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What a bargain
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Somewhat slightly more expensive than Amazon but at least you get free shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tolkien-Diary-201 ... Books?hash=item2a03050599


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Posted on: 2009/11/30 22:58


Re: R R Auction Tolkien Letter
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The guarantee from RR Auctions is exactly the sort of thing you would not get from sellers of "dubious" items like the "Higgins" letter.

This letter has all the correct points that are missing from items like the "Higgins" letters

1 - It is typed by someone who knew how to type (Tolkien clearly did know how to type as he stated that he typed the LOTR out twice). The "Higgins" style letters appear to have been done by somebody who is not proficient at typing on a typewriter, like most people today. As they struggle with using a typewriter they write short messages.

2 - This is the sort of letter that Tolkien would have typed and signed. I think it would have been quicker to type than to write by hand, unlike the "Higgins" letters which if real would have been handwritten.

3 - It is possible to check the details in the letter with the parties concerned, you could ask the British Council about the contents or find out information about Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski. This letter does have some provenance that can be checked. There is nothing in the "Higgins" letters that can be checked even that "Higgins" ever existed.

4 - The signature looks much better. It is not in the horrible blue colour of the "Higgins" letters and even something cursory like the dots come after his initials and not before as in the recent "Higgins" letter on eBay.

I personally am completely happy with this item.

Posted on: 2009/11/25 3:14


Re: 1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Ed. Hobbit
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The book was printed by MPG Books, in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK.

All their current paper is acid-free (http://www.mpg-booksgroup.com/paper.html) but you could email then on print@mpg-books.co.uk and ask what the situtaion was in 1995-1999.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/11/20 0:21


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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These are the letters that David Miller withdrew from sale last year after problems with the text and signature.

They are remarkably similiar to the "Higgins" and "Hooper" letters and I suspect all these "letters" could all be done by the same person, and I am sure that is not Tolkien.

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Posted on: 2009/11/18 22:59


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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"Collector wrote:

Trotter, I dont know about ebay, I never was there. But it is very dificult to fake a book or a letter from 1968, I never bought a letter/book looking a simple picture, I need to study them."

I didn't mention eBay but it is actually very easy to fake a signature or letter from 1968 and has been done numerous times. Some fakes are very convincing and can even fool hand-writing experts.

An example is the "Hitler Diaries" where three independent handwriting experts claimed that the signatures were genuine. The forger in this case went to a lot more trouble than the "Higgins" letters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_Diaries

Look at this article about collecting Tolkien Signatures.

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/fascimilesignatures.htm

"Collector wrote:

Garm, Dr. Higgings was the family doctor of Tolkiens family, and a personal friend. If you never heard about him....

Say no more..."

It looks like everyone apart from you is in the "never heard about him...." category. Please can you tell me where to find out any information about him that links him to Tolkien or even that he ever existed?

Posted on: 2009/11/17 7:22



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