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Ran across David Miller's (The Tolkien Bookshelf on ABE) listing for the following two items:


This offering is for two seperate books, 'Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography' by J.R.R. Tolkien, and 'The Finn Episode in Beowulf' by R.A. Williams. The Finn Episode in Beowulf is signed by J.R.R. Tolkien to the front free endpaper 'Tolkien' in his distinctive early (1920's) style, with the 3 dots below. Further down the page, in pencil, in what looks to be Tolkien's writing, 'A very bad book'. Very likely from Tolkien own library, with a small Blackwell Booksellers, Oxford sticker to the bottom of the front endpaper. Slightly browned, original cloth, Cambridge University Press 1924. This copy has some scattered foxing mainly on the half title page. Also included with this book is the offprint from the Review of English Studies, Vol. 1. No. 2 April, 1925, 'Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography' by J.R.R. Tolkien. Original printed wrappers, margins a little creased and slightly faded, printed by Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1925. This copy is in Very Good condition, no foxing or writing, only fault to note is the rounding of the fore edge from being incorrectly shelved, and bending around the accompanying book. An unusual opportunity to acquire two items for the discerning Tolkien Collector.

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Posted on: 2008/3/30 20:44
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Thanks, Trotter. That's great info. Crazy that such a small difference ever is even noticed. I guess that's the job of good editors. It so happens that I have one of the first and two of the second. Thanks again!

Posted on: 2008/3/29 6:04


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"Minor textual differences indicate that Variant 1 was printed before Variant 2."

The description above is quite correct, the difference is on one page in the two copies.

On Page 352, 6th line from the bottom, there is an entry for Ulmo

First Variant

Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea.

Second Variant

Ulmo A Vala, one of the Aratar, called Lord of Waters and King of the Sea.

Because the 'and' should not be in Italics and was corrected, the second variant must have been printed after the first.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 23:24


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It looks a genuine Tolkien autograph and it seems to be an early one as well. Tolkien did use John Reuel in several occasions. Please do sent me some larger images along and some more info on the book! I'm very interested to learn more about this book.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 12:08


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I meant and forgot to mention that the 12 volumes I bought were even the hardcover editions from Houghton Mifflin.

Brian.

Posted on: 2008/3/28 11:41



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