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Feb 16, 2009 (edited)

Having just spent a lot of money on what I think is a rare item, eBay often comes up trumps with what can only be described as What????

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/50th-Anniversar ... |65%3A3|39%3A1|240%3A1318
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Jan 29, 2013
http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Hobbit-Bo ... Books&hash=item3f218da9e7

Bought this book with the same sketch and signed a few weeks ago with DJ for far far far less.

Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Halla --why were you bidding on it? It doesn't say it's a 1st, & I don't see any evidence ("Questions and answers about this item" posted by seller) anyone asked. Were you anywhere near that £92 mark? I think you could get a copy far, far cheaper than this.

BH
Jan 30, 2013
The listing itself is hysterical:

Must be very rare--i can't find this edition anywhere: eBay, WorthPoint, etc. No where. The only other one that came close was selling for $999. Mine looks the same as that, and is in better condition, but he says his is illustrated by Tolkien. He could be mistaken. Anyway--mine is also hardback, but illustrated by the great Alan Lee. Both b/w and color ilustrations, and lots of 'em. Inside is in absolute MINT condition. Cover is darn near mint too--just two pin-point white specks, and a 1/4" by 1/16" smudge on the back. They'll probably wipe off, but i am not going to touch this thing. Found it in parent's attic. Pages nice and crisp. Just beautiful.


BH
Jan 30, 2013
Great photos to show off this very rare book, what a numpty (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=numpty)

From the pictures it appears to be missing the dust-jacket, but from the description it may be included, but even so one of the best entries to The Wonders of... for a long time

Have a look at this listing from ebay, one book seems to be a lot more expensive than items that you "can't find this edition anywhere: eBay, WorthPoint, etc. No where. The only other one that came close was selling for $999. Mine looks the same as that, and is in better condition". I can see two US copies in the listing both of which have dust-jackets.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat ... +alan+lee+hardback&_sop=3
Jan 30, 2013
Not a good listing if you want to know what you might be getting for £1000-£1450

"“Vol 1 VG The Book of Lost Tales - HarperCollins 1991Vol 2 VG The Book of Lost Tales Part II - HarperCollins 1991Vol 3 VG The Lays of Beleriand - HarperCollins 1991Vol 4 VG The Shaping of Middle Earth - HarperCollins 1991Vol 5 VG The Lost Road and Other Writings - HarperCollins 1991Vol 6 VG The Return of the Shadow - HarperCollins 1991Vol 7 VG The Treason of Isengard - HarperCollins 1991Vol 8 VG The War of the Ring - UnwinHyman 1991Vol 9 VG Sauron Defeated - HarperCollins 1992Vol 10 VG Morgoth's Ring - HarperCollins 1993Vol 11 VG/Inside front dust jacket price cut The War of the Jewels - HarperCollins - publisher date page missingVol 12 VG The Peoples of Middle Earth - HarperCollins 1996”"

Looks like two firsts War of the Jewels and Peoples of Middle-Earth

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tolkien-The ... ction&hash=item1e76db5e96


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Jan 31, 2013
Khamul - If you know where I can get one far cheaper, please let me know. There is only one listed on Abebooks at the moment and as I said, I stopped bidding when the price passed that one. There was a cheap one listed a few months ago which sold within minutes of being listed. I tried to buy it but the seller had to email me to say that it had already sold and the impression I got was that I was not the only one who had unsuccessfully tried to buy it.

On another topic, am I the only one who is currently being redirected to blogs.fantasygifts.com when I try to get on the tolkienbooks.net site?
Jan 31, 2013
I don't really know; I just don't think you need to pay that much. And, as I said, how do you know it's a first? I bought my 1st imp. copy in 2006 (so long, long after publication) for £3.95 on eBay. John Howe signed it at the Edinburgh Book Festival a few years later. I have a 2nd & 3rd imp., but didn't pay much for them either. Keep an eye on "Interesting eBay Auctions" --one will be flagged up eventually.

For tolkienbooks.net issues: see other thread.

BH
Jan 31, 2013
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/ ... ster-swordsmiths-edition/

Orcrist is made with the same attention to detail that the swordsmiths of the lost realm of Gondolin would have required.

And only $10K a piece!
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