Tolkien Collector's Guide
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Aug 23, 2019
2019/8/23 20:30:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Lokki wrote:

Khamûl wrote:
I'm assume this is the same copy that sold for ~$1980/£1618 less than two weeks ago. So disappointing to see books just filtering through bookdealers' hands.

Seller: flourishingbooks63 (687)
Ended Sep 6, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
£4,250.00
Submitted by: Stu, Lokki, Khamûl


Now asking for £5k!

This is amusing though:
Please look at pictures and if you wish for more message me, willing to deliver book in person within the UK. [Italics mine]


That is amusing indeed! I really don't have any sympathy for guys who just wish to profit from Tolkien.

The market clearly showed it was only worth £1600. I hope, like Dogfark, he is stuck holding his now-overpriced book for a long time. That said, at least this copy hasn't been tampered with to make it look better than it is...
Aug 24, 2019
2019/8/24 5:05:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The Dust-jacket is also printed to war economy standard and is much thinner very very few copies survived!

I can't tell any difference in dust-jacket thickness between the 1942/1946 Hobbits and the other 1st/2nd/3rd edition dust-jackets.
Aug 30, 2019
2019/8/30 17:12:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not an eBay auction, but someone may be interested.

https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot ... ywordalertlive&utm_term=2
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 7:46:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Stu wrote:

The market clearly showed it was only worth £1600. I hope, like Dogfark, he is stuck holding his now-overpriced book for a long time. That said, at least this copy hasn't been tampered with to make it look better than it is...

Sorry to ask, but does the 1942 The Children's Book Club Hobbit is worth the same that the basic 1942 A&U edition ?
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 7:50:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Druss wrote:
Stu wrote:

The market clearly showed it was only worth £1600. I hope, like Dogfark, he is stuck holding his now-overpriced book for a long time. That said, at least this copy hasn't been tampered with to make it look better than it is...

Sorry to ask, but does the 1942 The Children's Book Club Hobbit is worth the same that the basic 1942 A&U edition ?

With a dust jacket, I would think it might be worth more -- they are very uncommon.
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 9:09:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yep more by some way, only ever seen about 3-4 on ebay over many years
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 12:05:56 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'd agree, only a small number of GA&U copies exist with dust-jackets, but it looks like a lot less Foyle's original dust-jackets exist. In both cases, the condition for either existing dust-jackets is not good.
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 15:59:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
If I understand you well, it's only the dust-jacket that make them valuable ?
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 16:11:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not really, these are UK first edition's which are not easy to get hold of, however if you have a look at Deagol's excellent site for print numbers, http://tolkienbooks.net/php/earlyhobbits.php#1st

3000 Foyles Book Club Edition with very rare dust-jackets.
1509 GA&U with rare dust-jackets.

They are both UK 1st edition Hobbits printed in small numbers, but it does appear that even though more of the Book Club Edition were published than Allen & Unwin, less dust-jackets survive.

My Book Club copy has a facsimile dust-jacket, but it also has a value as a UK first edition Hobbit
Aug 31, 2019
2019/8/31 17:22:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Ah great. Thanks for the enlightenment, Trotter (I always fear to miss the nuances as I do not speak perfectly English).
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