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Value of these books?
Just can't stay away
Today I took delivery of two books from the Harper Collins deluxe range (the partial leather slipcased editions which consisted of the hobbit, lotr, silmarillion and first three books of HoME).
I have The Silmarillion deluxe edition isbn: 0007136609 and The Lord of the Rings deluxe edition isbn 0261103687
Both books are shrink wrapped and in mint condition. I paid £150 for the pair including delivery. This put me way over my spending budget this month but I just couldn't resist them, and I suppose what I am looking for is some input on the value. It's not that I am going to sell them, but if they are agreed to be a good price, then I would feel a bit better about myself!
One problem is that I don't know which impression of LOTR I have. I know from tolkienbooks.net that it is the 2001 edition, but is there any way of knowing the impression, and does it even matter much? I think i am right in saying there was only one edition of the silmarillion issued, so no infusion there.
If it helps, the LOTR sticker has the price of £100 and then the barcode. This is different to the silmarillion, where the sticker actually states 'the silmarillion deluxe edition'.
I can sort out pics if they would be helpful.
Thanks in advance
Posted on: 2010/8/3 3:06
Re: Value of these books?
Home away from home
Not a bad price, in my opinion. I have purchased copies of these books for a little less money in the last couple of years, but not still shrink wrapped. You are correct in saying that it probably doesn't matter much whether the LotR is the 3'rd or 4'th printing (which would be the 2001 version with the faux leather slipcase). Value would increase significantly if it were a first impression from 1997 in the cloth slipcase. The Silmarillion, while I think a gorgeous book, has never commanded a serious premium simply due to the number printed against demand.
In terms of investment value, your books would hold a little more value if kept shrink wrapped, but then of course they more difficult to enjoy. If opened, I am not too sure if you will ever be able to sell them for significant profit (unless there is another huge boom after Hobbit movie(s) are released), but you will not lose money either. All in all, I think you fared pretty well. Now you just have to pick up a copy of the Hobbit!
Posted on: 2010/8/3 14:01
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