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Uncut page edges

Feb 9
2020/2/9 1:14:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Looking for people's opinions here.

I just received a "new" (uncut and unread) Tolkien related book. The top edges of most gatherings are still attached, as well as many of the fore-edges. The condition of the book is of course outstanding, as no-one has ever read it obviously.

Should I cut the edges to make the book usable? Keep it in pristine uncut condition?

I am intentionally not mentioning what book it is (it is a scholarly work, not a fictional one, and scarce) to keep the conversation just on page edges and not on particular titles and values.

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Feb 9
2020/2/9 2:19:22 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Depends whether you want to read it or if it is a shelf ornament. Also depends on value. If it was a $200 item, i'd be more inclined to cut it than a $1,000 item. That said, I don't buy $1,000 items, ipso facto it would be a $200 item and I'd probably cut it!
Feb 9
2020/2/9 5:50:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have one very old book with Tolkien's contributions in it and the pages were uncut, and I have left them uncut. I have a probably an illegal pdf of the text, which I can read legally if on holiday in the USA.
Feb 9
2020/2/9 5:57:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'd leave them uncut.
Feb 9
2020/2/9 8:50:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think I know the book 😁 my copy was uncut too, but I carefully cut the pages containing Tolkien’s contribution as I really wanted to read it. Have not felt any regrets since. I do think quite a few copies are still uncut.
Feb 9
2020/2/9 13:13:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The page number is fairly treasonous, so I think I know the book as well
Mine is still uncut, I would rather leave it. Maybe you can get the Tolkien text from alternative sources?
Feb 9
2020/2/9 14:46:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think we all have had a go at what book this is, from the limited info supplied, and I am sure a lot of people have got it right

I'm going to suggest the copy that I think it is, but please keep on topic with Urulókë's original post, if I am wrong let us know.

I am intentionally not mentioning what book it is (it is a scholarly work, not a fictional one, and scarce) to keep the conversation just on page edges and not on particular titles and values.

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details2.php?id=63
Feb 9
2020/2/9 15:57:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
What Éarendel said. (Also, Trotter, I don't think that's it.)
Feb 9
2020/2/9 16:24:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Should have known you all would try to guess anyways. 😉

Trotter is not right.

The page number was not intentionally chosen, it is not related to the Tolkien content.

The article is available as an offprint as well.
Feb 9
2020/2/9 17:15:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Last printed letter should be an “E”
Right?
Feb 9
2020/2/9 17:39:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It actually ends with a pun.

😉
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