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By Morgan

1st editions of LotR

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I've been looking into buying copies of A&U LotR with first-edition dustjackets (don't have any as of now), and found a FR (1st/10th) back here for ca. £70. The dj has a sunned spine and small tear at the top of the spine. I know it's not a once-in-a-lifetime bargain -- would you recommend me to wait and watch for other copies, or is it a decent price? Thanks for any thoughts.


By laurel

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Hi
£70 sounds a little steep to me
A 4th 1955 FOTR just sold for £57 on ebay which wasnt a bad buy. I think at £70 I would wait or make an offer ?
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By Morgan

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Thank you, laurel! Indeed, considering the example you have, I should definitely abide my time.


By laurel

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morgan
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Come on laurel! , I like talking prices down, but £57, for a FR 1955 4th, is pretty damn cheap --unless it was in poor condition. Even on mighty eBay £57 for something that early is quite low. You could easily expect to see an auction like this spiral to over £100, if the condition was top drawer. That said, £70 isn't particularly amazing for a FR 10th; unless, again, it's a really smart copy. Even then...

So, Morgan, no, it isn't a bargain. There are plenty of 1960's copies of LR kicking around.

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For example...

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring, 1st Edition, 4th Impression.

Perhaps (£169) the other end of the price range, but not untypical.

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Or for an even more terrible price...

J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring, 1966, last impression before the 2nd

Actually, think this might belong in another part of the forum...

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By Morgan

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Thanks for the thoughts and links, Khamul! Hm, it seems like the seller I found has a pretty reasonable price, then. Not a bargain, but not overpriced.


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Aye, middle-of-the-road stuff...

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It was in fact I who bought the fourth impression FOTR earlier today! If the book matches the description gven, it will be a decent price for the book.

I agree that it should be possible, even now, to put together a reasonable first edition set for £30 to £50 for each volume. However, you will have to keep your eyes open, take your time and not be tempted to overbid!



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