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The Old English Exodus
By laurel

The Old English Exodus

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Blimey
I was watching this auction - it went for £300 + fees so in total £366!
Thats more than a rare Unfinished Tales !



461. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Old English Exodus, first edition, edited by Joan Turville-Petre, ink inscription to endpaper, original boards, dust-jacket, price-clipped, a very good copy, 8vo, Oxford, 1981.

est. £200 – £300

Scarce.

Sold for £300
Sale 35903, 27th April 2012


By garm

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strewth!

Is it all that uncommon? I mean, there were three thousand copies printed. I have two of 'em; where's all the rest?
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WorldCat shows almost 600 known copies in libraries at this time. Assuming over the last thirty years many libraries purged their copies, I would venture a guess that most copies went straight to library collections, not to the collector market.

I rarely see these coming up for sale in nice shape (not ex-library). Doesn't mean it is a rare book, but it is scarce for collectors.
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By Jlong

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Haven't seen a copy this cheap in a while (only good condition, though): $161.04

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin ... 017&sr=8-1&condition=used
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It looks like someone bought the copy. Was it anyone from TCG?
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Another over priced ex-Library copy

(Super Rare - The Old English Exodus by J.R.R. Tolkien-hardcover w/dust jacket $544.95)

eBay Item #170914194681


By Stu

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These definitely seem to be getting cheaper, finally (although they might have a little way to come down still). I picked up a near-fine unread copy (only issue is that the "Exodus" lettering on the spine has faded from orange to yellow) for $118 on eBay. Quite possibly the only book I will buy this year, so I'm happy enough at the price paid.

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Nice find Stu!
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By Stu

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Yeah. Was glad to find it. It seems like there should be plenty of them out there, really, even if half (at a guess) ended up in various libraries. I expect there will be plenty of them floating about with pages removed to disguise their library origins at some point.

I don't normally bid on auctions in the US or ones that use the Global Shipping Program, but I made an exception for this one, which was in Utah (and spent quite a bit of time making sure the seller packaged it properly in an appropriately sized flat rate box with internal padding, rather than a padded envelope). eBay still opened it, but at least they didn't repackage or do any damage. I figure if you overpack or under-pack, you are screwed when it comes to GSP auctions. That said, it arrived very quickly (less than a week).


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I bought a copy many years ago - so long that I can't even remember whether it was on eBay, Abebooks, or some other online portal - from someone who had only listed the title and the editor. I paid a good price (for me, not for him); he then took ages to send it to me, and I was worried that he had realised what he had, and sold it to someone else for a higher price. But it turned up in the end.

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