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Earl wrote:
We're two days out from the release of the new Deluxe HoME set. Has anybody seen actual images of it? I admit I had sent the publishers a message informing them about my feelings on the design etc. I doubt it would have made any difference. I'm just curious to see what the final product looks like since several sites have varying images.


Haven't seen any significantly revised design. Also haven't ordered it, given the poor pre-publication designs. I guess we will know in a few days.

Posted on: 9/19 0:58:13


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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That is such a ridiculous collection :)

And 40 years old today.

Posted on: 9/15 13:00:46


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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The_Antiquarian wrote:

Stu wrote:
As requested, pictures of my copy (without the mylar protector). Even with this copy, one can find slight imperfections, but one has to be realistic -- these are things made out of paper and cloth that had to be bound, packaged, shipped, stored, etc. BUT, there were 250,000 copies printed -- that is a lot to choose from.


Jesus Christ... that is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. Your copy looks like it has been printed yesterday. Thank you very much for sharing the most elegant copy of the Silmarillion I have ever seen!

Is it 1st Impression and 1st Edition as well? Also, is this the Domestic or Export issue?

Lastly.... Mr. Stu, what do I have to do to get this copy from you?!!!?


Ha Ha - Sadly, not for sale! It is the first impression of the domestic (Billings) edition.

It is proof that really good copies do exist, though. I was lucky, as that was the first (and only) copy of this edition that I purchased, and I bought it - along with an Unfinished Tales 1st in the same condition - without seeing any photos.

Posted on: 9/15 4:00:31


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Tapuvae (Chris) wrote:
Its pretty amazing how you (well I) cannot see the restoration except from the backside. It looks like they took an other jacket and welded the paper together. Is that generally how this would work? Or is the restoration a complete fabrication. They, conveniently, don't disclose this kind of information.



Suitable (usually old and salvaged) paper is normally added to replace the missing areas (and blended in by abrading the edges using very fine abrasive media) and bonded using a reversible adhesive (such as wheat paste). Tears are repaired using japanese paper and wheat paste. The missing material is then painted in using acrylic paints. The idea is that such restorations should be completely reversible (although proving that this is the case would be tricky). I've seen non-Tolkien jacket restorations that look incredible, even down to washing the jacket and drying it between two panes of glass. Not a cheap process, and probably not many people capable of doing it.

Posted on: 9/14 19:21:50


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Tapuvae (Chris) wrote:
https://historical.ha.com/itm/books/sc ... &tab=MyTrackedLots-101116

Heritage uses beautiful large format images as well. There was a second Hobbit and two lots for LOTR in this auction as well, it slipped my mind that it closed today.

I haven't done my homework on these early editions to know what flaws to look for or if this jacket is respectable or acceptable to the book world (28k dollars suggests so). Also, I may be spending too much time in the comic art and vintage toy world, because if this is really the cream of the crop then 28k is really quite a low value. This doesn't come near top end pieces in any of the other things I collect.


The jacket has had restoration. It would probably have been worth more if it was an unrestored jacket in the same condition. At the end of the day, these early jackets are very delicate, so that copy has a lovely jacket. If it was a 1971 copy, it would be considered a crap jacket (amazing what a difference 35 years and production volume makes). These kinds of books and prices are not even on my radar, though. I wouldn't want the burden of looking after (storing, insuring) that kind of value of book. I'd be getting an inexpensive (in relative terms) copy and using a facsimile jacket, keeping the rest of the money in the bank!

My main observation is that there are more 1937 1sts and 2nds coming to market at the moment, so it feels like that is not a situation where these would be a bankable investment. I could be entirely wrong.

Posted on: 9/14 17:15:02

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