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Lucky finds
By Red
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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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Oct 2, 2011
Hi Deagol,

you are correct. I have found that my (many) ABE wants are gone if they are listed overnight (which is daytime for the UK) and I have a good shot at nabbing them if I get them mid-day (overnight for the UK). I wonder if there is a pattern here.....

1922 (the year before) of The Microcosm raised £250 at 10/- per annual subscription (so ~500 subscribers) according to the summer 1923 issue. So I would guess there were more than 500 issues of Spring 1923 printed. The later issues I now have do not indicate how much was raised in 1923 so I don't have a better number to work from.
Jan 21, 2012
Recently I have had a pretty good run and my two latest purchases are a linguaphone set for £15 pounds and the Book of Fairy Poetry by Dora Owen for $10.63.

The postage to ship the linguaphone set to Australia boasted the price a fair bit, but it was still worth the price.

i have just bought a new house and like Stu (with his fine car), I keep telling my girlfriend that i am not buying any more books for a while and I am going to contcentrate on cataloging my never seems to work out that way and you realise how much of an addiction collecting can be.

Jan 22, 2012
Well done
The Dora Owen book is very nice and one of my favourites. Pictures are very detailed. (note one on ebay at moment for £180+). The tricky part is - Has it got the jacket? If it has fantastic. Spent ages trying to get mine for a sensible price.

I had a linguaphone set but sold it as felt unlike books /pictures i couldnt look ,pick it up and it was just sat in plain black box. If i had an old player i may have played them but would have feared scratching them.

Well done again
Jan 23, 2012
no dust jacket unfortunately. Still you can't have everything.

Jan 23, 2012
Does anyone here own a copy of the Dora Owen book in a jacket?
I am interested to know which illustration appears on the upper cover.
Jan 23, 2012
One has the illustration from "The Ferlie" on Page 22 on the Upper Cover of the DJ.

The other has the illustration from "The Fairy Revel" on Page 62.
Jan 23, 2012
Now that is gready - two copies

mine has The Veairies P68 and very nice too.

Looks like all of them may have had their turn ? Anyone got Goblin feet - now that would be special
Jan 23, 2012
The Dora Owen book sold for GBP211.79 on Ebay recently. The book was very well represented in the listing, the seller really did a good job with that. As far as I could tell no dust jacket present.

eBay Item #370576512039

On abebooks there is a copy for sale WITH a dust jacket for GBP490.95. ... ook%2Bof%2BFairy%2BPoetry

I'm not in anyway an expert on pricing but I've read that a dust jacket can represent up to 80% of a book's value. So either the Ebay book sold too high or the Abebooks listing is a bargain? (The third option being I suck at math).

Jan 23, 2012
So either the Ebay book sold too high or the Abebooks listing is a bargain? (The third option being I suck at math).


eBay sold too high!? Abebooks bargain!? The first --I think so. The second --never heard of such a thing. I don't know if you suck at math(s). (It was, as you say, a pretty smart looking auction tho'.)

Mar 3, 2012
Don't know if this qualifies as a lucky find or not, but I found this tucked inside a softcover copy of The Silmarillion. I bought the book some time ago, but never noticed the bookmark until now.

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