How the speculations have evolved on The Lord of the Rings on Ebay, compared to 2020? Will the prices for the first translation be dropped? Let's see it in this article!
In May 2020 we had taken a look at the speculation that arose around the first translation of The Lord of the Rings, discovering editions also sold for € 500 each. We had hypothesized a speculative bubble, born from the withdrawal from the bookstores of the first translation of the work, of which today there is also a second translation, by Ottavio Fatica.
In fact, in February 2020, Vittoria Alliata, the first translator of de The Lord of the Rings, he announced he had asked the withdrawal of your translation from the libraries, Due to disagreements with Bompiani.
In this article, we want to take a new look at the speculation on The Lord of the Rings, For understand if the situation has changed since last year. Will we still have editions (not really rare) sold for € 500 each?
For this very brief look we will consider the copies of The Lord of the Rings sold on Ebay.
Also, as in the last article, we will not post links to products for sale: we want to think about speculation, not advertise.
If you want to know more about the editorial events of The Lord of the Rings, you will find all our articles on the topic at this link.
The illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings on Ebay: prices are still high
Let's start with the famous edition of The Lord of the Rings with illustrations by Alan Lee, published by Bompiani starting from 2003. This edition, of great artistic value, has had several reprints over the years, with the last release in 2014.
In general, the illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings was sold on the web at quite high prices even before the withdrawal of the Alliata translation, since it was quite difficult to find, in the last few years.
Currently, this edition is also one of those sold on Ebay at the highest price: the average price is in fact € 400! It ranges from a minimum of 264 to a maximum of 750 €.
The price does not seem to be linked to the year of publication of the volume, since older reprints are not the ones that cost more. In fact, the first edition of 2003 is sold with a price of around € 300, while we find editions of 2011 sold for € 330 or € 390.
The generally most expensive reissue is that of 2014, which is the latest release. This reprint is different from the previous ones, as it contains the infamous final 20 lines of the chapter Many encounters, which was missing in previous editions. The 2014 reissue is also offered for € 500, up to € 750.
In short, the illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings on Ebay it always tends to cost a lot. The prices are similar to those of May 2020 (they ranged from 209 to 500 €), and indeed the current average price is higher than last year (about € 360, compared to € 400 now). Fortunately, there are no US retailers offering the book for $ 1.000.
The paperback edition in one volume by Bompiani: more or less reasonable prices
As of May 2020, there were not many copies of thepaperback edition in a single volume de The Lord of the Rings, published by Bompiani in 2002. As also written in this article by Roberto Arduini, the 2002 paperback edition is part of Bompiani's operation to replace the Rusconi editions of The Lord of the Rings, since Rusconi (which was publishing the trilogy at the time) had recently been bought by Bompiani.
This paperback edition has been easily found in bookstores for years and at a price of 49 €.
Today, however, we can often find the Bompiani paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings on Ebay with a average price of about € 63. We go from a minimum of 39 to a maximum 119€.
The conditions of these volumes are less optimal than those of the illustrated edition, as they tend to have yellowed pages and a slightly damaged cover. But at least they always have the map, unlike the single volume editions we saw sold for € 100 in 2020!
Other Bompiani editions in single volume de The Lord of the Rings on Ebay
Among the other editions of The Lord of the Rings published by Bompiani and collected in a single volume, on Ebay we find mainly two.
The first is thedeluxe edition of 2005, which is the reprint of a 2000 edition: it maintains the same graphics and package, but has several corrections and updates: Orcs they become Orcs, the Dark Havens they become Gray ports, et similia. This edition has a bronze colored dust jacket and silver case.
Originally sold for € 38 (or 75.000 lire, in the case of my 2001 edition), today this edition is considered one of the most valuable.
In May 2020 the deluxe edition was not found for sale, but currently seems to have reappeared, but in its unrevised version of 2002. If an edition with smudges and pen writing costs 45€, the best preserved versions are also sold to 99 o 120€.
Finally, today on Ebay we also find theVintage edition de The Lord of the Rings, published by Bompiani in 2011. Softcover, this edition was originally very cheap, priced at just € 16.
Currently, we find it on Ebay a 65€, therefore with a price in line with those of the paperback edition seen above.
The single volume edition of Rusconi: still astronomical figures
Leaving the pavement of Bompiani and going to old editionsni di Rusconi, prices start to rise again. And a lot, too.
In the thirty years in which Rusconi has published The Lord of the Rings several editions have come out. Mostly, they have an illustration by Pietro Crida on the cover. They can have a soft cover, or be bound with an over-cover, and in some cases they may even have a slipcase.
On Ebay we saw 15 copies of Rusconi editions, ranging from 1978 to 1997. Their average price is 160 €, and it ranges from a minimum of 60 to a maximum of 370 €.
In general, these editions are quite lived in and the pricing seems to be very personal: Copies with a similar level of wear can cost € 75 for some, and € 250 for others. Sure, boxed editions tend to cost more: € 230 or € 370.
Aside, we also point out a 1977 edition, bound with overcover, which costs well 970€.
In general, it seems that the Rusconi editions continue to cost as in May 2020, which always had an average price of € 160.
The various three-volume editions of The Lord of the Rings on Ebay
Here we will present a short miscellany of The Lord of the Rings sold in three books on Ebay. We will only consider the three books sold all together, unlike last year, where we also saw some single books.
The trilogies that we see on Ebay are different and very varied: they range from the three books in economic version by Rusconi from 1974, to the Bompiani editions of the '00s.
Between the Rusconi's trilogies, we see three, with a average price of 121 €. The 1974 paperback trilogy costs € 149, while the 1993 green box is presented for € 120.
Le trilogies by Bompiani they are more numerous and have an average price of 112 €.
The least expensive edition is that of the Gold Series of 2007, which is sold for 60 and 80 €; however, this is a considerable increase, given that the edition was sold at the time for € 6 per volume.
The beautiful edition of Tolkien's books from 2001-2002, white and with over-cover, it is held at prices relatively closer to the originals (38 € per volume): it ranges from a minimum of 120 to a maximum of 179 €.
Finally, the edition of Bompiani paperbacks, reprinted several times since 2001 and with an original price of around € 9, has risen significantly in price: now it is sold for € 100 or € 130.
Some conclusive thoughts
In short, the speculative bubble on the first translation of The Lord of the Rings it exploded?
Surely, today there is a greater selection as to which editions are offered at prices above € 100: whereas in May 2020 we also saw economic editions such as Vintage launched at € 99,99, in 2021 not all volumes of The Lord of the Rings they are sold by weight in gold. Furthermore, the Rusconi editions sold today tend to be less ruined, compared to those proposed in May 2020, when the rush to exploit the wave of panic caused even editions without maps, with stamps and even without covers to be brought out of the cellars.
However, it is clear that some editions tend to be offered at a high price even today.
THEillustrated edition by Alan Lee remains highly sought after and sold by its weight in gold and the average price proposed has increased, going from 360 € to 400 €. Similarly, the Rusconi editions (which until a few years ago could be found for a few pennies in the flea markets) are still sold at very high prices, with average price of 160 €.