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Re: Tolkien signature
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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.

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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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One might also form the impression that the shorter item on abebooks (the 'Earendel-sentence') bears the same relation to the Maggs description of the Levinson card as the Bloomsbury item does to the Paxman letter ...

Posted on: 2008/10/8 9:49
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Then in the name of the king, go and find some old man of less lore and more wisdom who keeps some in his house! - Gandalf in Minas Tirith [LR 5 VIII:70]



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