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Bloomsbury (London) auction coming up
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Bloomsbury sent me this note about their upcoming auction in London:

Note that for item 246 (the signed letter) a nice image is available on their website linked here

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Our sale "Manuscripts, Literature & History, Modern First Editions" (on 16 October 2008 at 1.00pm and Friday, 17 October at 1.00pm) will include some material which may be of interest to you.

Viewing beforehand on
Tuesday 14th October from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 15th October from 9.30am to 8.00pm
Thursday 16th October from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Friday 17th October from 9.30am to 12.30pm


246. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) .Typed Letter signed to a female ?member of his family, 1p. only, 8vo, n.p., n.d., answering an enquiry about The Hobbit, “As for ‘The Hobbit’. There are a fair number of corrections needed. I keep sending them to Allen and Unwin but nothing seems to get put right in a hurry. The[y] lost the corrected ‘moon-lather runes’ for Thror’s map: so the map and text do not correspond”, commenting on her choice of an Oxford College, “The whole organisation being terribly democratic (since it is medieval in origin) is also terribly cumbrous, complicated, and slow-moving. Have you any burning reason for picking Somerville? Apart from any private or family reasons for choice, I should myself have selected Lady Margaret Hall, at any rate for anyone reading English”, and news about Aunt Jane’s move to Lincolnshire, “In all my life I have only once before penetrated Lincolnshire. The experience was astonishing. I spent a little while in the Minster. My most pungent memory is of a card over the tomb of little Saint Hugh. It stated that his story was told by Chaucer in the Prior’s Tale! Unless Lincoln is in Asia that can hardly be true, nor could the card have been written by anyone who has read the tale”, very small tear in right hand margin not affecting text.
Estimates £300 - £400



783. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, first impression, frontispiece and illustrations by the author, maps and original cloth covers and spine bound in at end, slight loss panel of original upper cover at lower fore-corner, light ink name on one map, bookplate with monogram on preliminary blank f., internally very good, bound in full green morocco with gilt borders, lettering and spine compartments, by the Chelsea Bindery, g.e., fine, matching green morocco-tipped cloth slip-case, 8vo, 1937.
Estimates £3000 - £4000



784. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III third state (with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49), folding maps, light spotting to endpapers, last few ff. and extreme edges, ink ownership inscription on front pastedowns, original cloth, in very good condition, dust-jackets, light marking and spotting, most visible on vol.I, vol.III with tear at lower fore-edge of lower panel with resultant creasing, vol.I with slight loss to corner-tips and 2 small splits, overall a good set, 8vo, 1954-55.
Estimates £4000 - £6000



785. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Two Towers, first edition, second impression, folding map, browning to free endpapers, spotting to extremities, small ink name on front free endpaper, original cloth, cocked, a few small marks, bump to foot of lower cover, dust-jacket, slight spotting, spine slightly browned, small tear to 1 corner, rubbed and chipped at others, 8vo, 1955.
Estimates £200 - £300

Posted on: 2008/10/4 21:26
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Hi all,

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Let me know if you like it (or not), what you would like to see added to it, etc.

I expect it to be pretty quiet in there initially. Still, give it a try! There is a link in the main menu in the upper left corner, or you can always go to http://chat.tolkienguide.com directly.

Posted on: 2008/10/4 21:08
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Re: Tolkien signature
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I also have loved this spirited discussion!

And I must say, when Beren said this

I should have checked chronology, but did not find it at first glance.


I had this mental picture of him wandering around his library, looking for the book amongst the shelves...

(Yes, I know what you were really saying Beren, but I still wanted to share. )

Posted on: 2008/10/2 17:01
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Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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Wayne and Christina will be reading from The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide at a local event in North Adams, MA on October 11th.

The event is sponsored by Inkberry and Papyri Books. There will be a reading by Wayne and Christina, refreshments, and the entire event is free!

For those in the Massachusetts area, this seems like an excellent opportunity.

Posted on: 2008/9/29 23:34
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Re: Ballantine books, 4 book set 1973
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Hi Kelly,

I think you are talking about the set on this page http://tolkien.skwishmi.com/guide/pbset.html about half-way down:

Ballantine Reprint Edition, 1973-1974

In good contition, it can easily sell in the $20-50 range (really depending on condition.) It certainly is a collectible that US collectors enjoy picking up, but it is not especially scarce.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

Posted on: 2008/9/29 11:22
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