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Re: Elwe ebay auctions
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Yeah, I suppose it can go in 'wonders.' I am also baffled at the price this book commands, but I originally purchased it as an investment, and as of now, I'm still losing money! So I suppose I can't comment too much on what one should pay for this book! As for my copy, this is the only one I have ever had. I tried to sell it once before, but that sale fell through, so I held onto it until now.

Taking good photos is extremely important. As far as auctions go, I always have had the best luck starting it at a low price with no reserve. I think starting things very high is a big turn off to many people. I try to provide a lot of photos and then let the (eBay) market dictate the price.

Thanks for all the interest from TCG!

-Steve

Posted on: 2013/2/24 10:39


Re: Elwe ebay auctions
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Garm,

Thanks for the reply. I typically would not draw attention to something like the pressed "202" on the back board because I believe it is a publishers mark and not a condition point. However, I thought it was an interesting bibliographical bit and was hoping to get a little more information about it. Does anyone else's copy have that mark?

Also, I wanted to mention that I know there may be a need for more images, especially on the 1938 Hobbit. I'm not sure how to embed images in my auction description, so I was stuck with the 12 allowed by ebay. I chose to show more images that depict condition, rather than bibliographical points. My estimation was that anyone bidding on the book would know what it was just by the title page. That said, I am happy to provide any requested images to interested buyer via email. Just PM me and we'll go from there. Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/2/19 6:42


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Greetings, All. I'm in a bit of a cash pinch at the moment, so I am accelerating some book sales by venturing into the dreaded eBay waters. I've currently got a couple interesting items, including a nice copy of the OE Exodus, and a 1/1 US Hobbit with original jacket. The Hobbit is a bit worn, but still quite rare with an original jacket in any condition. I'll be adding a couple more items very soon, so please check back. All of my auctions are low start and no reserve, so these will go to the high bid. Please feel free to PM me with any questions or comments you may have. Thanks for looking!

http://www.ebay.com/sch/alpinebooks/m ... rksid=p2045573.m570.l1540

P.S. I'm no code master, so I simply replied to an old thread that Jeremy helped me with that showed my current ebay listings. The current items should show in the original post above.

Posted on: 2013/2/18 17:03

Edited by Elw on 2013/2/18 17:45:02


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"Great if you only want to slap the jacket on a first edition. This one is identified as the 19th printing, though it lacks a date. We'd estimate 1940s. A British first edition could cost you as much as $50,000. It had the same jacket as this one."

Oh dear! Does this mean my "$50,000" GA&U Hobbit might have a 19th printing HM jacket on it?



http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-1940S-TH ... 58933b6128#ht_4059wt_1402


Posted on: 2012/4/3 18:05


Re: The Silmarillion 1982 Super Deluxe #90 [eBay]
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Deagol wrote:
Elwe - What did you use to clean it?


I didn't do much to clean that copy of the SD Hobbit. It had a somewhat waxy, but dry residue (a little of which was powdery), primarily in the hinge area, to each side of the spine. However, in my case, it was a brand new book with pristine leather, not faded or worn whatsoever. To remove the residue, I used a very soft dry cloth at first, which removed most. For a couple stubborn spots, I very lightly dampened the corner of said cloth with water. I wiped the residue clean and followed with the dry cloth. Probably not the best practice, but the damp cloth never came close to paper, and wasn't allowed to remain on the leather for more than a second or two. Although I never observed any ill effects of my treatment, if faced with the same situation again I would probably only use the dry microfiber.

You would think there would be 'leather conditioning' products available specifically for books, but I don't know of anything I would use regularly or trust for use on rare or antiquarian books. I know that the best thing for leather books is actually to handle them and allow the oils from your hands to condition the leather. However, my hands are usually so dry that they would be pulling oil from the book instead of giving it, and most of my books never get handled anyway for fear of damaging them. So, what to do?...

That said, if it were copy #90 of the Super Deluxe Silmarillion (or any other copy of the SD Silmarillion) that needed cleaning, I wouldn't touch it. If any restoration/cleaning were required, I would send to a professional. If this were an Easton Press Silmarillion, I might consider attempting to clean it myself, but those books are easy to replace and relatively cheap - not even in the same category as the Super Deluxe Sil.

Congratulations to whomever is the new proud owner of #90!

-Steve

Posted on: 2012/2/14 8:15



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