The Nature of Middle-earth
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Jul 11
2021/7/11 23:31:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

Seller: gollumanelf63
(4205)
Ended Jul 18, 2021
£5,500.00
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Trotter

Is there any reason at all why this would hold any especial value beyond a typical random conference proceedings (i.e. worth next to nothing)?
Jul 12
2021/7/12 5:47:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It appears to be a rare book, but I can't see any value in it.

The price appears to come from 'rare' and mentions 'Tolkien'.

If someone wants to read it then it is readily available from libraries, https://www.worldcat.org/title/scholar ... rku-finland/oclc/34633224
Jul 12
2021/7/12 7:11:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

It appears to be a rare book, but I can't see any value in it.

The price appears to come from 'rare' and mentions 'Tolkien'.

If someone wants to read it then it is readily available from libraries, https://www.worldcat.org/title/scholar ... rku-finland/oclc/34633224


So same as my limited edition of 12 copies Songs of the Philologists? Will happily accept £5,000 for my copy. :)
Jul 20
2021/7/20 10:54:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: lataraoxalic
(1961)
Ended 2021/10/20 6:00:52
Buy-It-Now:
$2,000.00
Submitted by: northman


Im sticking with my 61 copy
Jul 23
2021/7/23 22:17:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The same '54 copy of The Hobbit a couple of weeks apart. Sold for £387 at open auction, dealer now listing for £950 (with a lot less description).

Other than the nice jacket, it is a somewhat nasty copy, and the new listing doesn't show the back of the boards, unlike the fully open and honest original one (so I've included the original picture for posterity).

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Jul 23
2021/7/23 22:42:46 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I thought that book looked familiar. I only glanced at the original listing once so I couldn't place this new one.

Obviously this is way over priced. This seller is clearly trying to pull one over.
Jul 24
2021/7/24 0:43:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
And regarding the US copy that's been for sale for a while, I finally got an answer regarding the missing section on the front of the dustjacket...

Let's just say I am skeptical about the response...

"There is a lot of chipping to the DJ. But it is still all of one piece. I had a photo of the complete DJ. But I took it down to accommodate other requests. Thank you for your interest."

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Jul 24
2021/7/24 17:37:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Right in line with what Stu was saying. Here is another example of price gouging just after the same lot sold.

Previous listing and what they sold for 260 GBP

Seller: chloboho
(322)
Ended Jul 14, 2021
£260.09
[29 Bids]
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill


Price gouging listing (same books) where they want 700 GBP

Seller: andrew323
(1662)
Ended Aug 3, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
£699.99
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill
Jul 24
2021/7/24 18:01:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
They have had a go at repairing the dust-jackets, but not convinced that a very good job has been done
Jul 24
2021/7/24 21:13:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
More re the US Hobbit. Funnily enough the seller has not actually re-posted this image that shows that the jacket is magically complete, despite his own pictures showing this not to be the case. Also worth saying, I saw this when it was first posted, and I never saw such an image (the one he states he removed).

I find this one really bizarre, to be honest. I don't get how sellers have decent feedback ratings and then do weirdly clueless stuff like this.

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