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Re: Tolkien & Baynes

Subject: Re: Tolkien & Baynes
by Beren on 2006/6/22 1:32:52

A reply from Bonhams about the map:

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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) and PAULINE BAYNES
A Map of Middle-Earth, large coloured map with 10 circular illustrations depicting scenes from "The Lord of the Rings", signed by the author and artist, the frieze forming the ornamental border removed, 470 by 490mm., [1971]

£3,000-4,000

The map itself is similar to the one reproduced in "The Lord of the Rings" designed by Tolkien. 100 copies were printed on special paper in 1971 but this is one of three signed by Tolkien. Inscribed on the reverse "This map was signed for Claire Turner's birthday in July 1973 by J.R.R. Tolkien and Pauline Baynes. Professor Tolkien thought the map made a better picture by removing the top & bottom of what was the original poster. J.R.R. Tolkien signed only 3 of these maps, which are printed on special paper. This is Map No.2. Joy Hill 22 September 1973". Of the 3 signed maps, there was the one named here, one for Joy Hill (Tolkien's correspondence secretary) and one for another of Tolkien's goddaughters. See Sotheby's December 14 1992, lot 140.