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Verlag: Harper Collins, London, 2008
Hardcover. Zustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. Lee, Alan (illustrator). 1st Edition. A beautiful, three volume slipcased edition - all volumes are first printings in fine dustjackets - All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) - VOLUME ONE SIGNED BY ALAN LEE WHO HAS KINDLY ADDED A FULL PAGE SKETCH - Pictures available upon request. Signed by Illustrator(s).
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Signed guest book page (lightly lined) with signatures of Oxford University undergraduates, as well as the names of their respective colleges, 7 x 8,25 inch, stamp-dated: 20.10.1911, signed in blue ink "J. R. R. Tolkien - Exeter", attractively mounted (removable) with a portrait of a young Tolkien and framed behind glass for fine display (altogether 17,25 x 13,25 inch), with a central horizontal fold, and dampstained to the lower edge (not affecting the signature) - in fine condition.In October of the same year, Tolkien began studying at Exeter College, Oxford. He initially studied classics but changed his course in 1913 to English language and literature, graduating in 1915 with first-class honours.
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1964
Hard Cover. Zustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. Signed by Author. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally published in 1964 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. This is a 3rd impression, published in 1968. This copy has an original J.R.R. Tolkien cut signature glued to the front free endpaper. A beautiful example of his flowing signature, no doubts to it's authenticity. It is also one of the early printings that have the 'stamped' signature to the title page, which can be favorably compared to the real one. A Near Fine book in a Very Good price-clipped dustjacket, showing bit of fading to the spine and extremities, with a chip out of the top back panel, a closed tear at the lower front spine fold area. No foxing, has a small neat gift inscription to first blank page. Clean and tight. Contains 'On Fairy-Stories', and 'Leaf by Niggle'. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Very Good.
Verlag: Hutchinson, LONDON, 2002
Hard Cover. Zustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. PAULINE BAYNES (illustrator). 1st Edition. THIS IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY AN ORIGINAL WORKING WATERCOLOUR DRAWING SIGNED BY PAULINE BAYNES. THE DRAWING MAKES UP PART OF THE PICTURE SHOWN ON PAGE 26 OF THE BOOK. "FAREWELL TO MIDDLE-EARTH". TOGETHER WITH A SIGNED BOOK THAT THE PICTURE IS IN. THE DRAWING IS FRAMED AND IN AS NEW CONDITION AND IS .SIGNED TO THE BOTTOM RIGHTHAND CORNER. THE OVERALL SIZE OF THE FRAME IS 32.5 CM X 27.5 CM. THE BOOK HAS BEEN FLAT SIGNED TO THE TITLE PAGE IN BLUE INK AND IS IN NEW CONDITION, THE DUST JACKET IS COMPLETE AND IS ALSO IN NEW CONDITION, THE BOOK IS HOUSED IN A SPECIAL POCKET TO THE REAR OF THE PICTURE. A WONDERFUL PUT TOGETHER SET AND AN OPPORTUNITY NEVER TO BE REPEATED. THIS UNIQUE ITEM ALSO COMES WITH 4 C.S. LEWIS NARNIA BOOKS . "THE LION WITCH AND THE WARDROBE" 1969 EDITION IN COMPLETE BUT PRICE CLIPPIED JACKET WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF WEAR TO EDGES. "THE VOYAGE OF THR DAWN TREADER" SEVENTH EDITION IN COMPLETE JACKET WITH A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF WEAR. "PRINCE CASPIAN" THIRD IMPRESSION IN COMPLETE AND NOT PRICE CLIPPED JACKET."THE LAST BATTLE" 2ND IMPRESSION IN COMPLETE JACKET NOT PRICE CLIPPED. A WONDERFUL LITTLE COLLECTION. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Signed by Artist.
Verlag: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1962
Hard Cover. Zustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. HARDBACK - SECOND IMPRESSION - The book is in near fine condition. The pictoral boards are clean, as are the inner pages. The book has been boldly signed by the author to the half title page. The dust wrapper is in very good condition with some rubbing to the head and tail of the dust wrapper. A nice example of an uncommon title. VERY SCARCE, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Signed by Author.
