The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
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May 24
2021/5/24 19:00:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller doesn't know what a "clamshell" case is either.
May 24
2021/5/24 20:26:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My problem with these prices is the idea that something being uncommon should make it valuable. I mean, really, what is special about these 1991 boxed sets? The book jackets themselves are really quite nice (but those can still be had at a sane price). I was happy to collect my set at the price I paid, but otherwise, I just don't see how anyone would want something like this at this kind of price. The most expensive book I have ever bought (the Nasmith/CT signed deluxe Sil) only cost me fractionally more - and I thought that was absurd. I mean, my jacketed '46 Hobbit cost me less. My unjacketed '42 Children's Book Club Hobbit cost a LOT less.
May 24
2021/5/24 20:44:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

My problem with these prices is the idea that something being uncommon should make it valuable. I mean, really, what is special about these 1991 boxed sets? The book jackets themselves are really quite nice (but those can still be had at a sane price). I was happy to collect my set at the price I paid, but otherwise, I just don't see how anyone would want something like this at this kind of price. The most expensive book I have ever bought (the Nasmith/CT signed deluxe Sil) only cost me fractionally more - and I thought that was absurd. I mean, my jacketed '46 Hobbit cost me less. My unjacketed '42 Children's Book Club Hobbit cost a LOT less.

I was about to write something similar. To my beginner's eyes, it doesn't look so special. Sure, it looks nice, but I'd much rather spend $50-100 on another book, Tolkien or not. But $500+? I hope I never bid against this person!
May 24
2021/5/24 22:37:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My concern, honestly, is that these just aren't very good books. I'm reasonably confident in the long life of most GA&U editions. Most. But early HC editions can become quite brittle in the binding. I can almost hear some of them falling apart a little bit more, every time I open them. The price is almost comical. I really worry someone thinks this is worth £500+. It looks a bit careless even; like throwing money around. But, maybe it's a experienced collector & this is just one of these sets they've never been able to get hold of...
May 25
2021/5/25 4:12:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: mohairghost
(305)
Ended May 31, 2021
£107.00
[17 Bids]
Submitted by: Trotter
May 27
2021/5/27 17:58:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: vintagebits05
(71)
Ended Jun 2, 2021
£200.00
[1 Bids]
Submitted by: Trotter
May 28
2021/5/28 22:44:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It's in great shape, I have a 1st and Last and it's in better condition than either.

Seller: brewskari
(4080)
Ended Jun 4, 2021
£102.00
[8 Bids]
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill
May 29
2021/5/29 2:12:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Interesting printing error on this one.

Seller: little_sailor_girl
(423)
Ended Jun 2, 2021
£80.00
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Stu
May 30
2021/5/30 19:19:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: slammingfrog
(879)
Ended Jun 9, 2021
£1,000.00
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: emilien
May 30
2021/5/30 22:18:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: deepneutralbooks
(827)
Ended Jun 6, 2021
£31.00
[3 Bids]
Submitted by: Stu
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