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Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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Great to hear you got your book, Trotter. One question... Does it happen to have the nice hand-cut hole on the side like the Hobbit and LotR had, or is it solid like the CoH and Silmarillion?

Also, would love to see photos! I am afraid I must wait for my copy as I am stuck getting the Amazon version since Tolkien.co.uk will not ship this one to the U.S.

Posted on: 2008/11/19 10:21
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Super Deluxe Children of Hurin - Great Price for U.S. Collectors!
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I just picked up another copy of the Signed Limited Deluxe Children of Hurin from the Tolkien.co.uk website. As most of you know, they are now making it available to U.S. customers. It may be a blessing in disguise that this was not previously available in the U.S. since the dollar has gotten much stronger against the pound recently than it was back when the book was first released (it was 2:1 back then!). There is also a 10% off coupon code available now (TOLK01). That brings the price down to GBP 315.00 + GBP 5.00 shipping. At today's exchange rate, that is less than $500.00. I believe that is an excellent deal for a fully leather bound book signed by both Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee. If you have the cash now, this is great investment. I would expect that these won't be around for retail sale much longer (however, the poor economy probably will hinder sales, so I may be wrong).

A quick word about using the coupon code.... I tried to use it and it gave an error message saying that the code was invalid. However, after deleting it and progressing to checkout, the 10% discount was applied and the transaction was successful.

I don't mean to sound like a saleman for Harper Collins, but having already owned a copy of this book and knowing how much I enjoy it, I want to make sure that anyone else who might love this book gets an opportunity to pick it up at possibly the best price it will be before it is sold-out.

Posted on: 2008/11/18 9:44
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Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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Beren said, "They will be for sale thru tolkien.co.uk, but don't know if you can buy more then one copy or that they will be available outside the UK. "

I am in the US and I can confirm that i was unable to purchase the Deluxe TPR from Tolkien.co.uk because, "The item cannot be shipped to the country listed." I am not sure if it can be shipped outside the UK and just not to the United States, however.

I can, apparently, buy the Super Deluxe CoH, but I already have a couple of those. Unfortunately, my Oxford contact is no longer there to have the signed TPR delivered. Oh well, there is always ebay.

Posted on: 2008/11/13 10:57
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Re: The Silmarillion Clowes 1st edition variant 1
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This one gets even more confusing, even for the experienced collector. Here is a link to a thread started back in February regarding first edition variants of the Silmarillion:

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... ost_id=3290#forumpost3290

As you can see, there are actually two variants of the true first printing (Clowes and Sons, export edition). The main features of these two variants are (taken from the aforementioned thread):

Variant 1) Dark blue cloth binding, with blue and white striped headband and dyed blue top edge. Also, on Page 352, 6th line from the bottom reads, "Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea."

Variant 2) Dark blue textured paper binding, no headband and no dye to top edge. Page 352, 6th line from the bottom reads, "Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea. (Because the 'and' should not be in Italics and was corrected, the second variant must have been printed after the first.)

All this said, even if you had the first variant of the first printing, the true value is difficult to determine. There may be certain pricelists that show high values for this book, however, the book is really not that rare from what I have seen. Many copies were printed during the first run making it fairly easy to obtain. I purchased a copy within the last year on ebay for less than $50.00USD. I am really no expert, but I would tend to think that $200.00USD might be a decent price. If you had the means to properly advertise your book (through various collectible book venues) and don't mind waiting a while, you might eventually get more out of it, but it could take a while. The value of anything is exactly the price that someone else is willing to pay at a given time. With the current state of the economy, and the fact that the Silmarillion is not collected quite like the 'Hobbit' or 'Lord of the Rings,' $200 seems quite reasonable and maybe even very good.

Again, I am certainly not an expert in collectible book pricing. This is just my gut feeling about this book. Take a look on ebay and other sites like abebooks.com to get a feel for the market. Also, I would love to hear other's opinions on this matter, as I know a lot of you are much more knowledgeable than I on this subject.

Posted on: 2008/9/22 10:55
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Re: Collector burnout discussion
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I also have experienced the "spousal" form of burnout. For me, though, it has come in the form of,

"You spent how much on those books?!?!"

The resulting guilt has led to things like,

"Don't worry, honey, I'll sell some other books to make up for the new ones."

So goes my collecting experience. The collection grows and grows until it hits a (usually financial) breaking point, then it retracts. After a while it continues to grow again. It's almost like a living thing, hopefully improving with age. It isn't altogether a bad system. My collection stays relatively modest in size, but I feel it has become higher quality.

You are right, Rowns, you will never get everything, but that is part of the beauty of it. There is always room for improvement and growth, which is what keeps a collector going. Now, help me come up with an excuse/explanation for that 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion I need to buy!

Posted on: 2008/4/24 18:01
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