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371442557671
Seller: alan-53 (29746)
100.0% positive
Walnut, California, US
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Ended May 29, 2016 7:41:29 PM
Category: Books:Fiction & Literature
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$175.00
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NOTE: I will be on vacation from May 20th THROUGH May 29th. I will have sporadic internet access at best and limited ability to answer most questions. During that time, I will be unable to ship merchandise, obviously. Unless I can get to them, combined item invoices will have to wait until I return as will all orders paid for while I am away, but as in the past, I promise to respond and send out all paid orders immediately upon my return. Until then and after, it's business as usual! LIMITED TO about 600 PRINTINGS!! THE HOBBIT By J.R.R. Tolkien SCARCELY SEEN HARDCOVER EDITION Adapted by Charles Dixon ~ Illustrated by David Wenzel LONG OUT OF PRINT! In 1991, Eclipse released the first editions of the first Full Length Graphic novel adaptation of the Hobbit, adapted by Charles Dixon and Illustrated by David Wenzel. The original release was in 3 separate books as a mini-series comic book, shown below. If you are a follower of Tolkien books on eBay, you have seen these many times over. The cost of printing 3 books became prohibitive and the book was hence released in a single paperback book as a graphic novel, and these are almost as common as dirt, especially the re-released copy, still available in any bookstore for about $12.00. What you are most likely NOT aware of was that there was a short run of hardcover copies of the single volume GN which originally sold for about $35 back in the early 90's and these are seldom seen, of which this listing is offering. It is seldom seen, and as of this writing, there is only one other on ebay for slightly more than I am asking, (and not quite as nice). The pictures are above. Eclipse, the original publisher of the book also made a VERY LIMITED printing of a special edition of the hardcover book which came in a red cloth casket-style box (shown right),  and had both a limited edition lithograph, signed and numbered by the artist David Wenzel, (shown below left) sewn into the book as well as a dual page frontespiece (shown below right), both of which are not in any other pressing. They felt that the original price of $125 was somewhat prohibitive so they only printed about 600 copies, perhaps a bit less, and it has never been reprinted since! To say that these are rare is a gross understatement, but I do have ONE available as of this writing! Each book came shrinkwrapped in it's own shipping carton with an small Avery label sticky with a number on it, supposedly the number of the copy inside. I have seen about 20 of these and so far, they have all been accurate. Regardless of which version you get, the text is the same, but the bindings and limited edition accouterments are different. But if you are not familiar with this at all (hard to believe), what this is a an adaption of Tolkien's Hobbit, written in the form of a comic book. Yes, it is abridged, but extremely well done, and the artwork is absolutely magnificent! The storyline was adapted by Charles Dixon and is accompanied by David Wenzel's now famous artwork who's images compliment his well done script beautifully! Given the short runs of the hardcover (THIS ONE) and the limited editions, they are all first printings and are simply magnificent specimens, if you can find one! I currently only have the one of each to offer. The above pictures at the top are this exact copy being offered, and again, is NOT the limited edition, but it IS the hardcover edition. The limited edition pics are from my personal copy. Yes you can get a cheap paperback to read, but they are not even close in quality, as you would expect, but few people pay this amount for a book and continuously read that particular copy, so, if you ask, I will provide a reading copy of the previously stated paperback... Don't miss your opportunity to grab one of the rarest pieces of Tolkien ephemera ever printed! And if by chance you think I am kidding about the rarity, try and find another one, seriously! A Physical description follows... FYI, if by some chance you would prefer the original copies as printed in their 3 book format, I have a couple copies available, also listed on eBay. Below is what they look like and you can find them using one of the links within this auction page... To see all of the Tolkien items I am selling whether on sale or not, CLICK HERE!! To see all of the other SciFi, Fantasy & Horror books I have listed so far, CLICK HERE or go to the ADVANCED SEARCH in eBay and copy and paste the word ISHKABIBEL into the eBay search box, and then check the SEARCH TITLE AND DESCRIPTIONS box.  Buy 3 and I'll ship 'em for FREE (within the USA via media mail!) Sets of multiples count as one. TO GET THE FREE SHIPPING DO NOT automatically pay. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW! If you don't I can't go back and fix it later! Why not look now?! SPECIAL OFFER: This is one of MANY GIFT EDITIONS I am selling including special editions of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books. If you buy any combination of 3, I will ship them all free of postage via media mail, anywhere in the USA! To see all the gift editions that qualify, CLICK HERE or go to the ADVANCED SEARCH in eBay and copy and paste the word ALANSGIFTEDITIONS into the eBay search box, and then check the SEARCH TITLE AND DESCRIPTIONS box. TO GET THE FREE SHIPPING, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW! If you don't, I can't go back and fix it later! For any of the literally hundreds of other items, there are links above and below and if you have any requests, by all means let me know and if I have it, I'll list if for you right away~ (No off-eBay Sales) About Me & This Item... I have been collecting books and music for over 35 years and have amassed an enormous collection. I do not subscribe to "grading" as it is so subjective and most of the "graders" truly have no clue! Therefore I'll simply describe things in normal English! *This is a magnificent offering! Once opened, the book sits in it's red silk-lined box which also has a pull ribbon so you don't need to get your hand oils all over the inside just to get out the book, which I have also placed inside of a Brodart jacket protector. It is a magnificent package. Shown right is my personal copy. Yours is identical, seemingly new and unread. Enjoy! A FEW WORDS ON TOLKIEN COLLECTIBILITY...I have been collecting Tolkien books for over 30 years and it really galls me to find people selling items for rediculous prices claiming they are "rare" or "highly collectible"; and what's worse is, naive people are paying it~! The fact is, there are relatively few "RARE" Tolkien items on eBay and most of the stuff claimed as such, just isn't. Granted, some may be hard to find, but not