Tolkien Collector's Guide
Aug 12
2020/8/12 5:14:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Caudimordax wrote:

Cheers Stu, that's encouraging! I've gotten into a habit of scanning eBay and addall every day now, hopefully a decently priced one rears its head and I can nab it quickly enough. Or perhaps someone in the forums will be kind enough to sell me their extra... hey, you never know!

Also keep an eye on Amazon used. I found a copy last year on there for under £10 and I saw it because the seller had put an image against it and I was doing an image search. The tricky thing is that it shares the ISBN with a more common version, so there may well be copies that come up for sale, but just don't get discovered.
Aug 12
2020/8/12 14:48:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Stupid question here Stu, but when you say “image search”, do you mean you were just poking around google images with “1992 Unfinished tales” or some similar keyword phrase, and it popped up? Or did you do some advanced reverse image search wizardry to dig deep enough to find it?
Aug 12
2020/8/12 20:00:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Caudimordax wrote:

Stupid question here Stu, but when you say “image search”, do you mean you were just poking around google images with “1992 Unfinished tales” or some similar keyword phrase, and it popped up? Or did you do some advanced reverse image search wizardry to dig deep enough to find it?

Yep, the former - I just occasionally Google to se what turns up, and I was looking at the results as images.
Aug 13
2020/8/13 14:44:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Cheers Stu. I've also been writing in to "suspicious" Amazon listings which match the year and ISBN, but have the stock photo from the 2000 printing. It's been "no" every time, and I've done a few at this point, but who knows!

On a side note, I do rather like that 2000 printing with Tolkien's illustration of "Glorung". Very beautiful! In fact, with the new 40th anniversary UTs coming out, and the existing HCD, and of course the original printings, there are a lot of very attractive volumes.

Buuuuuuut as I've resolved to not have too many duplicate novels on my shelf, the purple UT is what I'm solidly fixed on. Of course, cheating on this little rule would land me in very good company. Hmm....
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