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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Khamûl wrote:
I'm not sure if I have a copy quite that perfect (i.e. under the light there is not a scratch on it; which I suspect is how good Stu's copy really is), but it's not that difficult to find jackets which looked literally unmarked; covering correspondingly fine books. Look at the differences in spines in my collection from five years back, below. The top shelf copies are various first impressions, including signed copies. Several of these have jackets that I'd struggle to find fault with. I also bought a dummy copy a few years back which is in impeccable condition. There are plenty of nice copies out there. It's pretty simple: if you don't want a faded spine, get a photograph of this before you commit to buying (as Stu said earlier).

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This is the kind of collection that I would like to have in the future. A shrine with complete editions of the Silmarillion promonently displayed amongst all my other artworks! Thank you for sharing with us Mr. Khamul!

May I ask on your collecting philisophy when it comes to the Silmarillion? Do you collect only the first edition Silmarillions? How about the recent deluxe copies? Or the limited signed edition ones?

You are right that it is easy to acquite near-fine condition copies, but Mr. Stu's copy has opened my eyes. I would like a copy with dustjacket free of marks and indentation and also maintains the glossy mirror-like surface that Mr. Stu has shown us.

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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Stu wrote:
As requested, pictures of my copy (without the mylar protector). Even with this copy, one can find slight imperfections, but one has to be realistic -- these are things made out of paper and cloth that had to be bound, packaged, shipped, stored, etc. BUT, there were 250,000 copies printed -- that is a lot to choose from.


Jesus Christ... that is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. Your copy looks like it has been printed yesterday. Thank you very much for sharing the most elegant copy of the Silmarillion I have ever seen!

Is it 1st Impression and 1st Edition as well? Also, is this the Domestic or Export issue?

Lastly.... Mr. Stu, what do I have to do to get this copy from you?!!!?

Posted on: 9/15 3:32:57


Re: The Silmarillion: Uncorrected Proof, Salesman Dummy, or Melthuen Bound?
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Lokki wrote:
Thank you everyone for your posts, they are always very insightful and helpful! I will keep watching that item and hope for a more reasonable price :). It is great to be back!


Oh no! It seems like you already purchased this copy! Hopefully not as much as the original listed price? :)

Posted on: 9/14 9:54:51


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Stu wrote:

They do exist, though (I have one, which was boxed with other GA&U books until I purchased it a decade ago, and which I keep in a dark drawer, rather than on the shelf), but we are now talking about a 40 year old book, and there can't be THAT many copies kept essentially in a box / out of light for their entire life.


Mr. Stu, I am very much intrigued. By any chance, have you taken pictures of this beautiful copy of Silmarillion in pristine condition? I would very much like to see it and use it as a reference when I purchase other Silmarillion!

I have been continuously receiving crappy copies of the so called "Fine" condition Silmarillion by unscrupulous sellers that now I am at the point of hallucinating that these damaged books are actually in "fine" conditions.

Posted on: 9/14 9:36:38


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Tapuvae (Chris) wrote:
The Antiquarian, I wonder if we know each other. I also collected vintage Star Wars toys and various other things. And now you know why third party grading is so popular in vintage toys, comics, coins, etc. I am about 2-3 years into the book hobby and find myself continuously disappointed as well. New books don't even come in mint condition because sellers pack them so poorly.

I have been looking for one of these for some time now.

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=62330

I bought one and the slipcase was damaged structurally. Returned. I am trying to finish this set because one of my first major purchases was this set

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=43400

Despite asking repeatedly about spine rubbing (which is so common you can even see it here) and being told repeatedly it was perfect, well, it was not. Better than most I had seen offered but still some slight rubbing.


Greetings Tapuvae! I am overjoyed to meet someone who also enjoys the beauty offered by Star Wars action figures! You are absolutely right about the existence of third party grading services making collectors' lives much easier. I never truly appreciated their service until I started book collecting.

I see that you are seeking the Hobbits Deluxe Illustrated Edition. This is purely a coincidence, but the stated edition is the very first book that I purchased as part of my Tolkien book collecting, directly from Mr. Pieter who runs Tolkien Library website. It is not in "fine" condition per say, but as this is the book that started it all on my Tolkien collecting binge, it holds sentimental value for me. I also purchased the Silmarillion Deluxe Illustrated Edition and that is when I decided to collect all things Silmarillion!

It has been several days since I posted my original thread and I have received two more First Edition Domestic and Export Edition Silmarillion. Upon receiving those copies, I once again wanted to rip all the pages off the book. I asked numerous times to both sellers and they adamantly stated that there are no flaws. Well, the domestic copy has several pages slightly torn and the export copy's map attached to the back of the book, is torn. Both from Abebook.com!

After receiving four copies of First Edition Silmarilions in shitty condition although I was promised by the sellers that hey are pristine and flawless, I am thinking of changing my collecting direction.

Instead of playing this lottery with unscrupulous sellers, I am thinking about attuning my collection to rare edition copies including the previously specified Deluxe Illustrated Edition and other Limited Deluxe Signed Copies of the Silmarillion.

Posted on: 9/14 9:31:04



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