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Re: 1969 India Paper LOTR single volume first edition
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That's a great story, and in my opinion, this is a nostalgia piece I probably wouldn't touch. There's nothing wrong with a well used book, unless you were ever trying to present it for sale, which doesn't sound like your intention.

However, as far as restoration is concerned, everything is possible, but could be costly. Any repairs to sheets can be time consuming and require building up layers of rice paper. The staining to the buckram cover also would be pretty tough to repair. If it is grime, it could be professionally cleaned, but fading or staining would require someone to fill in the faded regions, which again is very time consuming.

The most cost effective approach would be to leave the book as it is, and maybe have the slipcase restored or replaced. If you really wanted a nice clean copy for display, you could easily track down a different copy in better condition, and for cheaper than restoration of your current copy, especially if you were willing to compromise on publication year. This edition was printed (albeit with a tray type box instead of slipcase) for many years after 1969, and later copies can be found in mint condition for pretty cheap. If you wanted a slipcase instead of the box, just talk to David Miller from the Tolkien Bookshelf. He's real good with these. Here's a link to the nice felt lined version he makes for this particular book:

http://www.tolkienbookshelf.com/pages ... -paper-edition-black-faux

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for sharing your story!

-Steve

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Re: Elwe ebay auctions
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Elwë wrote:
Hello, everyone. I have listed a few new items on ebay, including a US first printing LotR set. Please take a look. Thanks!



Just added an early US set of LotR, and a 1955 UK Hobbit.

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Re: Elwe ebay auctions
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BH,

Also, if you look at the beginning of this thread, you are actually seeing my current auctions live. All the links work and should take you straight to the actual auction. This was an HTML set-up by Jeremy to simply pull my current items from ebay and place them in a nice format here in the forum thread. I chose to use this thread for advertising my current auctions (as opposed to starting a new one) because it had this nice little feature! Thanks again to Jeremy!

I am planning to list a couple more items here in the next few hours, and you will see them show up in that first post as soon as I do.

-Steve

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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

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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!

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