rare. In order to be a VALUABLE collectible, the books need to be immaculate or close to it, a scarce or extremely early printing of an early edition and if it comes with a dust jacket, that too should be close to fine. Otherwise, they are just common items not worth much, but people are paying gobs of cash, caught up in the frenzy. Before you pay high bucks on a RARE or COLLECTIBLE edition, ask questions and demand to see a picture. Even though the copyright may say 1966 for example, it can still be a 1981 or even 1997 printing, but the copyright was last renewed in 1966 so it is being sold as such. I've even seen 1960's paperback copyright being sold for unreal prices, and they are actually a 23rd or such printing! I don't believe all sellers are trying to be dishonest, some just don't know any better... Please be careful and bid wisely. If you have any questions regarding it's authenticity or collectibility, check it out and be certain you are bidding on what you THINK you are bidding on. To see all other Tolkien items I am selling CLICK HERE!!. Regarding auctions, let me add that I am a private collector of art, books, music and "stuff" and am very picky about what I buy and I don't like surprises when I buy things from auctions. I promise that everything I know about this item is in this description. I have sold many, many books on eBay and have only received one complaint in thousands of auctions about the accuracy in my descriptions. For over a decade, I have sold tens of thousands of items on eBay and have only received a handful of complaints about the accuracy in my descriptions. Having met eBay standards for excellence in trading, you may bid with confidence knowing you will get what you THINK you are bidding on! Please check my feedback. It is a record I am very proud of... I have LOTS of music items, and tons of books available for purchase. Please check my other offerings to see if there is anything else you might be interested in for combined shipping. There are links above and below and why not bookmark my site to make it easier to find at a later date!  PAYMENT TERMS: Pretty simple. Pay me, I send it! Why Are My Shipping & Handling Costs a Bit Higher than Other Sellers? Please Read on... GUARANTEED DELIVERY OR YOUR MONEY BACK!I really DO CARE about when and how your product gets to you. Because the post office is so incredibly inept, I ONLY SHIP domestic packages INSURED, which is AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDED in the shipping cost, and that is not free as the post office charges for it. If your parcel gets lost OR damaged in freight, your item will be replaced if one is available OR you will be completely refunded! IMPORTANT MONEY SAVING TIP! If you are buying more than one of my items and would like to SAVE MONEY by COMBINING SHIPPING costs, I will be happy to do so, but eBay has now made it more difficult to get discounts by confusing people with "Buy it Now" and "Add to Cart" options on non-auction style pages. If you are buying one item from a seller use the Buy it Now. BUT IF YOU WANT COMBINED or FREE SHIPPING, DO NOT USE THE BUY IT NOW button! Instead, select ADD TO CART. Then use your BACK button on your browser and select the other items you want that qualify using ADD TO CART each time. When you are finished, look for the shopping cart icon at the top right corner of your eBay page and click on it. Find the blue button which reads COMMIT TO BUY & SEND REQUEST. Once done, the items will be held and I will create a single invoice with either combined or free shipping. NOTE: I cannot retroactively go back and combine items that are not purchased in this manner so PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. Once you receive your invoice, payment is expected promptly! All of the payment info you need will be listed including multiple shipment options.  Since I am a legitimate business, California deliveries will require sales tax. PAYMENT OPTIONS:I accept Credit Cards, eChecks and electronic transfers with .Unfortunately, direct bank transfers are not offered due to cost and security concerns.As I reside in the USA, all payments must be made in US Dollars & Cents. If you want it in a week or less, you are going to have to bite the bullet and pay for Priority Mail which will get it there in 2-3 working days, 99% of the time, but it is more expensive. Basically, the choice is yours, but if you choose media mail, please don't write to me in 5 days asking where your package is, because the post office will have it and most of the time, they don't have a clue! International deliveries all go by Priority Mail and usually arrive within 1-2 weeks. BE AWARE, you may need to pay Customs fees over which I have no control! SHIPPING INFO: IMPORTANT!! I can ONLY SHIP to the address as noted in PAYPAL'S "TRANSACTION DETAILS". If you want it shipped to an alternate location, you will need to register that address BEFORE paying or it will be shipped to the registered address. Shipping costs will be determined by weight & destination! You may click on the SHIPPING & PAYMENT tab found at the top of the page, just under the item's picture for all shipping options to all destinations both domestic and international. There you will find drop down boxes for your location and you can then use the shipping calculator to determine the correct cost for where you live. REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT SHIPPING TIMES:Media Mail (once known as 4th class mail) is a special class of postage for books, music, videos and other printed media available within the US and territories. It is far less expensive than Priority Mail, but - it ..... is ........... slooowwwww!!!! Despite USPS claims of 3-9 day delivery times, MEDIA MAIL CAN actually TAKE UP TO 3 WEEKS to arrive, and their tracking info is frequently not updated until it actually arrives, making that feature pretty useless! PLEASE remember this when you leave feedback scores as the choice is yours and not my fault if it takes a long time to get there! If you want it in a week or less, you are going to have to bite the bullet and pay for Priority Mail which will get it there in 2-3 working days, 99% of the time, but it is more expensive. Basically, the choice is yours, but if you choose media mail, please don't write to me in 5 days asking where your package is, because the post office will have it and most of the time, they don't have a clue! International deliveries usually arrive within 1-2 weeks but CAN take up to a month! Faster shipping is available on request, but expensive.Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. You can check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. Finally, we do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts"; it is illegal and immoral. Questions? Ask and I'll try to answer... Please check out the other "lovely" items I have just waiting for you by CLICKING HERE! Thanks so much for looking and bidding on my items ~Alan.
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