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Re: Tolkien signature
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Just received a reply from David Miller, he, after reading all the arguments and seeing the bloomsbury letter also believes the three items are connected and has removed the two items from abebooks. He will now contact the person who he bought them from and will try to help in finding out where the items come from.

He must be very dissapointed. i'm happy I did not buy when I was offered them, still did not find anything back on that in my mail box so far.

Posted on: 2008/10/13 14:50


Re: Tolkien signature
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Just had this email from Bloomsbury Auctions

"Thank you for your enquiry. We have now had a chance to reassess the Tolkien item and as there seem to be some question marks over it, we have decided to withdraw the item. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Best wishes

Simon Luterbacher"

Posted on: 2008/10/13 4:02


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!)

BH

Posted on: 2008/10/12 9:43
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Tolkien Dedication
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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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Posted on: 2008/10/12 9:05


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



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