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David Miller Slipcases

Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 17:37:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Has anyone gotten custom slipcases from from tolkienbookshelf.com ? Any opinions? I mean as a standalone purchase (the book + slipcase offerings seem over-expensive). Or has anyone gotten custom slipcases from any other source?
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 17:53:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
His leather slipcases are of excellent quality; similar in design but far superior in terms of execution to slipcases used by HarperCollins.
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 18:00:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Highly recommend
Good quality - reasonable cost for what you get
Ordered many over the years - always helpful
Nov 1, 2016 (edited)
2016/11/1 19:29:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Worth pointing out that they aren't "collectable", so they don't add financial value to an ordinarily slipcased book that is missing the original slipcase. They are kind of like facsimile dust jackets in that regard. I'd still consider buying the odd one, but I do recognise a sales tool when I see one (and they seem to be used to justify some pretty out there prices on fairly ordinary books, IMHO).
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 20:03:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I agree with Stu in that they don't add intrinsic value. But, having had/seen the occasional one in the past (and connecting to another recent thread), having a full case for a book can protect it immeasurably, preserving fragile dyes in the dustjacket from UV light for example. That way the book is still on your shelf and not in a storage box out of the way, but it is still completely protected.
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 20:23:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Additionally David is very kind and helpful. A set of his HoMe cases I ordered were not an exact fit (one case was rotated and the measurements got switched). He generously made me another set even though I said I was happy to make do with the first set. That's above and beyond in my opinion. I agree that his cases are excellent protection for books that lack it.
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 21:29:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
They're fantastic. So is DM; really helpful guy. Also, they do add value. Come on!, they look great...

BH

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Nov 1, 2016 (edited)
2016/11/1 22:03:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
They're fantastic. So is DM; really helpful guy. Also, they do add value. Come on!, they look great...

BH

Sorry, I really have to disagree. I don't believe they add *financial* value (I chose my wording very specifically). Most embellishments don't. I'm not saying they aren't nice (although I don't personally like the style of slipcase in your image), but a set of common books doesn't suddenly become valuable because you stick them in a nice slipcase (and I'm not arguing that David M. doesn't produce some very nice slipcases -- he does).
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 22:39:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I don't agree. At the very least it adds value to the value of the slipcase itself. They're not worth nothing. Take a book worth, say, £80-90 (not your example, a "common" book; that's a straw man argument, as you're always going to struggle to add value to ten-a-penny books); add a slipcase & it's going to sell for £100. 'Tis fact! Stu, it happens on eBay, so it must be true...

BH
Nov 1, 2016
2016/11/1 22:49:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Might as well add my 2 cent opinion (and stir the pot).

Have to agree with Khamul. The Slipcase itself has to have some sort of value (at least to the cost of the slipcase itself).

And it does serve to protect the value of the book itself over time.

And pretties the book up a bit so we can admire it on the bookshelf.
Nov 1, 2016 (edited)
2016/11/1 23:58:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
I don't agree. At the very least it adds value to the value of the slipcase itself. They're not worth nothing. Take a book worth, say, £80-90 (not your example, a "common" book; that's a straw man argument, as you're always going to struggle to add value to ten-a-penny books); add a slipcase & it's going to sell for £100. 'Tis fact! Stu, it happens on eBay, so it must be true...

BH

The reason I chose the "common book" example, is this is how I have seen these slipcases used on eBay. Thirty dollars worth of books tied together with slipcase and up for absurd asking prices.

I'll agree that they are not worth nothing, but they aren't worth the retail price second-hand, unless you happen to find a buyer that really wants that exact after-market slipcase. Rebinds and embellishment (facsimile jackets, slipcases, random photocopies of Tolkien's will) are almost always not worth the purchase cost in terms of resale value.

And yes, I've seen a $10 silmarillion up for sale in a DM slipcase.

Now, what they are worth to the individual who choses to purchase them is a different matter. I don't personally see the point (they don't protect the spine from UV and that is the only bit of a book on the shelf that is going to come to harm). But for people who like them, they seem nicely made.
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