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111217126423
Seller: gardeningpeaceclown (57)
100.0% positive
Laguna Beach, California, US
Completed
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Ended Nov 15, 2013 8:33:58 PM
Category: Collectibles:Fantasy, Mythical & Magic:Lord of the Rings:Posters, Prints
Best Offer Accepted:
$325.00
$250.00
Buyer: ****1 (59)
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The first Tolkien calendar was published in 1969 by science fiction fans producing the LASFS fanzine Shangri L'Affaires and provided free to subscribers, along with the regular issue (I believe #75) and a free Christmas supplement. Very limited distribution, it was not offered for sale separately. Six watercolors are printed, each in a different color. These were early masterpieces by later Hugo award winning fan (and later professional) artist Tim Kirk, who went on to work for Disney. Only later did professional publishers take over the Tolkien calendar series, with much higher print runs. The circulation of the fanzine was about 500. The annual Christmas Supplement, called Meretricious, along with the calendar, may have had even fewer copies. This copy was discovered in the files of fanzine editor Ken Rudolph. He and his friends Larry Howorth and, probably, art editor Jim Schumacher, produced the calendar. Larry printed it. CONDITION: The condition is unused, unopened, kept flat in a box since 1969. As a fan publication, including the printing, collation, and stapling, it is what I would call near mint condition -- however, it's as close to perfect as any copy was the day it came off the press. The printing is superb, the colors in each print bright and clear, even the screening (turning a watercolor into a limited edition print) is very finely done. It's really an art print. This copy was NOT distributed. It has never been mailed. It's been in a file folder in Ken's closet. Amazing.