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Re: Tolkien & Baynes
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I had thought that the tea towels were from around 1977. The two that I know of turned up in the same batch of goodies as a Silmarillion t-shirt and some promo leaflets that also date from 1977.

I remember hearing that a small number (3?) of the posters were signed - for Tolkien's grandchildren maybe? It is a very vague memory - I can't remember where from.

Sadly the A&U archive only runs until 1968, when they abandoned central filing - later records were disposed of when Unwin Hyman was formed, and/or when HarperCollins took over.

There was a Het Spectrum promo version of the Bilbo's Last Song poster - translated into Dutch.

The Tolkien Society's Oliphaunt mouse-mat is illustrated by PB...!

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Haven't heard of the towel, interesting find.

Hammond (I wrote a long response and the board ate it, grrr, so now I am winging from memory) in Eii4 says the Baynes poster had 50 copies made marked as private press, 7500 copies made on normal paper (I forget the paper type, he is specific), and an unspecified number on glossy paper. An unknown number (possibly 0, Hammond never saw one) were also printed with Ballantine Books printed on the bottom and sent to the USA. Hammond also says that an unknown number were signed by Tolkien (with a water based ink so some smeared). No mention of Baynes signing them is made. Hammond's source is a GA&U memo circa 1970, so perhaps Deagol will find out more information during his research.

The Tolkienalia list from Beyond Bree (1992) does not mention any signed copies, but it's a sporadic source (great info on what it does list, but it is by no means a complete list).

Did Pauline do any special illustrations for Amon Hen or Mallorn issues (i.e. not just reprints of illustrations that appear elsewhere)?

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Re: The History of the Hobbit
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I've added what I know to the Calendar section (main menu on the left) for this book. Just started playing with the Calendar last night, so let me know what I might be able to do to improve it.

Here's a quick link straight to the book in question:

The History of the Hobbit

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The History of the Hobbit [John Rateliff, HarperCollins 2007]
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Anyone heard any news about this book? I'm curious when it will be published, but i guess it will come next year. Probably they'll make boxes with the Hobbit and this book together (or so i guess already; or that is what i would do). Will there be any special publications for 70 years The Hobbit? How can you get in contact to ask about this? Should i send an email to HarperCollins about this?

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Thanks for this info... but i do have all the objects mentioned. I'm trying to located the limited edition print of the maps poster of which three were signed (by Baynes and Tolkien). I'm also trying to find the history behind the map of Middle-earth towel. These were given on a celebration by Allen&Unwin to the personel and i'm quit sure also Tolkien was there and had a towel like that one also.

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