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Re: Tolkien Signed Book
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<J Matthew Melton thanks for your reply, could you give members a Bio so that we know a bit more about you.>

Happy to comply - I am in my 10th year as dean of a College of Arts & Sciences in a private university in southeast Tennessee. I've been a university professor for more than two decades. My academic fields are the Humanities, classical and contemporary rhetoric, journalism, popular culture and media criticism. I have traveled extensively in Europe and the UK and make frequent trips to Oxford with university students for Inklings-related studies. I have been a Tolkien (and other Inklings) fan since the 1970s, I teach Inklings-related courses regularly and have presented papers on Tolkien and CS Lewis.

My side interest in graphology (handwriting analysis) dates from the 1980s. I have analyzed hundreds of samples over the years, typically for private persons, including psychologists and other academics. From time to time i am called upon to render an opinion on potential forgeries in signatures and other handwriting samples. As an amateur expert, I never charge for my services and always qualify my comments.

A final note: Graphology is not an exact science and opinions offered should not be considered as conclusive. The practice has a lower reputation in the United States than it does in Europe. Forensic graphology in criminal investigation is only one tool of many and must be corroborated by other factors.

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I believe it's infrequent use of blue ink on Tolkien signatures. I put a signature with blue ink the same period (letter to Robertsen April 28, 1972) in comparison. And you realize a series of differences. The size of the initial letters. The size of the "O". The top line of the "T".

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J Matthew Melton thanks for your reply, could you give members a Bio so that we know a bit more about you.

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This sample deviates in significant ways from the majority of Tolkien's signatures, most particularly his autographs. There is an extant sample in pencil of a signature he placed in a book to indicate ownership that demonstrates less care than his normal signature, but whenever he signed an autograph, the evidence is that Tolkien was both decorative and meticulous, neither of which characterizes this sample. This signature is relatively careless and erratic, with about half a dozen hard "stops" where there is extra inking and added pressure--these are antithetical to his fountain-pen style. Even Tolkien's "scrawled" known signatures in ball-point pen or in pencil have clearer and more fluid definition than the one presented here (the rapid deterioration of the latter part of the signature is interesting in this sample). If he signed this book he was in a great hurry and had no personal pen on him and took little interest in the event--all of which is possible, but seems unlikely. The stylized flourish in the K is the only thing that gives one pause here. While the sample can't be ruled out completely, it would have to rank as just about the most careless autograph of Tolkien's in circulation. Of course, none of this is of concern if the signature can be proved and unless someone feels it should increase potential resale value.

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I agree - the 'T' looks wrong to me.

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