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By Stu

Re: Lovely copy of the LOTR on eBay

Nov 10, 2012 - in Signatures and Autographs
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Trotter wrote:
Saw this on another site.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tolkien-Signe ... tible&hash=item20cd49e9d5

"JRR Tolkien presentation copy of Lord of the Rings and letter to his personal physician! One of the last books signed letters he wrote! He died in their home. Several other items from Denis Tolhurst included.

Dr. Denis Tolhurst 20 April 1973 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Denis Tolhurst, written on 20 April, 1973.

Description: The letter was found loosely inserted in an inscribed copy of The Lord of the Rings (to Dr. and Mrs. Tolhurst, "May 21 1973 Denis & Joycelyn from Ronald"). Signed by Tolkien ("your loving "Dad"") to Dr. Tolhurst ("Physician Extraordinary"). 2 pages, oblong 8vo, Good Friday [20 April] 1973.

Contents: Tolkien notes an imminent gathering of his family "...to hear what the Govt. and their trustee lawyer are going to let them have to live on this year out of Dad's earnings..." He notes he is "feeling refreshed" and states "...the good domestic cooking of plain English style has restored my appetite." Discussing the weather Tolkien notes "...as far as we are concerned your 'Spring is a-coming in' is an unfulfilled prophecy with rustic accuracy and lack of 'delicacy', as a time when heorst sterteth, bulluc verteth ie 'hart leaps up, and bullock farts'... Tolkien ends with reference to what would be his final visit: "...I warn you that I shall be eager to accept any invitation to your lovely house at any time when you feel you can bear it..."





Lovely book - If only I hadn't lost $40,000 on the AUD/NZD cross in the last month, I could pop out and buy it! Gotta hate moving countries (and I'm not even thinking about having to pack up all my books again)...


By Stu

Re: The Wonders of eBay

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Trotter wrote:
alan-53 has obviously never seen a real leather bound book

Another rare item, that by his own standards (it also galls me, as well as alan-53, that people like him are doing this), is not rare or described correctly

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Tolkien- ... tible&hash=item2ec34e0853




Alan-53 consistently advertises Guild Editions as being leather-bound, and he knows they aren't as I have previously sent him eBay messages pointing out his error. I don't know how people like him sleep at night, to be honest.


Re: The Wonders of eBay

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alan-53 has obviously never seen a real leather bound book

Another rare item, that by his own standards (it also galls me, as well as alan-53, that people like him are doing this), is not rare or described correctly

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Tolkien- ... tible&hash=item2ec34e0853



By garm

Re: The Wonders of eBay

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"In 1968, the UK publishers George Allen & Unwin originally released this Deluxe Boxed Set to the world, just as Tolkien's fame was beginning to take hold world wide among the masses."

This book was first published in 1969, not 1968. Not 'released'. Dogs are released. And so are movies.

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I just missed those days!

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Re: The Wonders of eBay

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"LORD OF THE RINGS ~ TOLKIEN ~ DE LUXE EDITION ~ BOXED ~ NEW ~ EXTREMELY RARE!!!"

This is the 8th printing of this edition, are the earlier printings just common or rare, but the 8th printing is extremely rare.

I was reminded to look at comments on rarity from one eBay seller

"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 ridiculous 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."

Very true, pity he constantly ignores his own advice.

alan-53 probably does deserve his own thread

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LORD-OF-THE ... tible&hash=item2ec2b4e432



Lovely copy of the LOTR on eBay

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Saw this on another site.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tolkien-Signe ... tible&hash=item20cd49e9d5

"JRR Tolkien presentation copy of Lord of the Rings and letter to his personal physician! One of the last books signed letters he wrote! He died in their home. Several other items from Denis Tolhurst included.

Dr. Denis Tolhurst 20 April 1973 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Denis Tolhurst, written on 20 April, 1973.

Description: The letter was found loosely inserted in an inscribed copy of The Lord of the Rings (to Dr. and Mrs. Tolhurst, "May 21 1973 Denis & Joycelyn from Ronald"). Signed by Tolkien ("your loving "Dad"") to Dr. Tolhurst ("Physician Extraordinary"). 2 pages, oblong 8vo, Good Friday [20 April] 1973.

Contents: Tolkien notes an imminent gathering of his family "...to hear what the Govt. and their trustee lawyer are going to let them have to live on this year out of Dad's earnings..." He notes he is "feeling refreshed" and states "...the good domestic cooking of plain English style has restored my appetite." Discussing the weather Tolkien notes "...as far as we are concerned your 'Spring is a-coming in' is an unfulfilled prophecy with rustic accuracy and lack of 'delicacy', as a time when heorst sterteth, bulluc verteth ie 'hart leaps up, and bullock farts'... Tolkien ends with reference to what would be his final visit: "...I warn you that I shall be eager to accept any invitation to your lovely house at any time when you feel you can bear it..."



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Re: The Wonders of eBay

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_S ... ce#International_services

On May 14, 2007, the USPS canceled all outgoing international surface mail (sometimes known as "sea mail") from the United States, citing increased costs and reduced demand due to competition from airmail services such as FedEx and UPS.[97] The decision has been criticized by the Peace Corps and military personnel overseas, as well as independent booksellers and other small businesses who rely on international deliveries.


Prior to May 14, 2007, I could send a 2 pound book to anywhere in Europe for about $7. Each additional book was about $2. I miss those days...
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Re: The Wonders of eBay

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Jeremy, UK buyers (or me anyway) have been paying "at least $15 per book" (for shipping from the US) for as long as I can remember --other than for pamphlets, when was it ever cheaper?

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By Jlong

Re: The Wonders of eBay

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I hope they don't do away with media mail!
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