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Re: Signed Tolkien letter on eBay
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Asking a bit much, methinks. Well, nobody took it up at that price anyway. Not that that says all that much with that kind of value ...

Posted on: 2008/5/31 5:59
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Re: How do you collect - June poll
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I Think I've used all those method's at one time or other. (Maybe even the 'other' method: I don't think 'auction at Tolkien societies events' fits in any of the other options.)

Posted on: 2008/5/31 5:23
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Re: Those confounded spaces
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Well, in Dutch everyone's initials get compressed - there only is a space after the last period before the surname. Nowadays, that is, in correspondence, publications, directories etc. It used to be less common.

I find on Tolkien's works published in Dutch in the 1960s that it says "J.J.R.Tolkien" (thus without any spaces) on cover, spine and title page (and half-title), but "J. J. R. Tolkien" in the blurb on the back. On/in a completely unrelated Dutch book of the same time, printing all spaces is the norm, inside and out, text and titling.

Come we to the early 1980s, and it's "J.R.R. Tolkien" on blurb, half-title, copyright page (It was "Tolkien" with the T extending over the other letters on cover and spine at the time). And that has been the norm ever since, extended to cover and spine. And it is the norm with unrelated Dutch books published at the same times.

Posted on: 2008/5/27 10:22
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Re: Tolkien's service record
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In the transcript of Tolkien's commission application "c/o Rev. F Morgan" has been incorrectly transcribed "c/o Rev. P. Morgan".

Posted on: 2008/5/17 10:37
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Re: Upcoming Dutch Auction
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Yes, I bought both. I went there in person, it's only about 40 minutes by public transport. As I got wind of this notice (courtesy of Tinfang) too late, I could not go to the viewing days.

Both lots are as described - when you note (it's described on the auction house's site somewhere) that dustwrapper not mentioned means no dustwrapper.

The Dutch first edition I got for the low estimate (which is where Bubb Kuyper always starts the bidding) of € 50, as no-one else was bidding. Adding 20% costs and sales tax (19% over the costs only) that makes € 61,90, about $ 90 at that time. The soiling of the covers is very slight indeed, the M-e map has a slight tear not really affecting the printed area, the map of Gondor c.a. a grease stain well outside the printed area.

One should note this is a real first printing, there never was any further printing of the first edition, the second printing is already second edition (Dutch publishers at that time used to number printings continuously, nowadays they usually make a mess of things). The Dutch first printing in this state, even without dw, should do about € 50 - 80 per volume, so this was cheap indeed!

The UK first edition I got for € 160, as one pre-entered bid was running against me. So with costs and tax that is € 198,08, about $ 290 at that time. There is slight wear at the ends of the spines and corners of the covers. Included was a Billing first printing Sil (with dw), and 10 other completely unrelated 70s UK titles (all hardbound with dw) of about € 10 trade value.

I think this is about par, or slightly under, for 5th/5th/3rd printing in this state without dw, the pre-entry bidder at € 155 knew what he was doing, taking into account shipping (I had to pay a few euros train fare).

Posted on: 2008/5/15 17:32



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