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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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Trotter wrote:
I can't wait to find Gandalf's typewriter on eBay, I'm sure it must be out there somewhere.


Nice one!

Posted on: 2011/2/7 11:44


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Gandolf's Teapot. Anyone care to comment on this? Personally, I am at a complete loss.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fine-Art-Sculptur ... 81744554625#ht_500wt_1158


Posted on: 2011/2/7 8:59


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Khamul, you are certainly right about the things that make collecting interesting. All of the intricacies that separate the various states of books are fascinating, to say the least. I think sometimes I under-appreciate the finer details. When I really think about it, though, my favorite books in my collection are the ones that have a bit of a story behind them.

Posted on: 2011/1/24 18:35


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Khamul,

In my opinion, the limiting factor with any of the bookplate laden books is of authenticity of the plate, not chronology. If the signatures are real, then they are real, and that's what counts. I think that most people agree that Harper Collins did a poor job with the plates (design, distribution, forge-ability, etc.), which certainly reduces the value when compared to a flat signed/numbered edition. But we know that a few of these were inserted (originally) into U.S. Deluxe editions, and C.R.T.'s signature still has to be of some value, regardless of how it was handled along the way. I guess I just think that none of the bookplate books are extremely desirable, and while chronology might factor into value a little, it is not a big deal in this case.

My question regarding the possible number of U.S. Deluxe editions with bookplates was asked out of simple curiosity. I was not trying to infer any enhanced value. I purchased this copy in its present state from a reputable seller (no, not flatsigned, or cavorite), for what I thought was a reasonable price. I have no plans to peel this plate and stick it into another book, nor would I ever do that. My book is in great condition and shows no signs of tampering to the bookplate (if there's a 'crook' in the book's past, they sure fooled me). I would think that if neither the book nor bookplate are damaged, then it's a pretty nice collectable. Will this book ever warrant high prices? Probably not. Is it less desirable than a U.K. Deluxe? Probably. But, in the end, it's a nice book that contains Alan Lee's and Christopher Tolkien's signatures, and I like it. (Trying to cut down on italics, but can't go cold turkey!)

Posted on: 2011/1/24 14:11


Re: Dodgy Children of Hurin Bookplates on Ebay
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Hello, All. Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread, but I wanted to run something by the forum. I recently came across a US (Houghton Mifflin) Deluxe Children of Hurin with the double signed bookplate in it. I know that from Beren's and Dunedain's posts, that some of these indeed exist. I have been comparing the images posted by Uruloke back on 1-June-07, and I believe that my copy is legitimate.

Would anyone here care to give their assessment of my copy (based on the attached photo), and can anyone make further comment on the number of known US Deluxe CoH copies that have this double signed plate in them? Thanks!

P.S. I can't remember which thread it was, but I very much agree with the recent suggestion that people begin to post actual images and screenshots, rather than links. It's quite frustrating not to be able to view all of the dead ebay links within the forum. Unfortunately, it is a lot of great reference material that essentially has been lost.

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