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Re: Question...monsters and the critics?
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Yes, I was going to mention the price. My 1971 reprint cost 30p, that is, 30 new pence (the UK went decimal in 1970). 3s is short for three shillings; 30p was the equivalent of six shillings.

Let's see; according to my copy of Peter Sutcliffe's 'The Oxford University Press: An Informal History (Oxford, 1978), John Johnson was Printer to the University from 1925-1946, which I guess makes yours a first printing. Unless anyone can come up with an objection.


Posted on: 2010/4/13 11:41


Re: Question...monsters and the critics?
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The first thing is to check the name of the publisher - the 1st printing, and most of the reprints are by Oxford University Press. Then see whether there's a later date on the reverse of the title page. (my 1971 reprint lists reprints in 1958, 1960, 1963)

Check the size of the booklet - the first printing is roughly 25cm by 16cm. (10X6.5 in) I think later printings are smaller?

Posted on: 2010/4/13 10:08


Re: The wonders of eBay
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Never seen so many 'first editions' which aren't actually firsts -

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/theaeniad/m.ht ... 2&_odkw=&_osacat=0&bkBtn=

Mind you, the Gandalf figure looks tasty

Posted on: 2010/4/9 14:20


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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That's still expensive - I bought a one - off signed book for £35.00, not so many years ago. Just luck I expect. Though if anyone were to ask me what's a good price for a CT signature, I'd have to admit I don't know.

Posted on: 2010/4/8 13:57


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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Yes, that's a silly price for a Silmarillion - and Christopher's autograph can't be worth as much as that, can it? (no offence to CT)

As for the Wolfe book - words fail one, don't they?

Posted on: 2010/4/8 9:43



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