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The Peoples of Middle-earth (HoMe 12) [Valuation]
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I was wondering what would be a reasonable price for the following book:

The Peoples of Middle-earth. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollinsPublishers, [September] 1996. xiii, 482 pp., [1] plate. (The History of Middle-earth; 12) ISBN 0-261-10337-7. Hardback in dustwrapper. Not illustrated.

Looking through AbeBooks I see prices from GBP240 all the way up to GBP1000+.

Recently a copy went away on Ebay for GBP351.02. This one was in Very Good to Near Fine condition judging by the photos I was send. It had a printed price of GBP25 on the dustwrapper and was not price clipped.

I didn't win this auction and now the seller (100% feedback) has contacted me stating that he is sorry I didnt win the bidding and that his brother is willing to sell a similar copy for GBP351. Sounds a little bit fishy to me :)

Anyway despite the inflated prices listed at Abebooks my guess this book is worth anywhere between GBP200-300. What do you think?

Posted on: 2011/9/27 13:22

Edited by Khamul on 2011/9/28 14:31:28
Edited by Khamul on 2011/9/28 14:31:41


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Most of the books (vg to fine) I´ve seen sold went for around £200-300 as you have mentioned.

Posted on: 2011/9/27 14:15
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If this is the auction & seller you're referring to:-

J R R Tolkien The Peoples of Middle Earth Volume 12 - 1996 VERY RARE LOTR Hobbit

...then I think the seller is fairly reliable. Haven't dealt with them, but they seem to list Tolkien stuff honestly enough. However, that story sounds like piddle.

Your price estimate range is about right. I posted on current prices earlier this year. It's late tho', I can't be bothered finding it. I'll edit this tomorrow so you can read it. (Or, Trotter!?, edit this for me )

[This might be it, (but was posted three years ago) http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... ost_id=3373#forumpost3373 -Trotter]

Rubbish Trotter! This is it:-
Re: UK HOME Hardback Reissues [April 2010]

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Posted on: 2011/9/27 15:03

Edited by Trotter on 2011/9/27 21:16:25
Edited by Trotter on 2011/9/27 21:48:38
Edited by Khamul on 2011/9/28 5:24:07
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Re: The Peoples of Middle-earth (HoMe 12)
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I will agree with Khamul that this seller is fairly reliable. The name looked familiar to me, so I searched my purchase history. I had one transaction with this seller (assuming that we are talking about the seller in Khamul's link) back in February of this year. I made a 100GBP purchase from him and everything went smoothly. He has 100% positive feedback on nearly 500 ebay transactions, so I would tend to think he's ok. If you are in doubt, ask for pictures of the actual book you will receive, request an invoice be sent through paypal, and pay with a credit card that has good buyer protection. I would think you would be covered between paypal and your credit card if anything fraudulent were to occur. Whatever you decide, good luck in your book hunting!

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Steve

Posted on: 2011/9/27 18:29


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I also have dealt with the seller, if it is the one from the link, and can only say good things about him.

Posted on: 2011/9/28 6:08
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