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Lucky finds
By Red
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Lucky finds

Sep 9, 2010 (edited)

Sometimes the fates smile upon you. Last week I was perusing the book section at one of the local thrift stores when I came upon a set of the trilogy in hardcover. It was a first impression of the Unwin Allen second edition in very good condition. The best part is I picked it up for about 5 pounds. Has anyone else ever been lucky enough to stumble on a similar situation?
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Dec 22, 2012
Sorry khamul!

Now here is a lucky find. It arrived today and looks better than I hoped. Slight crease on spine but pages tight and clean and it includes the 'friends' label.

I think for £125 is was a bargain and just goes to show they are still out there !

Think my Sil's done now bar red super deuxe edition.

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Dec 26, 2012
Congrats laurel, I was some minutes too late for this. But perhaps I have more luck with a Methuen Sil next time.

But heres another lucky find. ... _trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Though it's hard to find something these days.

Jan 5, 2013
It appears that somebody has offered £50K for "Tolkien's fireplace", good luck on getting any provenance that it was in the house when the Tolkien's lived there.

I have no reason to think it was

He is still claiming that the postcard, valued at £795 (no indication on who valued it) is by Lin Carter, what an idiot. ... __50k_bid_on_eBay/?ref=nt
Jan 5, 2013
Wasn't it 'Bruce' who offered that amount, and was turned down? I can't find the ebay page at the moment.

The cynical among us might feel that the seller is just using the non-sale of the fireplace to get an item into his local paper. I agree, he's not likely to sell without provenance - which reminds me; is Beren around?
Mar 6, 2013
I'm not sure if this counts as a lucky find but my wife was clearing out some old boxes and found these - ... ienCards1_zps450ca58a.jpg ... ienCards2_zpsa3b0d2c6.jpg ... nJournals_zps177b6e4d.jpg

I remember buying them when a teenager at the same time I bought my first Silmarillion (1977, so I was 16). I even have the original envelopes that came with the cards. I thought they were long gone, lost when we moved house, so I was thrilled when she dug them from the bottom of a box and showed them to me. Now if she can only find my 1978 Silmarillion Calendar that I would have thought was lost at the same time!

P.S. First time posting photos, please let me know if I've done anything wrong.

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Mar 6, 2013
Thanks very much Khamul.
Mar 8, 2013
Anyone nab this one on eBay. I think I was a few minutes too late. ... nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Mar 8, 2013
I'm pretty sure it was listed yesterday at some point. To be honest I don't think the price is that incredible. I mean, if that boxset (which does admittedly look in lovely condition; as do all the books) is a set of later impressions, then it's not that unusual to see it go for £10-20. Ditto The Silmarillion --if it's a reprint then I'm not sure you'd be paying that much for it.

I have a spare one of these (the LotRs boxset that is), if anyone wants it...

Mar 8, 2013
Jlong --you want my spare boxset, don't you?


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