Verlag: Oxford, 1951
Ephemera. Zustand: Near fine. A wonderful letter by the author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy touching on poems about dragons, Beowulf, and fellow Inkling C. S. Lewis. This letter to Prof. Henry Bosley Woolf thanks him for sending a copy of a paper he had written on Beowulf, a subject near to Tolkien's heart. Tolkien also answers a question that seems to have been about a remark he made concerning dragons. He then refers Woolf to a passage in Pilgrim's Regress by C. S. Lewis and slyly recommends one of his own poems, "Iumonna Gold Galdre Bewunden", without disclosing his authorship. The title of Tolkien's poem comes from a line in Beowulf and the verse is best-known today under the title, "The Hoard." It was first published in 1923; this letter refers to the 1936 revision. Under the title "The Hoard", Tolkien republished it in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. In that book, Tolkien connected the poem with the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) universe, placing it in the Hobbits' Red Book and attributing it to "the lore of Rivendell, Elvish and N?men?rean, concerning the heroic days at the end of the First Age". One page, typed, about 120 words, with Tolkien's street address, one hand-correction, and his signature, J. R. R. Tolkien, in ink. Folded for mailing, else fine.
Verlag: London George Allen and Unwin 1968/76, 1968
Autograph note signed to Mrs Parke by Tolkien in 1968. ANS single pale blue Basildon Bond writing-paper sheet. Six lines with hand-drawn Christmas holly in colour to one corner, SIGNED "J.R.R.T." wishing Mrs Parke best wishes for Christmas and a "happier and more fortunate" 1969. Housed in a bespoke scarlet full morocco clam-shell box lined in black velvet. Central horizontal crease from original folding, and very slight creasing to edge. Near fine in Fine box. With a fine first edition of 'The Father Christmas Letters' published in 1976. Mrs Parke acted as a driver and general household help to the Tolkien family for and was appointed after responding to an advertisement by Edith Tolkien in the local Bournemouth newspaper.
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1958
Hardcover. Zustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Publishers. 1937, 1954. London, U.K. First edition and tenth printing. Signed by author on title page. Book in FINE condition, tight and square, sharp corners. Dustwrapper in NEAR FINE condition, original 12s. 6d. net price present on front flap, no chips or damage, unfaded spine, foxing on both flaps. Overall a FINE copy in great collectible condition. Very rare signed. Photos available. #27,500. Signed by Author(s).
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, London, 1957
Full leather. Zustand: Near fine. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, bound in full red morocco by The Chelsea Bindery. This set is signed by the author in The Fellowship of the Ring, the seventh impression, from 1957. The Two Towers is a fifth impression, and Th (illustrator). First Edition, Early Impressions. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, bound in full red morocco by The Chelsea Bindery. This set is signed by the author in The Fellowship of the Ring, the seventh impression, from 1957. The Two Towers is a fifth impression, and The Return of the King is a third impression. Octavo, [three volumes], 423pp, ; 352pp; 416pp. Bound in full red leather, titles in gilt on spines, raised bands with decorative gilt compartments, "Ring & Eye of Sauron" design on the front covers. Faint sunning to spines, almost imperceptible. All edges gilt, with marbled endpapers. Each volume includes the original map, all in near fine condition, short closed tear to map in The Two Towers. Housed in slipcase, marbled boards, lined with black cloth. This set is signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page of The Fellowship of the Ring. (Hammond & Anderson A5a, I, II, III) An exceptional set. Provenance: The Tolkien Library.
