can be quite interesting. I believe that the Tolkien Collection of Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI has a complete set of Ballantine, so they might be able to provide more detailed information.


Pretty sure there was a boxed set (a fairly plain grey or green, I think?).

Posted on: 2015/1/26 19:07



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