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Re: Article on Tolkien collection
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Thanks for posting the link wellinghall.

Just as an added bit of information to the Elaine Griffiths mention:- Prior to the Bonhams Auction, a number of books from the estate of Elaine Griffiths were sold via ABE.

The only Tolkien related one that I saw was a copy of a 1992 Tolkien Family Album which was inscribed by Priscilla Tolkien 'In Loving Memory of Sixty Years of Friendship with the Tolkien Family'.

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Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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I like this -no furniture! I can just imagine Christina making a little table out of a few books lying around in order to eat her dinner.


Well, not no furniture at all, just little that needed to be moved, as she was relocating to my fully furnished house. In fact, we did bring a table and chairs, and shelves and bookcases.

10,000+ is a bit excessive don't you think Wayne? My one question is: do you and Christina have a (complete?) written (or more probably computer archived) list of all the books in your collection?


Actually it's more like 15,000+ books -- plus CDs, DVDs, LPs, cassettes, magazines, and comic books. We do have an electronic list of our books, and lists of music and films, which we keep up and are in the process of refining. Ideally we would know, at least for our collections if not for every book, not only that we have a particular edition and printing, and whether it has its dust-jacket (if so issued), but also its condition, in case we have the opportunity to trade up. We used to carry printouts of the lists with us when we travelled, until they became unwieldy and I put them on a Palm Pilot.

Do you still remember what books are Christina's and what books are yours? Particularly books that you bought before the joining of the collections. Or is it definitively just 'one' collection now?


For the most part, we do remember who had what when we got married. Where it gets confused is with those books that each of us had in nearly identical copies, but we now have only one. Altogether, legally and officially, everything is now our joint collection, though some parts still tend to be spoken of as his (e.g. Arthur Ransome, Maurice Sendak, graphic novels) and some as hers (e.g. Arthurian literature, medieval history and art).

And, is this (do you think/speculate) the biggest single collection of Tolkienalia in the World in private hands?


It's certainly one of the biggest, occupying more than two rooms, plus related items in other parts of the house (C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes, etc.).

Wayne

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Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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2009 Heren Istarion/Northeast Tolkien Society Calendar!

If interested, you can check out the 2009 Heren Istarion/Northeast Tolkien Society calendar at:

http://herenistarion.org

You can find a link to the calendar and ordering info in Main Menu (fourth item in the left-hand column.) Jef Murray has provided cover artwork and sketches. We have two new illustrators this year: Catherine (Kasiopea) Chmiel and Colin (Bungo) Williams. Kasiopea is a well-known illustrator from Poland. Bungo is an amateur (in name only!) from Australia.

I was so proud of the 2008 calendar that I was worried that the 2009 could not possibly live up to it . . . this in spite of the fact that I had lined up Kasia and Bungo as the illustrators (and love both of their works.) I need not have worried. I got a proof of it from my daughter last week and it looks GREAT! I am REALLY happy with it!!

Proceeds benefit HI/NETS. Last year's calendar was so popular that membership in HI/NETS is now free.

Away from The Green Hill Country,

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Re: Dear Reverend Father
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Beren,

Glad I could help.

In regard to why the letter was separated from its envelope and the envelope paired with the card, Christina wonders if it was because the previous owner of the items decided to "sweeten" the Arthur Tolkien card by selling it with a piece of JRRT manuscript, whereas the JRRT autograph letter could be sold on its own, sans envelope.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 17:39
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Re: Dear Reverend Father
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Well, it is incredible indeed... cannot believe it myself. But everything points to it that they belong together. Date the same, both mentioning Rev. And the letter fits in perfectly (although I have put it flat again of course, and will not leave it sit in the envelope).

It is a crazy collector tale, one to be remembered and told for many years to come! Coming home I rushed to my Tolkien letters to find the envelope and the letter. I was still thinking the letter was bigger then the envelope... somehow I remembered it to be a bit larger. But no, it was much smaller then I expected and holding it against the envelope I knew Wayne was right. I could have jumped up of excitement.

I did immediatly show my wife and then (after carefully putting it away again) took my family to go out and eat. Like a little celebration. I'm sooo happy to have the items reunited and I can't believe how both items ended up in my collection. Never expected something like this!

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