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin, 1954
Hardcover. Zustand: Near Fine. 1st Edition. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1954-55) The Lord of the Rings , UK first edition, first printing set, published by George Allen & Unwin. Beautifully rebound in full black leather. In addition, an original handwritten and signed Tolkien letter. The letter: one page, 8vo (176 x 135mm.), on cream-coloured Sandfield Road headed notepaper, one central fold presumably to fit an envelope, some creases and light spotting, Headington, Oxford, 15 August 1964. A response to a questionnaire which Potts sent Tolkien. The master of fantasy responds in the most eloquent way to basically say to get lost: Dear Mr Potts I think you are asking too much of a busy man. Most of your questions are in any case unanswerable, by me, and some impertient. You may put me down as an odd character, for personally I do not believe that any valuable truths or insights are discoverable by such questionnairs. Yours sincerely JRR Tolkien. Richard Potts sent Tolkien a questionnaire whilst working on his dissertation on children s literature, hoping that the bestselling author would shed some light on his craft. A copy of the questions that caused so much ire does not survive but Potts remembers I was taken back by his letter. It was not what I had expected. I had asked a number of questions, how and when he wrote, what was the source of his writing. I greatly admired his work but found the length daunting. I may have made reference to this reservation and it was perhaps this that prompted the angry tone of his letter . Potts went on to be a successful children s author in his own right, with titles such as A Boy and his Bike, Haunted Mine and Tod s Owl. A great letter revealing a little bit of Tolkien s character and how protective he became when his work was criticised. Tolkien received a ton of fan mail during his lifetime and many complained that LOTR was too short. Tolkien himslef wrote in an introduction to a later edition of LOTR that it was NOT an allegory of anything and that his only regret was that it was too short. Therefore, it is not surprising that Potts hit a nerve there which prompted such a response. Tolkien would have probably not wasted his ink had he known that any of his letters and signatures would fetch an enormous amount of money. The books: A complete set of The Lord of the Rings , all true UK first editions, and first impressions published by George Allen & Unwin, comprised of: The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the Ring All three volumes bear a 4 at the bottom of page 49 as shown. All original maps at the back are present as called for. Beautifully rebound in full black Nigerian goatskin. Five raised bands to the spine. All three page block edges gilded. Embossed and gilded are the corresponding titles and author on the spines. Each front panel also bears Sauron s eye surrounded by elvish runes and the Ring a design developed by Tolkien himslef which also graces the front panels of the original dust jackets. Marbled endpapersas shown. Condition: presented in near fine condition. There are no previous owners names, no stamps, no inscriptions, nor grafitti of any sorts. Fellowhsip of the Rings has a little foxing/ ageing on the half title and a few spots on a few pages, but nothing major. A very nice set of perhaps the best achievement of modern fantasy writing to date. Generations have enjoyed reading the adventure of the fellowship in its many translations. It has had a colossal influence on the genre. It was also adapted into the monumental three films by Peter Jackson. First and Fine. Signed by Author(s).
Hardcover. Zustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. Three volumes. Folding map in each volume. Return of the King is second state with sig. 4 and slipped type on p. 49 (this was formerly Hammond s first state, but the bibliographer has revised his opinion). Original red cloth and printed dust jackets. Show-through staining from old removed tape repairs to jackets of vols. 1-2, some wear, spines tanned. A good set. Signed by Author(s).
Verlag: N.A., 1964
First Edition. A COLLECTION OF 40 SIGNED HOLOGRAPHIC LETTERS SPANNING THE YEARS 1964 THRU 1993; 14 from Edith Tolkien (wife of J.R.R.) dated 1964 thru 1971 and 26 from Priscilla (only daughter of J.R.R. & Edith) dated 1969 thru 1993; most in fine condition, many multi-page; all but two with original envelope when called for and all addressed to long time family friend Professor W. Meredith Thompson of Canada. Some details/highlights: Edith thanks Meredith for naming her the dedicatee of his book and receipt of same; mentions that her and J.R.R. give nicknames to those people they are fond of (indeed in all 14 letters from Edith, she refers to the recipient as "My Dear Merrie Tom"); notes that the pirated edition (Ace paperback publication) of THE LORD OF THE RINGS is causing her husband extra work and delaying work on his next book; the reasons leading up to leaving and selling their Oxford residence; J.R.R.'s fall down the stairs and complicated knee surgery and later thrombosis as well as other serious ailments; referring