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Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?
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Have you thought about buying a 1st, 1st of the American edition? That's the route I'd go if I were spending the kind of money you are talking about.

I personally wouldn't buy a rebound copy UNLESS it was a considerable deal. That's my two cents.

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Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?
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I think this is what we are trying to point out, spending $10k-$13K on a rebound Hobbit is great if you like the binding and want to keep it, but it is a very poor investment, as any future resale value will probably be significantly less than you paid for the item.

If you are happy with losing most of your investment on the item, then go ahead with this.

Posted on: 11/5 9:51:29


Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?
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By the way, may I see the rebound works of those books?

May I also ask which binderies you have used to get them rebound?

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Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?
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Wow, thank you very much for the sage advice everyone.

What I have neglected to mention is that I will be buying an "already rebound copy" of the 1st Ed. 1st Imp Hobbit at around $10k-$13k price range.

I understand that it would be a foolhardy venture to purchase a sound copy of 1st Ed. 1st Imp Hobbit without DJ and having it rebound by one of the binderies, as doing so will not only diminish its value, but also toll me with another hundreds of dollars (possibly thousands) for the bindery fees.

Being an avid art collector, I am no stranger to the fact that buying the most celebrated and best-quality artwork of an artist will hold value over lesser ones by the same artist. As such, I can not muster the courage to buy any lesser-edition ones of the Hobbit, no matter how authentic and genuine they are. In addition, the fact that listing of 2nd edition copies are completely absent from major auction houses makes me believe that the market for the subsequent edition books are very small.

I have found several examples of rebound books that were sold @ Christie's and Sotheby's. They command around the price tag of $10k-$15k. Are you telling me that through the passage of time, I will see an unimaginable drop in the value of these rebound books and/or there will be no market for the rebound copies of the 1st Ed. 1st Imp. Hobbit?

As I only see Baynton or Asprey rebound copies being sold at Sotheby's and Christie's, does that mean one rebound by Chelsea is of subpar value relative to the aforementioned ones?

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Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?
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I agree, rebinding a Tolkien book is a nice thing to do, but almost certainly the total cost of the book and rebinding will be more than the subsequent value of the book.

I have commissioned three rebindings of my books, and all are worth less than I paid for the books and the binding costs.

I like the books so am happy, but a very poor investment.

Posted on: 11/5 8:29:11



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