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[Bookgeek] Things I Will Never Have

ABE Books is a very dangerous site to browse.

First edition of 'The Hobbit,' signed by author (J.R.R. Tolkien) and inscribed to a friend (Stella Mills, whose work on Icelandic myth helped inspire the world of Middle Earth) -- $47,500

First paperback boxed set of 'The Lord of the Rings,' signed by author (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- $13,380

An 1861 edition of 'The Woman in White,' signed by the author (Wilkie Collins) -- $7500

A 1919 first edition of 'My Man Jeeves,' with a bookplate signed by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) -- $5000.

1961 first edition of 'Ice in the Bedroom' with a silly inscription by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) of 'Senile Good Wishes from octogenarian P.G. Wodehouse' -- $2667

An 1863 edition of 'Orley Farm,' signed by the author (Anthony Trollope) -- $1500

1954 edition of 'The Return of Jeeves,' signed by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) -- $850

...now, I'm perfectly happy with even modern paperback editions of things. But there's something to be said -- just for instance -- about the wonder of being able to hold an edition of Trollope that was once handled, and signed, by the author himself.

(Actually, though, two of the three I would most want are the two cheapest ones. The other, which likely comes as no surprise to those who know me well, would be the autographed Collins.)

If I ever win the lottery...
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My grandmother had the red-leather-bound hardcover box set of the Lord of the Rings. My mother wanted to sell it when we were going through the house after grandmother's death in 2004. My aunt and I both thought she was insane. (My aunt took the Tolkien. I got grandpa's complete set of Pogo books, though.)

And yes! We must meet for lunch. It has been too long, "cuz." :)