Register Now

Already have an account?


Remember me

Lost Your Password?
Main Menu
Collector's Guide Table of Contents
Recent Visitors

4 hours 4 minutes ago

6 hours 25 minutes ago

7 hours 33 minutes ago

12 hours 25 minutes ago

1 day 8 hours 45 minutes ago

1 day 13 hours 49 minutes ago

1 day 14 hours 22 minutes ago

1 day 17 hours 44 minutes ago
Report message: *
* = Required

Re: Tolkien signature

Subject: Re: Tolkien signature
by Findegil on 2008/10/7 20:33:04

To take this discussion further, another example of evidently the same questionable typewriting as the pieces on abebooks, with a variant of the same signature, and again only (as it appears) part of a letter, has been listed for sale at auction on 16 October; see http://www.bloomsburyauctions.com/detail/664/246.0. The same lot is also on eBay. This piece is clearly made up of extracts, occasionally with slight twists, from Tolkien's (autograph) letter to Jennifer Paxman of 26 September 1947, most recently sold by Maggs Bros. Its text is still available at http://www.maggs.com/title/AU4148.asp. Since it seems inconceivable that Tolkien either typed (and signed as if for transmittal) a variant of his letter to Miss Paxman before writing a fuller version in manuscript, or wrote (and typed with atypical clumsiness) nearly the same words to someone else who would be personally familiar with "Aunt Jane", the authenticity of the new item has to be called into question.

(Jennifer Paxman is the daughter of Colin Brookes-Smith, whose family had a close relationship with Tolkien's Aunt Jane Neave. Tolkien signed his letters to her "Ronald Tolkien" or "Uncle Ronald".)

© 2015 TolkienGuide.com and respective authors. Contact Us