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Signed, handwritten letter auction - Bonham's, Nov 4 2008
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An interesting article on this letter in the West Sussex Gazette.

Bonham's auction link for this item




Lot No: 430
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
Autograph letter signed ("JRRTolkien"), to [John] Roberts, apologising for the long delay in publishing the third volume of The Lord of the Rings ("...I am very sorry indeed that Vol.III has been so long delayed; but as soon as publication began I became involved in many other tasks, and had often to put the proofs of the Lord of the Rings aside./ The story was indeed long in the writing, but it was finished a long while ago. The compression of a selection of matter not included in the main narrative, but apparently desired by readers, was mainly responsible for the hold up. It took a great deal of time and concentration..."); he goes on to describe the third volume ("...You will get about 416 pages in Vol.III. Of which about 100 will be occupied with subsidiary matter, and annals... There will be another larger-scale map of Gondor and Mordor./ Except for names of districts (countries, or areas) such as Enedwaith there are not supposed to be any names in the maps (other than those of the Shire) which do not appear somewhere..."), laments his failure to provide an index ("...The attempt to make one took a lot of fruitless effort: it would have been too large and too costly to print..."), looks forward to putting in order "the legends of the First and Second Ages" [i.e. Simarillion] ("...but these turn West rather than East..."), and expresses himself delighted that Roberts has enjoyed the book so far ("...I am very pleased that you like the Ents..."), while explaining his thinking in creating Gollum, 2 pages, 8vo, small paper-clip stain and minor creasing, Headington, 22 August 1955

Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000

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Re: Bloomsbury Book Auction on 6 November 2008
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On a side note, the catalog page for the Garland items (online and in print) looks really nice - these are very pretty and unique items!

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Bloomsbury Book Auction on 6 November 2008
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Bloomsbury Auction House London is having a sale on Thursday, 6 November 2008 and
Friday, 7 November 2008.

Viewing beforehand on
Tuesday 4th November from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 5th November from 9.30am to 8.00pm
Thursday 6th November from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Friday 7th November from 9.30am to 10.30am




918. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, map of the Shire, folding map at end, 1954; The Two Towers, folding map, 1955; The Return of the King, folding map, third state with sagging text on p.49, and ‘4’ under left handside of text, 1955, first editions, previous owner’s name on front free endpaper of The Return of the King, original cloth, some foxing to fore-eges and endpapers, all with dust-jackets, worn and supported on verso with tape, 8vo. (3 books in this lot)

Estimate: £1000 - £1500





919. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Garland (Roger, artist) The Book of Lost Tales 2, original pencil design for the artwork on the paperback edition, depicting ‘The Fall of Gondolin’, signed by the artist in pencil and with his notes & title in lower margin, 310 x 240 mm., 1985; The History of Middle-Earth vol.9: Sauron Defeated, original pencil design for the artwork on the paperback edition, depicting Barad-dûr and the Nazgûl with Orodruin in the background, signed in pencil beneath, 350 x 225 mm., 1993, slight creasing, both with card window mounts with an example of each paperback cover similarly mounted below, framed & glazed. (2 items in this lot)

Estimate: £1500 - £2000

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Oh, could you possibly send me a better quality picture at some point of the bookplates for putting into the Guide? I hadn't seen those before.

Thanks, and no problem if it's too much effort!

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Looks like good stuff!


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