to various titles by J.R.R., Priscilla mentions and thanks the recipient for the good times spent by him with her parents; how neither of her parents are very practical people despite being so different from each other; the sudden death of her mother, Edith, and the causes and last days as well as who was able to see her and who was not and the funeral services in Bournemouth, but the actual burial in Oxford; how her father held up during these times; the return of her father to Merton College and how he was welcomed with lodging there; his much needed socialization in Oxford; his trip to London with her and brother John to receive the C.B.E.; thanks Meredith for the copy of THE LAST UNICORN but states "although perhaps rather obviously imitative of Tolkien in style, it (does) not contain the interest because (it's) a rather more crude fairy tale;" a trip to Edinburgh, one of her favorite cities, where her father received an honorary degree and held up well with banquets and festivities; how she was helped so much by his (Meredith Thompson) sympathy and kind words concerning her fathers passing; that her father was lonely without his wife but was bolstered by all those back at Oxford and happy to be in familiar surroundings; that just prior to his death he began hemorrhaging while spending time in Bournemouth due to an ulcer but had excellent medical care; how she and brother John were able to spend precious time with her father while still conscious but that brothers Michael & Christopher were alas unable to do so but were there for the funeral; that Christopher was named Literary Executor; that Michael had a near nervous breakdown perhaps precipitated by his fathers death; that brother John was coping well and a great comfort to her; that the younger members of the family were likewise supporting; she extends an invitation for Christmas this year (1973); that she encloses a photo (here present) of her father next to his favorite tree along with two of his grandchildren, among the last photos ever taken of him; that enclosed newspaper cuttings of her fathers death are his to keep (likewise here present): thanking the recipient for his hospitality when she went to see him; that her brother Christopher has to yield his teaching fellowship to begin work on the publication of THE SILMARILLION; the excitement of the on going preparation of the Tolkien biography by Humphrey Carpenter; the recently released Caedmon recordings of her father reading from both THE HOBBIT & LORD OF THE RINGS; cousins living in Canada; slowly going through her fathers papers to give to the Bodleian Library; the 50th anniversary celebration of THE HOBBIT and exhibition of manuscripts and drawings at the Bodleian Library along with window displays at new bookstores; etc. All in all, very chatty, informational and personal letters about the above as well as state of health, vacationing in different places, welfare of children and grandchildren, thank y.
Rare autograph letter signed by the author of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien regarding a list of 50 questions he has composed examining Old English Literature. One page, entirely in Tolkien's hand, the letter reads in full, "1 Alfred Street St. Giles Oxford Mar: 17th 1920. Dear Miss Duncan, I enclose a 'mixed bag' of 50 questions on the OE period - some of them on 'Beowulf' (exclusive of special points of commentary), some more general. A few may be of use to you (many are culled from past papers etc.: those of last year are marked). They are not intended to by models of clear questioning , but to suggest enquiries. The easily available critical writings that might help are all 150 few. I hoped some time to make out something like a select bibliography but I am enormously pressed for time this vacation, and I am ever afraid no such thing will have been done by me in time to be of use to you. I am yours sincerely JRR Tolkien." Three pages, typewritten and composed of 50 questions, the questionnaire is titled "Old English Literature Questions" with several annotations and corrections in Tolkien's hand, including to question 1. "A gluttonous race of Jutes and Angles, capable of no grand combinations: [Tolkien has added "lumbering about in potbellied equanimity] not dreaming of heroic toll, and silence, and endurance, such as lead to the high places of this universe, and the golden mountain tone where dwell the spirits of the dawn' (Carlyle). How far would your reading of Old English poetry land you to modify this estimate?" to question 10. "What may we imagine the effect of the introduction of Christianity (and the [Tolkien has added "subseq."] attitude of the Church) to have been upon the preservation of the legends (and ideals) of Germanic past?" and to question 28. "Do you agree that compared with 'The Battle of Maldon' (which celebrated complete defeat) 'Brunanburh' [Tolkien has added "which celebrated a great victory"] is merely competent laureate work that any well educated gentleman of the time could have turned out on conventional models? Can you account for it?" Tolkien has also added a 51st question in his hand at the conclusion of the questionnaire, "Give an account of one