The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth
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Aug 14
2021/8/14 17:24:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .
Aug 14
2021/8/14 18:25:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .

Oh no... I missed it. Was it a good copy?
Aug 14
2021/8/14 20:47:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Max wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .

Oh no... I missed it. Was it a good copy?

The three pictures are still there if you click on the link. I think it is a good copy, but I am by no means an expert.
Aug 14
2021/8/14 20:50:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ligandil wrote:

Max wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .

Oh no... I missed it. Was it a good copy?

The three pictures are still there if you click on the link. I think it is a good copy, but I am by no means an expert.


The original description stated:

"25.5 cm, 367 pp, map, maps on eps, colour art illus, quarter leather over boards. Slipcase is cloth-covered. Limitation page states 294/500 and signed by Christopher Tolkien. A lovely copy which is as new. A heavy book - overseas buyers please ask for a freight quote."
Aug 15
2021/8/15 7:58:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: blacknor
(450)
Ended Aug 19, 2021
£800.00
[4 Bids]
Submitted by: Stu
Aug 15 (edited)
2021/8/15 19:28:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here's a chance to assemble a '50's set. The dust wrappers seem to be in better shape than the books which is interesting.

Seller: milesofrarebooks
(3434)
Ended Aug 16, 2021
£5,500.00
[24 Bids]
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill

Seller: milesofrarebooks
(3442)
Ended Aug 25, 2021
£350.00
[26 Bids]
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill

Seller: milesofrarebooks
(3442)
Ended Aug 25, 2021
£650.00
[23 Bids]
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill
Aug 15
2021/8/15 20:15:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Mr. Underhill wrote:

Here's a chance to assemble a nice '50's set. The dust wrappers seem to be in better shape than the books which is interesting.

These seem to me to be “sophisticated”, as you noted - the dustjackets likely came from a different set, and the dealer (or someone before them) combined the nicer books with nicer jackets to try and realize a higher selling price.

If you look at the Fellowship, for example. On the rear board, the top corner of the dustjacket is completely worn away, but the red cloth board corner is sharp and completely unworn, sticking significantly out from the worn away jacket corner. Not a wear pattern that would happen if that book was in that jacket the whole time.
Aug 15
2021/8/15 20:28:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:

Mr. Underhill wrote:

Here's a chance to assemble a nice '50's set. The dust wrappers seem to be in better shape than the books which is interesting.

These seem to me to be “sophisticated”, as you noted - the dustjackets likely came from a different set, and the dealer (or someone before them) combined the nicer books with nicer jackets to try and realize a higher selling price.

If you look at the Fellowship, for example. On the rear board, the top corner of the dustjacket is completely worn away, but the red cloth board corner is sharp and completely unworn, sticking significantly out from the worn away jacket corner. Not a wear pattern that would happen if that book was in that jacket the whole time.

Ah, yes. That makes sense now that you pointed that out. I knew something was off about these but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Thanks Urulókë
Aug 16
2021/8/16 0:03:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The fellowship will fetch good money, even though the book isn't the best. Nice jacket.
Aug 16
2021/8/16 18:11:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
What is your expectation on price for the fellowship? Does anyone here have any references of similar sales lately? Thank you
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