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Re: Hobbit "ratelves" typo question
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This was around for a long time, in my UK (listed as Sixth impression 1971) Hardback Hobbit if you look at the page Listing the Illustrations in the book (this is the only place it occurs and it is right at the start of the book), it is described as "Bilbo comes to the huts of the Ratelves".

The actual illustration is correct as Tolkien wrote the text on the picture. It is corrected in the UK 1978 edition, so was probably fixed in the middle of the seventies in the UK, may still have continued in US editions though.

Posted on: 2009/7/7 10:25


Re: Tolkien Signature?
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Well, it has a "Certificate of Guarentee" (sic) with it, sadly they managed to spell "Guarantee" incorrectly, not a good start really. I would like to think that anyone authenticating these signatures could at least spell "Guarantee"

Look at Picture 3 and 4.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 11:07


Daphne Castell interview with Tolkien (The Realms of Tolkien)
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I had not seen this before, it is an interview by Daphne Castell of Tolkien in 1966 (The Realms of Tolkien), originally published in New Worlds magazine.

There are some quotes first from Michael Moorcock and then David Pringle and then the interview.

http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/tolkien/full/

and speaking of Interviews anyone got any further news on a release date for "On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays"

Posted on: 2009/7/5 9:02


Blogpost - The Tolkien Industry by Jack Ross
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Interesting article on Tolkien editions, collecting and criticism.

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His most noticeable legacy, unfortunately, seems to be a ragtag and bobtail (to use a Tolkienian term) of mostly American scholars who specialise in ever more recondite and fatuous explorations of the implications of the papers and manuscripts which Tolkien himself sold them so long ago.
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http://books.scoop.co.nz/2009/06/16/the-tolkien-industry/

Posted on: 2009/6/21 0:36


Re: Dominic Winter Book Auctions
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They are auctioning a signed first edition Hobbit.

http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/catcal/S252/P12.html

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Tolkien (J.R.R.). The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1st ed., 1st impression, pub. Allen & Unwin, 1937, ten uncoloured illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien, advertisement at rear, map endpapers printed in red and black, one or two light spots and unobtrusive small marginal stains, small inscription neatly erased at foot of front endpaper, original green cloth, covers and spine with wraparound dark blue illustration of mountains, moon and sun at top, upper cover with Smaug illustration looking left, lower cover looking right, small hole and very small chip at foot of spine, one or two minor spots, edges very lightly rubbed, slight lean, top edges stained green, d.j., lower flap with misprint "Dodg[e]son" and publisher's manuscript correction, vertical tear along lower joint resulting in jacket splitting in two, approx. 3cm loss at foot, approx. 1.5cm loss at head of spine, tears and losses along folds and edges, some light marginal toning, 8vo
Signed by the author to front endpaper. J.R.R. Tolkien's award-winning fantasy novel was published on 21 September 1937, with 1500 copies printed, which sold out by 15 December. Originally concieved in the late 1920's-early 1930's to entertain his three sons, Tolkien recalled in 1955 in a letter to W.H. Auden: 'All I can remember about the start of The Hobbit is sitting correcting School Certificate papers in the everlasting weariness of that annual task forced on impecunious academics with children. On a blank leaf I scrawled: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." I did not and do not know why. I did nothing about it, for a long time, and for some years I got no further than the production of Thror's Map. But it became The Hobbit in the early 1930's...'. The book has gone on to sell an estimated 100 million copies worldwide since first publication and was never out of print. Tolkien began work on The Lord of the Rings in December 1937 after publishers George Allen & Unwin encouraged the author, against his inclination, to write a sequel. Hammond & Anderson A3.
£7000-10000

Pictures

http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/illustrations/il15620.html
http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/illustrations/il15621.html
http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/illustrations/il15622.html
http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/illustrations/il15623.html
http://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/illustrations/il15624.html

Posted on: 2009/6/6 0:00



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