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Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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Wayne, any update on the state of play with Tolkien Collector double issue? (Glad talk was appreciated!)

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Ok, so when I purchased those 4 books, the seller also gave me the following dedication inscription that Tolkien wrote to some person. The dedication originally contained a signature but that portion was cut off and used for other purposes by David Miller. Do you guys think this looks like Tolkien's writing? I have a clear date on it; it was written in June 1973. Not that cool of an item, I know, but better than nothing.

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Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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I'm able to confirm that the David Miller story is correct. He did indeed, a very long time ago, do take out the signatures and bind them into first edition sets. Like this one:
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/000140.htm

Still he stopped doing that a long time ago and think he would never do it again. A bookseller also needs to learn a lot on the road. And to be honest, back then, no one was really interested in Tolkien academical works. I even remember a sale by Maggs where a huge lot of books from Tolkien's personal library did not find a buyer. Back then you could however sell a first edition with a tipped in signature..

Still it is a sad thing that it happened, and good that he did sell them of for 100$ and not threw them away. I have to check however if these books were on the loomebooks list (sorry did not find time yet to do so).

The JRRT could have been written by anyone. And can be seen on several books from Tolkien's library. It is just a thing that was put in to retain the origin of the book, same goes for the Tolkien Library Stickers... but in the end it is always difficult to proof the origin if no real signature remains. Sadly enough a lot of people tend to fake books and try to gain a lot of money by doing so.

Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:29


Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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We had eleven people in the audience, besides the two who own the bookshop. Not many, but appreciative. Christina read part of the Chronology section of our Companion and Guide on Tolkien's trip to Venice and Assisi, and part of the Reader's Guide entry on Environment, while I did the introductions and read the Popularity subsection of the Reader's Guide entry on The Lord of the Rings.

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Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:26


Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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The "[JRRT]" doesn't strike me as either Tolkien's or Christopher's handwriting. The letterforms don't seem quite right. It could easily be, and probably is, just something inserted by a bookseller. (You're right, Stu, it could have been written by anybody.) Of course, dealers like to entice prospective buyers with suggestions that a book might have added value, e.g. initials by JRRT or CRT.

I'm reminded of when I bought a copy of Oxford Poetry 1915 (containing Tolkien's "Goblin Feet"). The seller originally claimed that it was signed by two of the contributors, Tolkien and Aldous Huxley -- very nice if so. But it had already been returned by a Huxley collector, who said that Huxley's name was not in his handwriting; so it was offered to me with the deal that if Tolkien's name wasn't his signature either, I could have the book at half price. I needed only one look at "J. Tolkein" to come to a conclusion. (And a closer look, even with a small sampling, shows that both "A.L. Huxley" and "J. Tolkein" are in the same hand.)

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:18



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