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Re: Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition
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I assume they collect payment at time of pre-order?

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Re: New Book Releases
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So there is a review of this set on Amazon UK now. Seems positive, tight fit for the books and no curve on the slipcase were the two main complaints. No pics yet.

Posted on: 10/12 21:08:08


Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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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.

I am not really looking to spend 28k on a book either, but I was referencing the fact that 28k can buy you an ok piece of original comic art where the top top pieces are in the 500-700k range now. For vintage Star Wars toys, 28k can buy you a lot of common stuff but maybe 1-2 rare and high grade items. I sold my collection several years ago and that collection would now be worth upwards of 50-75k. But a 1st edition Hobbit - I just can't see the upward pricing pressure for an item like this. Still as a "1 and done" if that's your thing, I bet Harry Potter books sell in this range (or more) now.

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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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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.

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Re: Is Collecting Books This Hard?
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Surely there are exceptions and for these early editions it isn't an either or thing. You buy the copy you can afford basically. But for books that aren't particularly rare that were largely made to be collected (like the editions I linked to above) the expectation is that they weren't read, maybe thumbed through, but that's it. How many people use the COH SD for their reading copy?

Speaking of early editions, anyone following the sets offered on Heritage this month? I'd love to hear opinions on the first, first Hobbit, especially the restored jacket.

Posted on: 9/14 7:08:55



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