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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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Khamûl wrote:
They're fantastic. So is DM; really helpful guy. Also, they do add value. Come on!, they look great...

BH


Sorry, I really have to disagree. I don't believe they add *financial* value (I chose my wording very specifically). Most embellishments don't. I'm not saying they aren't nice (although I don't personally like the style of slipcase in your image), but a set of common books doesn't suddenly become valuable because you stick them in a nice slipcase (and I'm not arguing that David M. doesn't produce some very nice slipcases -- he does).

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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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Worth pointing out that they aren't "collectable", so they don't add financial value to an ordinarily slipcased book that is missing the original slipcase. They are kind of like facsimile dust jackets in that regard. I'd still consider buying the odd one, but I do recognise a sales tool when I see one (and they seem to be used to justify some pretty out there prices on fairly ordinary books, IMHO).

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Re: Unfinished Tales 1st Ed, 1st Print
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Morinehtar wrote:
I see a lot of those "true first edition" claims, some priced at around $400 with a faded spine! It is also worrisome that several sellers use "Near Fine" to describe copies ranging from Fine to VG.


Dogfark on eBay is one of the worst for making those claims, and suggesting real collectors would only ever bother with Clowes. Of course, he had an overpriced Clowes for sale..

Posted on: 10/31 17:45:37


Re: Unfinished Tales 1st Ed, 1st Print
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Trotter wrote:
Stu,

Thanks for posting your images of UT, your spine is in a much less faded condition than mine, is yours a 1st/1st impression as my copy has a GA&U price sticker for £7.50 and yours looks like it is nearly £9, pretty big price increase by GA&U at the time.

Does anyone own a copy with a GA&U price sticker of less than £7.50, i.e. was it sold for less?



Yes, is 1st/1st, but was in a GA&U box that also contained 1st/2nds and various other GA&U books (including Silmarillions). I have no reason to believe that the DJ was swapped from a later impression.

Posted on: 10/31 12:30:46


Re: UT and Sil 1st Ed, 1st Print
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Morinehtar wrote:
Follow-up PM sent.

I think maybe I just worry too much.

The copy with minimal bubbling is a Clowes, so I think its worth it. Since that is the only defect I think you can grade it as F book with NF jacket with no fading. I mean this is a book that is 40 years old anyways and you can't expect perfection - in fact looks better than a lot of new books I get on mail!

Regarding UT there are no decent copies out there right now. I will just wait for now.



I tend to think you can expect fairly close to perfection on common titles, even taking into account the age. Remember the 250,000 copy print run! If not close to perfect, the book should at least be fairly cheap!

Posted on: 10/30 15:47:16



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