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By Red
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Lucky finds

Sep 9, 2010 (edited)
2010/9/9 16:32:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

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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Mar 4, 2012
2012/3/4 9:19:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yes, I think that counts as a lucky find, Red! Probably not a very valuable one, but luck doesn't have to be about monetary worth.

- wellinghall
Mar 4, 2012
2012/3/4 13:20:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yeh, these small surprises are always the best. Like when you find loose gatherings in your 1982 Super Deluxe copy of The Silmarillion!

BH
Mar 4, 2012
2012/3/4 19:38:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I had a visitor to the library the other day with a family Bible, wanting advice on binding repair. It was a nice Bible, late 18th-century, but laid inside (and not known to the owner) was an unrecorded leaflet, in mint condition, from (I think) the early 19th century, offering a special prayer to relieve the people of Kent, England from some terrible disease then afflicting them. You never know what you'll find.

Wayne
Jul 19, 2012
2012/7/19 13:49:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I was happy today to win the HarperCollins Tolkien Family Album (thanks to Khamul for selling me the Houghton Mifflin edition earlier!) for almost the original price on the dust jacket: £13. I was actually a bit surprised to see it didn't go higher, which surely indicates that it is often overpriced.
Jul 19, 2012
2012/7/19 14:15:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nice one. £13.28 is a decent/sensible price; there's no particular need to pay more. What are you going to do with the US edition now?

BH
Jul 19, 2012
2012/7/19 14:28:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'm glad to have both editions! It shouldn't be only Findegil who collect all English editions (althought that goal is of course far, far away for me -- it's a pity my wife shares no interest in Tolkien!)
Jul 19, 2012
2012/7/19 20:07:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here was a lucky find from ebay last Sunday night.

eBay Item #230825756161

A nice set of early 1st Editions in very nice condition. Price was ok, but in looking thru the photo's I saw something quite interesting. As you can see in the photo of the dustjacket on the 5th impression Fellowship. No impressions noted on the dj. Just received it yesterday, and it turned out to be a true 1st impression dustjacket. So that dj will fit nicely on one of my extra 1st Fellowships that lacked a dustjacket.

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Jul 19, 2012 (edited)
2012/7/19 21:10:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Are booksellers allowed to post on Lucky finds?

BH
Jul 21, 2012
2012/7/21 14:43:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Grrrr Morgan, outbid! Was at work, well done and enjoy!
Jul 22, 2012
2012/7/22 17:47:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I will enjoy it! Next time you'll be the winner, gilraen!
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