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Re: English & Medieval Studies Presented to J. R. R. Tolkien
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I have seen a letter from Rayner Unwin to Houghton Mifflin (dated 9 Nov 1962) in which he offers the book to them for publication in the US. It was accompanied by a proof copy. HM turned it down as it was 'too scholarly'.

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English & Medieval Studies Presented to J. R. R. Tolkien
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About six months ago, I found a proof copy of English & Medieval Studies Presented to J. R. R. Tolkien on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Has anyone ever seen a copy of this before?

I believe it is an uncorrected bound proof and not an advance reading copy as the book is paperback and the blurb for it is stapled to the inside of the cover. It also has a stamp on the cover that reads "Book Proof" with a date of Nov. 1962.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 9:09


Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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Thanks a lot Beren! I really do appreciate it. Though it is obviously unfortunate that those endpapers were removed, at least the books weren't completely disposed of. It seems from all the evidence that the books I purchased are pretty legitimate, though I guess no one can ever be 100% sure because the books no longer contain the signatures.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 8:47


Re: Article on Tolkien collection
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Just a small correction to my previous post:

The actual inscription reads:

"For Elaine in celebration of over sixty years' friendship with the Tolkien family. With my love and so many grateful memories of your kindness" and is dated August 1992.

That's what you get when you rely on memory.

The bookshop selling the books was 'The Bookshop at Beech Cottage'. I just checked ABE and they still have a few books left previously owned by Elaine Griffiths. But none that are Tolkien related.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 7:59


Re: Article on Tolkien collection
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By the way... did anyone notice this book come up for sale?

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookD ... ortby%3D1%26x%3D0%26y%3D0

This one is even better then the book signed for Elaine Griffiths! It is a 1st impression hobbit signed for a very close relative of Tolkien; and now available for the encredible amount of US$ 122927. I know this copy and would love to add it to my collection for sure, but wonder if there actually exist someone who can afford to buy it. I can't in a thousand year.

Posted on: 2008/10/26 6:54



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