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drogo
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Feb 17 2007, 7:25pm


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I am very happy to see a collecting forum here since as many of you know, I have been a Tolkien book collecting fanatic since the early 90s (long before the movies were a germ in PJ's zombie-addled brain)! This thread can be one to post pics or collecting stories about books by and about Tolkien--rare, collectible, unusual, as well as beloved editions you have great sentimental ties to (held together by rubber bands, etc.).

I'll start..

This was the start of my collection, a 1962 9th impression of the first edition of The Two Towers



I was in London in 1992 as a graduate student on some grant money, and I discovered a little street off Charing Cross Rd. called Cecil Court. It is a booklovers paradise! It looks not unlike the Diagon Alley set in the Harry Potter movies, and is crammed full of bookshops and shops carrying antique maps, lithographs, etc. Now being a poor student abroad, I really didn't have the funds to buy a lot, but I decided to sacrifice and bought an 1864 edition of Dickens's Little Dorrit (Victorian fiction was my speciality back then, and I still love the Victiorian novelists) for 50. I was trilled with my purchase and about to head out the door when I spied this copy of Tolkien in the window (worst place for a book with a dustjacket like that, but there it was).

I had long been a fan of Tolkien and read LOTR first when I was 13. My parents gave me a hardcover boxed set (1978 Revised Edition) the next year, and those I had reread several times. I had been a book lover, but mostly 19th-century books up to that point. But seeing that Eye of Sauron hooked me. That book cost 60 -- this was in the 90s long before the movies had come out, so things were not always so inflated as they are now -- but I had to get it. Thank Eru for the Vala MasterCard.

From there I started looking around for old editions of Tolkien, and then when Ebay started up, I was lost! Now I am a librarian at a university library who buys books for our literature collection, and often have to get out-of-print titles. Along the way, I keep finding Tolkien things to buy. Not all are really exotic, but I have some that I really love, and some that are ones only a Tolkien book fanatic can love (like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree!).

So post pics of your favorite Tolkien books.


(Formerly drogo of the two names!)

Subject User Time
Book Collecting drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 17 2007, 7:25pm
    Re: Book Collecting - my partial inventory entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Feb 17 2007, 7:36pm
        Re: Book Collecting - my partial inventory drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 17 2007, 8:46pm
            Re: [drogo] Book Collecting - my partial inventory entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Feb 17 2007, 11:44pm
        Re: [entmaiden] Book Collecting - my partial inventory deej Send a private message to deej Feb 18 2007, 7:12pm
    I got lucky a few years ago.. WhiteLadyEowyn Send a private message to WhiteLadyEowyn Feb 17 2007, 7:39pm
        My $1 find drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 18 2007, 8:53pm
            My own collection Sandicomm Send a private message to Sandicomm Mar 10 2007, 12:06am
    Re: Book Collecting JPB Feb 17 2007, 8:05pm
        Re: [JPB] Book Collecting entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Feb 17 2007, 11:43pm
            Re: [entmaiden] Book Collecting JPB Feb 18 2007, 9:40pm
        Thanks for the book recommendations Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Feb 19 2007, 7:07pm
    I have a lot of new Tolkien books... diedye Send a private message to diedye Feb 19 2007, 3:47pm
    I love this thread! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Feb 19 2007, 11:46pm
        Scholar and Storyteller Adanedhel Send a private message to Adanedhel Feb 22 2007, 4:30am
            My local library carries that book. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 22 2007, 5:19am
                Yes the Times article Adanedhel Send a private message to Adanedhel Feb 22 2007, 12:17pm
    My first books of The Lord of the Rings grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 9 2007, 7:58pm
        That's quite a story drogo Send a private message to drogo Mar 9 2007, 11:55pm
            Yeppers... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 11 2007, 2:17am
                Great story drogo Send a private message to drogo Mar 11 2007, 3:45am
                    Bringing back an old topic priell3 Send a private message to priell3 Sep 27 2007, 4:19pm

 
 
 

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