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Aug 4, 2013 (edited)
2013/8/4 9:55:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

I have had a bit of success with UK Hobbits recently

Every impression from the 3rd Printing of 1942 to the 24th (10th Impression of the 3rd Edition in 1975), apart from one

I only collect Hobbits with Dust-Jackets and they have to be not priced clipped, hence why no 1st or 2nd Printings, a small number of editions (three) need to be replaced because they do not fit my criteria.

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Oct 29, 2013
2013/10/29 7:31:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulöké wrote:
I really like your display technique too - I really have a good sense of what you like to collect and how proud you are of your efforts!


I prefer boxed sets :)
Feb 17, 2014 (edited)
2014/2/17 14:33:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
For many years my Tolkien collection was scattered throughout the house, some on shelves, some in boxes, some in the attic. I suspect that there is the odd box here and there still unaccounted for. Still most of it is in one room now and reaching some sort of order at last. One thing I have realised is that I still have a long way to go to get the collection that I want (of course)!

The first photo shows a corner of the room with Pauline Baynes’ famous maps and the full set of Josef Madlener’s postcard series, ‘Figures from Story and Legend’. The second one in the series and the second one from the left is the one entitled ‘Der Berggeist’ said (by Tolkien) to have been the ‘origin of Gandalf’. Below, on the top shelf of this wall, is a selection of mainly UK Hobbits.

Also on this wall are a selection of deluxe editions, academic works, Tolkien's minor fictional works and, as the wider photo shows, Silmarillion editions, box sets, other media and a selection of books with Pauline Baynes’ illustrations.

Below are some more detailed photos of these shelves. I will show the main wall in another post.

EDIT photos too large so will re-edit

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Feb 17, 2014
2014/2/17 14:58:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Brilliant
Got a question (might regret asking it!)
Why six Puffin Hobbits?
1 maybe 2 but 6.
Nice pic so far
Feb 17, 2014
2014/2/17 15:02:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
What can I say... still trying to find a (nearly) perfect one, but not succeeded yet!
Feb 17, 2014
2014/2/17 17:25:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
lol
Brilliant answer and glad i am not the only mad one out there
Think you will fill your shelfs before you do!
Got only 3 Tom B's though !
Not to self 'must reduce my collection of 10 !
Feb 17, 2014
2014/2/17 20:06:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
You're right. I don't think there's a perfect Puffin Hobbit out there (unless anyone can show otherwise!). So far as Tom Bombadil is concerned, I bought the 1972 edition in 1972, in fact. Since then I've acquired two first impressions as well.
Feb 17, 2014 (edited)
2014/2/17 22:05:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

You're right. I don't think there's a perfect Puffin Hobbit out there (unless anyone can show otherwise!).

Pretty close to perfect?

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Feb 18, 2014
2014/2/18 16:00:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well, the cover looks fantastic. Is the spine as good? (That's always been the problem for me, the edges of the spine seem to wear so quickly and leave lines of white...)
Feb 18, 2014
2014/2/18 16:08:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for showing the pictures, Roccondil. Very nice collection indeed!
Feb 18, 2014 (edited)
2014/2/18 16:31:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Roccondil wrote:
Well, the cover looks fantastic. Is the spine as good? (That's always been the problem for me, the edges of the spine seem to wear so quickly and leave lines of white...)

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