important ins. of English poetry. Indicate its value for our knowledge of the subject as a whole." In fine condition. An extraordinary pairing, offering a unique glimpse into Tolkien's broad literary knowledge and influences. Both Tolkien's academic career and his literary production are inseparable from his love of language and philology. He specialized in English philology at university and in 1915 graduated with Old Norse as his special subject. Parallel to Tolkien's professional work as a philologist, and sometimes overshadowing this work, to the effect that his academic output remained rather thin, was his affection for constructing languages. The most developed of these are Quenya and Sindarin, the etymological connection between which formed the core of much of Tolkien's legendarium. Language and grammar for Tolkien was a matter of esthetics and euphony, and Quenya in particular was designed from "phonaesthetic" considerations; it was intended as an "Elvenlatin", and was phonologically based on Latin, with ingredients from Finnish, Welsh, English, and Greek. J.R.R. Tolkien's fully realized fantasy world won over generations of children, and dazzled adults with its deft interweaving of medieval legend and made-up languages, maps, and creatures. Tolkien legitimized the modern fantasy genre, and provided the 1960's counterculture with antiwar, back-to-Eden icons." (NYPL Books of the Century 199). His Lord of the Rings Trilogy, preceded by The Hobbit which introduced the character of Bilbo Baggins, has has went on to become the third best selling novel of all-time with 150 million copies sold.
Verlag: Betty Ballantine, London, 1965
No Binding. Zustand: Fine. No Jacket. Barbara Remington (illustrator). First Edition. Betty Ballantine and now Barbara Remington have passed away making this a true historic piece. It was the cult status Tolkien first achieved in America on sale of millions of paperbacks, not in Britain, that would make him a household name by the late 60's. The Hobbit for example was not produced in paper inUK until 1961, Until 1966 his books only sold a few thousand copies a year, hardly a best seller. In fact the Tolkien society fan club first started in America, some five years before. We are pleased to offer for sale, perhaps the most important original Tolkien related art piece. It is truly deserving as a museum piece representing a key turning point in the history of Professor Tolkien popularity. While Tolkien 's own art was used only in the Hobbit This is the original concept art submitted to Mrs Betty Ballantine for the 1965 Ballantine Books first paperbacks of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books in America. It was also used for the promotional posters and banners for what was to become very popular editions. It was produced by artist Barbara Remington as a concept proof before the final colour version was approved. The medium is gouache on card, glued on illustration board with the original stock sticker on the reverse, It comes with a personal COA letter produced on my request . This iconic illustration also has a slightly infamous reputation as Tolkien did not like it initially, but this does not alter its importance to Tolkien lore as we know it today. In 1965 Ace Paperbacks in America released unauthorised editions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This was due to a loophole in US copyright. The rush was then on for Houghton Mifflin, Tolkien' s US publisher in collaboration with Ballantine books to release authorised paperbacks of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. To close he copyright loophole, a new version of the LotR text was needed, in which Professor Tolkien set out to make changes eventually for the 1966 2nd edition. As was often the case, these revisions were quite delayed, forcing Ballantine Books to rush out a new edition of the Hobbit and using Barbara Remington artwork before she had actually read the books. Thus some of the strange figures in the artwork are not in the book. There was even a lion on the cover of the Hobbit PB until it was airbrushed out. During an interview with N Marion Hage and Andwerve, Barbarasaid- "I worked for Ballantine, and as a practice, always read the books before doing the artwork. I didn' t have this luxury with the Tolkien Books, Ballantine was in a hurry to get these books out right away. When they commissioned me to do the artwork, I didn 't have the chance to see either book, though I tried to get a copy through my friends. So I didn't know what they were about. I tried finding people that had read them, but the books were not readily available in the states, and so I had sketchy information at best." (As noted above, Barbara did make sketches relative to the books, afterwards, but she couldn' t get the publishers to see the point, something which is very regretful). Professor Tolkien was not impressed with the new Hobbit book cover. In a letter to Rayner Unwin, 12 September 1965, Tolkien wrote: I wrote expressing(with moderation) my dislike of the cover for. Please ask for a complete set of photos! Feel free to ask questions about collecting Tolkien books, we are here. Signed by Illustrator(s).