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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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So let's put this out there for discussion then: why do you seek these perfect, unmarked copies? Why do you not want to own books that show signs of wear &/or previous ownership? I can guess the answer(s), but curious nonetheless...

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Posted on: 9/14 2:52:23
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Re: Beyond Bree - September 2017
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Two questions:

Is it normally just stapled together photocopied pages?

And what's with the Tribute to CT?

BH

Posted on: 9/12 10:41:45
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Re: The Silmarillion: Uncorrected Proof, Salesman Dummy, or Melthuen Bound?
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There was a US seller selling both a US proof copy & a UK dummy copy a few months back. Both were re-listed multiple times due to failure to sell; both had "Best offer" options so I can only conclude there was very little interest in these copies for the price they were listed at.

I have no note that the proof sold, but the dummy eventually looked like (it's possible a lower price was accepted, not sure) it was sold for Buy-it-now $399 (~£303) in late July; it looked liked a pretty sharp copy.

I'd say that price is pretty typical (possibly a little high) for a dummy copy. The proof was listed for about the same price. Surprised that it didn't sell, but I guess people probably value most US editions of Tolkien lower, regardless of rarity/scarcity.

So there are copies out there. And it's a buyers market, so haggle.

BH

Posted on: 9/12 4:11:22
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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Glad you're having fun!

I would avoid anyone who uses words like "new", "mint", "pristine", "excellent", "unread", etc; particularly without qualification. To me these betray the seller's (likely) poor understanding (or deliberate obfuscation) of book grading & sounds like someone "talking up" condition. These terms are almost meaningless to me e.g. how does "unread" describe condition? It doesn't. To some sellers "new" probably describes a book that has not had a previous owner (i.e. has been book seller stock only). How does this describe condition? It doesn't.

In addition to this: you're collecting books, not (and sorry if this comes across as dismissive) "memorabilia". Most books are in used condition, because, well, they've been read; the condition is unlikely to be shrinkwrap-new. Sure, people buy to collect & do sell on (later) copies which are essentiall brand-new copies; but any purchase from Amazon or SpeedyHen or Waterstones should easily illustrate to you that new books are still liable to turn up with damage, scuffs, etc. It's pretty hard to keep a dustjacket entirely unmarked, even for a bookseller.

So tread with caution. If you want pristine copies of any books that are more than ten years old, then good luck. I think you're going to be disappointed more often than not.

BH

Posted on: 9/12 3:59:42

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Re: The Silmarillion Comprehensive Guide
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Sorry for the confusion; the site I refer to is the one you've already been linked to, Tolkienbooks.net. The owner of the site is Deagol on here. I think I speak for a lot of collectors (of a certain era) in saying that TolkienBooks has been a invaluable source for book collecting, unmatched by any other online source. I'm, personally, forever grateful for it's existence & for all the work Deagol put into creating it.

But, yeh, if you have something specific to ask about The Silmarillion I might be able to help. But just ask away; there are plenty of knowledgeable folks on here who'll be willing to help. There are certainly a few on here who have far more "special" copies than me, that's for sure.

BH

Posted on: 9/5 12:50:26
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