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2 Oct, 2011
2011-10-2 3:29:54 PM UTC
A brilliant find - well done , hats off to you. If you find another copy let me know
2 Oct, 2011
2011-10-2 4:44:34 PM UTC
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.
21 Jan, 2012
2012-1-21 11:03:18 PM UTC
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.

22 Jan, 2012
2012-1-22 8:21:39 AM UTC
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
23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 5:31:13 AM UTC
no dust jacket unfortunately. Still you can't have everything.

23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 6:25:37 PM UTC
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.
23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 6:40:18 PM UTC
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.
23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 7:17:50 PM UTC
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
23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 9:51:56 PM UTC
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.

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On abebooks there is a copy for sale WITH a dust jacket for GBP490.95. ... 2Bof%252BFairy%252BPoetry

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).

23 Jan, 2012
2012-1-23 10:12:00 PM UTC
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'.)

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