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May 1
2021/5/1 1:24:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: obeliskbooks
(572)
Ended May 10, 2021
£800.00
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Stu


Not any of the artists' finest work. Must have been some super-rushed sketching at the event.

Also, some very blurry pictures from ObeliskBooks, who have been around long enough to buy a camera.
May 1
2021/5/1 2:08:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Also, some very blurry pictures from ObeliskBooks, who have been around long enough to buy a camera.

100% of their listings are like this. It’s funny because the blurriest one is always the copyright page.
May 1
2021/5/1 2:28:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Philomythos wrote:

Stu wrote:

Also, some very blurry pictures from ObeliskBooks, who have been around long enough to buy a camera.

100% of their listings are like this. It’s funny because the blurriest one is always the copyright page.


You actually have to try to take photos that bad these days, even with a budget smartphone. Mind you, vaseline on the lens is probably a good thing in this case. I'm half decent at sketching (but only half), and I'd be pretty unhappy with most of those (it is hard to see Ted's through the blur, so his might well be better than the picture lets on).

I feel like the owner of the book had a sketch by Ted, which was OK (but odd in an Alan Lee illustrated book) and then went on to completely ruin it.
May 1
2021/5/1 6:19:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: jill_1956
(1596)
Ended May 7, 2021
£41.99
[5 Bids]
Submitted by: Trotter
May 1
2021/5/1 6:57:22 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Jlong wrote:

As I've expressed earlier, that edition is not my cup of tea. That copy that sold seems pricey even with sale prices being what they currently are.

What did the rest of you pay for that edition?

I paid £22 in 2019 for a 1st print 1968 in pretty decent condition. Was super lucky on that one. One of my nicest bargains alongside my purple UT at £9.
May 1
2021/5/1 9:08:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

emilien wrote:

Jlong wrote:

As I've expressed earlier, that edition is not my cup of tea. That copy that sold seems pricey even with sale prices being what they currently are.

What did the rest of you pay for that edition?

I paid £22 in 2019 for a 1st print 1968 in pretty decent condition. Was super lucky on that one. One of my nicest bargains alongside my purple UT at £9.

That was a good price for your Hobbit. I now know of three people that have gotten purple UTs for £9ish (myself included). Must be a lucky number.
May 1
2021/5/1 11:01:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

onthetrail wrote:

Stu wrote:

Berelach wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The Hobbit (Longmans, Pleasure In Reading) -...
J.R.R. Tolkien
30904151553
(Hardcover)
$618.71
Availability: Not Available


If you realllly want it...

At this point, I would not be surprised if that sold.

It has been removed or sold

Just to disclose the secret: I've bought this copy. I paid £330 for it. This isn't low, but I think reasonable, considering some aspects:

- I bought it from Ireland, this means no additional VAT or customs fees, even no fees for currency exchange for me.
- shipping costs are included
- prices are increasing
- this book is scarce

tbh, even the lucky strikes reported here do not represent 'normal' price levels. (I would have grabbed it as well for such a ridiculous small amount, if I would have gotten such a chance in the past ;))
Looking at the price Berelach paid years ago and adding all stated further aspects, this price was not a bargain but still acceptable, I think.
May 1
2021/5/1 15:56:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Beginner's question: why is the Longman's edition of The Hobbit so valuable/expensive among collectors?
May 1
2021/5/1 16:07:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ligandil wrote:

Beginner's question: why is the Longman's edition of The Hobbit so valuable/expensive among collectors?

I think it's a combination of things.
1. The cover artist is unknown and the cover is so unlike any other Tolkien book
2. These were for elementary schools and libraries, so most got beat up pretty badly and are not around anymore
3. There were only two print runs (I don't know the size) perhaps others do.
May 1
2021/5/1 16:08:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I don't know the exact reason, but it could be why The Lord of the Rings Readers Union editions are sought after and treasured: it's a kind of one-off. As far as I'm aware, Longman's hasn't published any other Tolkien titles besides The Hobbit, likewise with Readers Union with regards to The Lord of the Rings.
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