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Individual Value of 1st Edition 1st Imp. LOTR Set

Individual Value of 1st Edition 1st Imp. LOTR Set

Apr 11

I would love to buy the books individually, but I understand that established sellers usually try to lump the books together and sell it as a set.

May I ask how you would allocate the value of each book? For example, lets say the set is worth GBP 30,000. Hypothetically all three books are in equivalent near-fine condition. Would you say, individually they are worth 1:1:1 of GBP 30,000 (GBP 10,000 each, I know highliy unlikely)? What do you guys think? Obviously the Return of the King would cost far less since it was printed in larger number.
Apr 11
I think there is a markup on complete sets as you say - it would be possible to assemble a set from individual volumes bought over time for less, but essentially impossible for them to look like a matching set.

* Fellowship of the Ring: 3000 copies printed
* The Two Towers: 3250 copies printed
* The Return of the King: 7000 copies printed

(All numbers from Hammond's Bibliography pp. 83-86).

I think, given the gradual release of the three volumes, that the likelihood of finding them in fine condition goes up quite a bit for each (Fellowship the rarest in other words).
Apr 11
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The_Antiquarian wrote:
Obviously, the Return of the King would cost far less since it was printed in a larger number.


There are different states on this UK edition, so you also need to decide which one you want, http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/1st-rotk.php

If you watch this youtube video, they get the first state of The Return of the King wrong

Apr 11
Good point on the state differences, Trotter.
Apr 12
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Hello guys, thank you very much for your wisdom!

I talked to an established bookseller and he puts the price of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers near-equivalent.

Anyhow, thank you!
Apr 13

The_Antiquarian wrote:
Hello guys, thank you very much for your wisdom!

I talked to an established bookseller and he puts the price of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers near-equivalent.

Anyhow, thank you!


Sounds about right. I think TT is a little bit lower priced, but not even close to the difference between RoTK and the others.
Apr 14
Yeah, RoTK should be priced lower as it is more common on the market. I would place FoTR and TT in the similar price range.

Here is a part of my grandfather's and father's first edition collection. Most of the collection is stored in boxes as I do not have enough space for everything at this time. There are a lot of early (and first) impressions. I did buy some of the first editions myself to complete the impressions.

What is interesting, I do have some variations that are not mentioned anywhere, not even in Hammond.

For instance , I have a first impression RoTK wih dozens of variants, not just the famous 4 variant.

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Apr 14
Some more variations of the first impression RotK

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Apr 14
Lokki,
This looks amazing!!!
Thanks for sharing
Apr 14
Details of textual history tend to accumulate over time, thanks largely to the efforts of collectors who take the time to acquire and closely compare copies. We would be very interested to know more about the dozens of variants mentioned, not just for bibliographical interest but in case the published text needs to be corrected.

Wayne & Christina
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