Tolkien Collector's Guide
Lucky finds
By Red

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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Mar 6, 2013
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I'm not sure if this counts as a lucky find but my wife was clearing out some old boxes and found these -

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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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--Khamul

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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.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOTR-lord-of- ... 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...

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

BH

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Mar 9, 2013
I would certainly be interested in that set as I don't own it, especially for around the price you are offering it or a trade (if I own something you would want).

I could totally be looking in the wrong places, but I'm not sure a lot of these sets are up for sale (regardless of impression) at the moment. I've always really liked the dust jackets.

Amazon.co.uk has none: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lord-Ring ... TF8&qid=1362796963&sr=8-1

Amazon.com has one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin ... TF8&condition=collectible

Abebooks has one: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Searc ... l&sortby=17&sts=t&x=0&y=0

I guess it is possible I'm looking at the wrong edition or searching by ISBN is too limited.
Mar 9, 2013
I'm looking to get my hands on this set too. There's a matching Hobbit, Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales too, right? Any others?
Mar 9, 2013
For me this is one of the lucky finds of the year so far- only one problem? I didnt see it till it had sold! The description isnt great and the photo doesnt grap your eye and you could easily miss it.

Its only when you take a good look!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lord-of-the ... nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

So for £200 buy now someone got all 12 doulton lotr figures £800-£1000 a full set of HOME by looks of it (if firsts which some will be) £700 -£1000 and thats not mentioning the plates, other books and figures. So subject to book impressions I reckon a potential lot worth at least £1,500 if not £2,500!
WOW - now that is worth going to collect !


Apr 28, 2013
Just an interesting rather than a particularly lucky find. I bought a copy of Who's Who in Literature 1932 and it has an entry for JRR Tolkien (an in acurate one as it mis-spells Ronald and lists Selections from Chaucer 1925 as one of his published works - when in fact it never saw the light of day).

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May 8, 2013
Recently acquired the 1969 Tim Kirk calendar - serendipity! Quite beautiful, and well made too. Anyone know what paper it was printed on? It is quite thick, almost waxy, and has a distinct texture.
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