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Re: Signature/Autograph Database?
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I agree with Beren for the most part here - one of the biggest problems with fakes right now is that it is so easy to duplicate from high-res images.

I don't know if you all recall, but when the Children of Hurin signed bookplates came out (the New York Barnes & Noble version from 2007), they were appearing on eBay almost immediately, and most/all had good provenance. About a week later, someone posted an eBay auction for one, and included a very large, high-res image of the bookplate. As an unfortunate aside, the bookplate itself is just a black and white design, that reporoduces very well with a good scanner/printer. Suddenly, there were dozens of copies of the "signed bookplate" on eBay, all looking remarkably the same, and with no provenance.

I think there might be a good market for having an online set of articles and images to help the collector, that are "destroyed" for purposes of reproducability/faking (watermarked, low-res, other possibilities), but I haven't figured out a good way to do anything like that that would help the collector but be of no use to the forger. I would love to hear more opinions/discussion on this!

One possibility is to have a tight-knit circle of trusted people that would have access to the database, but anything online is hackable or expensive. One question to pose to you all is, would it be worth enough to you to have access to something like this to have a fee attached to it?

Posted on: 2008/12/18 16:13
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Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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This is old information since others have already posted similar news, but I wanted to share the official response I got from HC on the signed Tales book:

"Dear Jeremy - I'm very sorry for the confusion caused about the book. I can confirm it is not a numbered edition - it is simply signed by Alan Lee. Please accept our apologies for any confusion caused - the appropriate Hobbit will be dealt with accordingly.

Best regards

Chris Michaels
Publishing Brand Manager
HarperCollins"

Posted on: 2008/12/15 12:17
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Signatures and Autographs forum
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I have created a separate forum for discussions of signatures/autographs and other handwriting samples, since I was having a hard time myself figuring out the best place to discuss these in the older forums - sometimes they were on books, sometimes on letters, etc.

I have moved some of the older discussions to the new forum, and will do a full pass later this week for archival purposes.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.

Posted on: 2008/12/15 11:14
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I swear I've seen these smears before...
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300281016708


This is a Smith of Wootton Major with a "signed bookplate". The signature itself looks okay to me (though it is a very small image), but I swear I have seen that exact pattern of ink smearing before - perhaps this is a copy, or I have seen copies of this? Anyone else?

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jpg  signed bookplate.jpg (3.85 KB)
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Posted on: 2008/12/15 10:57
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Re: Unusual Hobbit Edition?
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It's been a while since I've seen a library binding like this, but they are not unique. You can see another one over at skwishmi's webiste:

http://tolkien.skwishmi.com/guide/spechobbit.html

Posted on: 2008/12/10 0:47
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