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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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As Khamûl says, finding pristine (i.e. actually fine) copies isn't that easy. That said, it can be done for most books, but it can take a LONG time to find that perfect copy of a book, and it is likely to cost more than the imperfect copies (this isn't always the case, though).

I personally purchase a handful of books a year, and the main reason is that it is rare for me to see that combination of quality and price that works for me. Book collecting needs to be slow and steady or you will likely end up with a collection that you will be unhappy with. It is very satisfying when you fo find tht 50 year old book that looks better than a new copy, but don't expect that satisfaction to come along particularly regularly, especially if you are only looking for a fairly narrow range of titles, editions and impressions.

There are books where you have to sacrifice condition significantly just to get a copy -- these are few and far between in the world of Tolkien, though.

Posted on: 9/12 12:57:47

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Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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Berelach wrote:
But he spent "three weeks trying to find a true value"!


Yeah, I should let him know that my set - also from Australia - cost me $25 and I was the only bidder...

Posted on: 9/11 19:44:27


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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Silly price, but interesting to note another Encore version showing up in Australia. That's the third I have noted from there.


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lord-Of-Th ... 3415e4:g:134AAOSwj9lZs5fK

Posted on: 9/11 17:42:32


Re: The Silmarillion: Uncorrected Proof, Salesman Dummy, or Melthuen Bound?
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The price of that is very silly.

Posted on: 9/11 15:29:21


Re: The Silmarillion: Uncorrected Proof, Salesman Dummy, or Melthuen Bound?
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The_Antiquarian wrote:
Wow thank you do much for all the attentive answers! The problem is that I love all of them and even find the Uncorrected Proofs and Salesman Dummy copies elegant in their own ways!

Having collected Star Wars action figures and modern & contemporary artworks, I know that Proofs, prototypes, and artist proofs carry a substantial value relative to the regular edition ones. Assuming that all lines of Tolkien books are depreciating in value, wouldn't the Uncirculated Proofs carry the most value amongst the other two because its rarity and accounting for the fact that it is part of the earliest stage of the book production?

I am most inclined to get the Proof, but what I am concerned about is its pricing. I know that the other Proofs in "good" condition with library stamp, tapes, and other flaws were sold for
$280 as recent as weeks ago. The one I am trying to acquire is in a "very good" condition, but it is being sold for $750 or so. Is the price reasonable for a proof at this condition? Please help!



They aren't "Uncirculated Proofs" in the sense of stamps. They are often just poorly printed (low quality paper, mistakes, bound in heavy coloured paper) copies of the book distributed as advanced review copies. I have a couple (not Silmarillion), and I wouldn't personally pay a lot of money for them (well not for any of the American editions, anyway).

In the case of the Silmarillion or HoME they are clearly going to be worth quite a bit more than the regular edition (based on novelty factor), but bear in mind that the regular editions are worth essentially nothing (£10). I've seen a few US HoME proof copies sell over the years and $250 seems to have been the kind of price (based on memory, which may be flawed).

I would personally get the Methuen edition rather than a US Uncorrected Proof, but you really need to just buy what takes your fancy. I wouldn't personally pay USD 750 for a Silmarillion Proof, but I don't think anyone can really tell you what it is worth -- the market (buyers and sellers) is small, so the price is simply what a buyer and seller happen to agree on on the day. If the money is spare and you don't care too much about ease of resale, go for it. If you think you may need to recover what you spent, then obviously that's a risk.

Whatever you buy, don't forget to share pictures :)

Posted on: 9/8 20:02:10



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