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Hundreds of Tolkien books on sale in Oxfam St Giles bookshop
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At Oxfam’s Oxford St Giles bookshop, Tolkien books - from The Silmarillion to The Return of the King - have taken over the shop windows in a beautiful display. We’ve teamed up with HarperCollins Publishers to run a two-week Tolkien event (9th-23rd October) to celebrate the city’s passion for JRR Tolkien’s books and the strong links which the author had with his home city — and to thank the Tolkien Trust for the generous support they have given to Oxfam’s work.

The Tolkien Trust, established by JRR Tolkien’s four children, has generously supported Oxfam’s work for many years - especially Oxfam’s East Africa Food Crisis response last December. We wanted to celebrate this generosity. When HarperCollins donated a selection of Tolkien books with a retail value in excess of £10,000, we decided the best way to say thank you was to sell them in our shop just down the road from The Eagle and Child. This was of course Tolkien’s favourite pub in Oxford, where he used to meet his friends C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, among others, in a weekly meeting on Thursday evenings called ‘The Inklings‘. It was in these meetings that Tolkien would read aloud parts of The Lord of the Rings, while it was still a work-in-progress, for constructive criticism from his fellow writers - so it seems fitting that the trilogy is coming home to this block.

All the books will be on sale to the public, and proceeds will be used to fund Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world.


http://www.oxfam.org.uk/applications/blogs/books/?p=3661

Posted on: 2010/10/14 22:37


Re: The wonders of eBay
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Qweniden wrote:
Thanks for the info on the hobbit. I didn't realize the USA/UK editions of the hobbit had such different boards.


Houghton-Mifflin thought that the 1937 UK edition of the Hobbit's bindings and dust-jacket were too British for the US market, so they designed their own versions. For later printings of the US Hobbit they did use J.R.R. Tolkien's designs for the UK dust-jacket and binding.

The UK Tolkien designed dust-jacket is often credited with being one of the best designs ever for a book, and is certainly my favourite dust-jacket design.

Posted on: 2010/10/13 1:34


Re: Wheelbarrows at Dawn: Memories of Hilary Tolkien
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ADC books are selling copies of the Deluxe Edition on eBay and holding a launch event on Sunday 5th December in Moreton.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dl ... ame=ADME:B:EOIBSA:GB:1123

Posted on: 2010/10/9 1:36


Re: What is my best bet for owning an inexpensive Tolkien Signature?
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I think I need to reiterate here, but J.R.R. Tolkien signed very few items in his lifetime compared to modern authors. There was no concept of signing sessions while J.R.R. Tolkien was alive.

He did however correspond a lot, so there are a lot of letters from Tolkien, but you need to be very careful with these as some individuals seem to find Tolkien's signature very easy to imitate.

A Canadian eBay seller currently has been offering a lot of signed Tolkien items (claims that he is not a dealer so has no idea on authenticity) but with no provenance or refund policy.

I would not buy from any seller who does not offer refunds on signatures, in my experience every reputable dealer will.

Posted on: 2010/10/8 11:47

Edited by Trotter on 2010/10/9 1:25:09


Re: Slipcased Hobbit, 1973
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Hi everyone, I am keen to pick up a copy of the 1973(?) Hobbit that is green faux leather and comes in a slipcase. I believe the edition was released for a number of further years, and an example can be seen here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/The-Hobbit-J-R- ... kid%3D5129654105491838947


I also like the Michael Hague hardback Hobbit, which is also green faux leather, the illustrations are very different to most other illustrated Hobbits.

Posted on: 2010/10/8 11:36



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