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By Stu
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Market Information - Hobbit First Edition 4th Printing with jacket - 4x prior seller's price

Jun 28 (edited)
2020/6/28 20:53:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Just a warning that this exact same copy was up for sale on-and-off for the last couple of years on eBay UK for £1,900 - £,2000 (the price dropped a little over time), and now Dogfark / Mark Faith has it up for sale for £7,995.

Note that it has a bookplate, which Dogfark - unlike the previous seller - is neglecting to show in his pictures.
[Update - the seller has added pictures including the bookplate]


Seller: dogfark (2164)
Ended Aug 4, 2020
Buy-It-Now:
£9,995.00
Submitted by: Stu
Jul 5
2020/7/5 20:45:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The listing has been updated with pictures including the bookplate., and he has dropped the price.
Jul 5
2020/7/5 20:49:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's a nice, neat & tidy bookplate anyway. No need to have been hiding it.
Jul 6 (edited)
2020/7/6 6:30:58 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's good - only a little under 3 times the prior seller's [final] asking price now. Just reporting the facts with regards this specific copy and its sales history, so potential buyers can make informed purchase decisions based on real market values. Sales history tends to get lost in eBay, so people can easily become misinformed as to how the market has previously responded to offerings when they come back up for sale.

No one is claiming this is not a nice copy. It is just a nice copy that was up for sale for a long time at £2000 (then £1900) and it seems, finally raised a little to £2,500.

Edit. I have attached prior sales info from eBay. It appears to have finally sold at the point the asking price was £2,500 (so the seller got a little more than he had been asking for on the previous listings, which I kept a close eye on [In the end I personally got a jacketed copy for £510 - though not nearly such a nice jacket as this one]).

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Jul 6
2020/7/6 7:01:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here’s the eBay listing info from the prior sale for posterity.

Seller: godslobotomy (823)
Ended Jun 28, 2020
Buy-It-Now:
£2,500.00
Submitted by: Urulókë
Jul 6
2020/7/6 7:09:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Also worth noting that some attempt has been made to reduce the impact of the prior catalogue number (removing sicker and partial erasing of the square bracket ink marks). I'm not a huge fan of this kind of pen mark tidy up as it tends to thin the paper. Also seems a bit pointless as the 485 wasn't going anywhere.

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Jul 6
2020/7/6 7:14:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think I'd personally have had a crack at removing the sticker too, tbh. Wasn't particularly neat looking. A clean pen number looks a lot better. Having said that, not sure if I'd actually have gone through with it on £2500 book. And if the number was known to mean something (the owner was known, etc) then I wouldn't have touched it, obviously.

It really is a cracking jacket though.
Jul 6
2020/7/6 7:18:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Khamûl wrote:
I think I'd personally have had a crack at removing the sticker too, tbh. Wasn't particularly neat looking. A clean pen number looks a lot better. Having said that, not sure if I'd actually have gone through with it on £2500 book. And if the number was known to mean something (the owner was known, etc) then I wouldn't have touched it, obviously.

It really is a cracking jacket though.


Oh yeah, I'd have removed the sticker as well. I meant I wouldn't have tried to rub out the pen marks as the only way to do it is to use light abrasive and the wartime paper is very, very thin and then it is prone to looking translucent from the reverse if you hold up to the light.
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