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By Elwë

Re: Going out of business sale

Jun 24, 2014 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Yes, I started this little side business before I had children. Now, I have twin daughters that are approaching 4 years old, and a 1 year old son. Most of the time, my wife and I just treading water, let alone running side businesses. I've completely neglected my site for quite some time now, and I just feel that it's not worth it unless I put the time and energy into it to make it nice. I'll always be a fan and collector, but the little spare time I have now, I'd rather put toward other hobbies.

As far as profitability goes.... I've certainly had a few good sales, but overall, it really was more about having fun. It's tough to make a good profit after all the fees, shipping costs, etc. You've got to be on top of things all the time to find the best deals, and to gauge where the market is for pricing. Most of the time when I've made a sale, it's usually been at some negotiated discount price too.

Now, I'm just trying to reduce the amount of cash I still have tied up in books. I'll keep a few items for myself, but my personal collection will be modest.

-Steve


By Elwë

Going out of business sale

Jun 24, 2014 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Hello, everyone. It's been a while since I've visited or posted here, but I wanted to give a heads up that I am closing down my website, "Telperion Books," at the end of this summer, and I am trying to pare down my inventory. I'm offering a 35% discount on everything in my store until the end of August to help facilitate this. I just simply do not have the time to properly maintain the site and inventory. Instead of allowing it to limp along indefinitely, I've decided to close it down.

I have many things that are not yet listed on my site, but I am going to make a real effort to get them up as soon as possible. If there is something in particular that you may be looking for, get in touch. I've got a few of the more recent deluxe Tolkien editions, and a nice 1st UK Voyager set of books 1 through 4 of G.R.R.Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," series, just to name a couple.

Thanks for reading this, and for all the past support. I had a lot of fun running my site, but it's become more burden than hobby, so it's time.

Best regards,

-Steve

http://www.telperionbooks.com/


By Elwë

Telperion Books Sale

Sep 23, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Greetings, All. I just wanted to drop a quick note here to let people know that for the next couple months leading into the Holidays, everything in my store will be 30% off. Please take a look, and feel free to get in touch with any questions/comments. I've got a few nice Tolkien items on hand right now, as well as some general sci-fi and fantasy titles. I'm really trying to reduce my inventory and slow things down to focus on my family. I love collecting and working with other collectors, but the website requires more attention than I've been able to afford lately.

Thanks,

-Steve

http://www.telperionbooks.com/


By Elwë

Re: New Book Releases

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I've got to agree with Stu on this. Personally, I don't find it appealing. However, this design really looks like a conscious push by the publishers to draw young children to the book on the store shelves. It reminds me of many of the other modern children's covers out there. The classic Tolkien drawn Hobbit cover might not be "keeping up with the times" in the children's section at Barnes and Noble anymore. My kids are only 3 (obviously not the target audience), but I guarantee they would grab this one off the shelf before the classic cover.

Looks like a touch of Pauline Baynes influence too, now that I think of it. - Just a touch.


By Elwë

Re: The Wonders of...

Apr 17, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Red wrote:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Exclusive-Arwe ... ain_0&hash=item338178a2b8





One of the strangest ebay auctions I've seen. I am really baffled at this one. High bids too! I read the entire listing out of pure bewilderment, then, to my horror, looked at the item location - it's the town I grew-up in!


By Elwë

Re: Interesting eBay Auctions

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laurel wrote:
There are some good cheap LOTR first editions at moment as well
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/11105015832 ... _trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/27118722998 ... _trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649





Just curious how people feel about the second set here, with laminated dust wrappers. Preserved, yes, but...... ?


By Elwë

Re: The Wonders of...

Mar 31, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Red wrote:
It's a little like The Lord of the Rings meets Yellow Submarine....
http://www.etsy.com/listing/123421842 ... &ga_facet=handmadetolkien


I think I see a Blue Meanie at the bottom of the page!


By Elwë

Re: 1969 India Paper LOTR single volume first edition

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That's a great story, and in my opinion, this is a nostalgia piece I probably wouldn't touch. There's nothing wrong with a well used book, unless you were ever trying to present it for sale, which doesn't sound like your intention.

However, as far as restoration is concerned, everything is possible, but could be costly. Any repairs to sheets can be time consuming and require building up layers of rice paper. The staining to the buckram cover also would be pretty tough to repair. If it is grime, it could be professionally cleaned, but fading or staining would require someone to fill in the faded regions, which again is very time consuming.

The most cost effective approach would be to leave the book as it is, and maybe have the slipcase restored or replaced. If you really wanted a nice clean copy for display, you could easily track down a different copy in better condition, and for cheaper than restoration of your current copy, especially if you were willing to compromise on publication year. This edition was printed (albeit with a tray type box instead of slipcase) for many years after 1969, and later copies can be found in mint condition for pretty cheap. If you wanted a slipcase instead of the box, just talk to David Miller from the Tolkien Bookshelf. He's real good with these. Here's a link to the nice felt lined version he makes for this particular book:

http://www.tolkienbookshelf.com/pages ... -paper-edition-black-faux

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for sharing your story!

-Steve


By Elwë

Re: Elwe ebay auctions

Feb 24, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Elwë wrote:
Hello, everyone. I have listed a few new items on ebay, including a US first printing LotR set. Please take a look. Thanks!



Just added an early US set of LotR, and a 1955 UK Hobbit.


By Elwë

Re: Elwe ebay auctions

Feb 24, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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BH,

Also, if you look at the beginning of this thread, you are actually seeing my current auctions live. All the links work and should take you straight to the actual auction. This was an HTML set-up by Jeremy to simply pull my current items from ebay and place them in a nice format here in the forum thread. I chose to use this thread for advertising my current auctions (as opposed to starting a new one) because it had this nice little feature! Thanks again to Jeremy!

I am planning to list a couple more items here in the next few hours, and you will see them show up in that first post as soon as I do.

-Steve


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