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Re: Tolkien signature
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This is very worrysome. I'm going to seek contact, try to find hold of the person who originally showed me the items, and see what he comes up with an explanation. This 'new' letter is very closely linked to the other papers and are probably 'made' by the same person. I'm going to digg into this a little and see what I can come up with.

Also I have seen some of these 'blue pen' autographs before and will digg through my (past sales) archive if I can find any that also can be linked to this case.

I'm glad I handle a policy never to buy typed letters. Since otherwhise I would have ended up buying some of these items a long time ago.

Currently David Miller owns the two abe books singed items, and I wonder if he also holds this letter (but it would surprise me). He can tell me where he bought them and also he should know that he probably bought fakes. The only positive thing is that he recently bought them and there fore must know where from. We must stop this from happening.

Posted on: 2008/10/8 12:42


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Christina and I also e-mailed the auction house, last night, pointing them to the Maggs and ABE pages, but have not had a reply.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/8 12:27


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I have emailed the Auction House to express the concerns about this particular item shown in this thread, but as it is 10 minutes from my office, I will go and see them tomorrow to make sure that they are aware of the problems with the item.

Posted on: 2008/10/8 11:57


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I would also submit that the occurrence in the typed "version" of "moon-lather", taken litteratim from the Maggs Bros. transcript, proves that the typed letter is a fraud. "Moon-lather" must be a misreading (by the Maggs transcriber) of "moon-letter" (those familiar with Tolkien's handwriting will not be surprised that someone unfamiliar with it or with _The Hobbit_ would make this mistake), and is certainly not something would ever _type_. (Not to mention all the other typos: Tolkien would _never_ have left so many uncorrected errors in a sent letter.)

Carl

Posted on: 2008/10/8 11:37


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Just so that you know: The situation concerning my Tolkien bibliographies is sadly the same as when I wrote on the subject slightly more than a year ago.

I didn't note that last time but one of the reasons for finding so little time and energy for these projects is largely due that I am since 2005 working more or less full time as a professional bibliographer, being the bibliography editor for the Swedish Dictionary of Biography. I make all the lists of the published writings of the persons included in that dictionary. An interesting but time-consuming task, ranging of persons from the late Middle Ages to the present in every field of subjects. At the present I'm embarking on a bibliography of the Swedish author August Strindberg, which means that (to start which) I have to go through the 5000+ records in Swedish research libraries database LIBRIS.

Posted on: 2008/10/8 9:49



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