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Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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I found these on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/A-TOLKIEN-AND-C-S ... tible?hash=item439b157213

http://cgi.ebay.com/A-TOLKIEN-SIGNED- ... tible?hash=item439b156322

Personally, I am REALLY skeptical about the Lewis book signed by Tolkien. It is a well known fact that Tolkien hated The Chronicles of Narnia. Why would he sign a book he didn't like? And the fact that Lewis signed it makes it even more suspicious in my mind. At this time (1958 or later), Tolkien and Lewis were not close at all. If these signatures are authentic, which I highly doubt, this book is indeed one of the rarest items I've ever seen. I've never seen a Lewis book signed by Tolkien, and I think I've seen only one item signed by both Lewis and Tolkien, but it was also signed by a number of the other Inklings as well. Moreover, this book is also an ex-library copy, which also seems odd to me given the signatures.

The Higgins letter is the 4th I've seen so far; I think all of them originally appeared on eBay at different times but are now being sold as a collection for a lot more money: http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=249424090&aid=aa&t=1#

I am skeptical about these "Higgins" letters because they are all very similar in look, none of them have dates, and their content is extremely vague. Not to mention the fact that if this person was really as close to the Tolkiens as the other letters seem to suggest, someone should have heard of him before. He is not mentioned in the C & G Reader's Guide.

I would like to hear what Pieter, Wayne, Christina, or anyone else thinks about these rather strange eBay items.

Posted on: 2009/10/29 18:47


Re: The wonders of eBay
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Wow! Only $2,900 for a paperback copy. I think this has to be the most overpriced Tolkien book I've seen on eBay, especially considering the book's condition. I think perhaps 29 cents is a more reasonable starting bid. http://cgi.ebay.com/Lord-of-the-Rings ... e83b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Posted on: 2009/10/1 19:54


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Wow! "Very collectible Tolkien first printing" Here is a real rarity; only $150, but unfortunately it also has a reserve. Only $300 if you want to buy it now. :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Silmarillion- ... 7cef&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Posted on: 2009/9/12 13:48


Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Garm, I believe you are correct that Monsters & the Critics is still under copyright. However, I think electronic versions of texts can sometimes prove useful for research purposes. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with owning an electronic version of a text that you already own a hard copy of, but, of course, it is different when the texts are being distributed online for free and the texts in question are still under copyright.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 18:11


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Yeah, I saw Drout's book there as well. I also thought that strange as it must still be under copyright. I think they may have gotten Tolkien's essay Monsters & the Critics mixed up with Drout's book. Well, at least that seems to make sense to me.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 12:37



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