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Re: Tolkien books for sale in UK on ebay
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The Silmarillion in our Tolkien Library set is a 2nd impression, and the set came to Christina directly from the Tolkien books Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman had kept for consultation in their library, but which they eventually gave to the Bodleian or discarded. There were in fact many copies of the Allen & Unwin 2nd impression Silmarillion still in the warehouse as late as 1992, when HarperCollins issued them in a Centenary dust-jacket.

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Posted on: 2010/7/15 4:18


Re: What do people think of this item
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Tolkien was supplied this letterhead by Allen & Unwin, so that his correspondence would be channeled through them and he could keep his home address private. We've seen examples before. Also, the font matches that of Tolkien's usual typewriter of the period (but the deep indents suggest secretarial typing), and although the form of initials is unusual, we have no doubt that the handwriting is Tolkien's.

B.D.H. Miller was one of Tolkien's B.Litt. students, 1952-1956, working on the Middle English fabliau Dame Sirith - see Chronology, first reference p. 382, last p. 486.

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Posted on: 2010/7/5 5:23

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Re: This amused me
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My only question is how come Hammond & Scull weren't included.

Maybe because it's hard to find a good rhyme for "Hammond" or "Scull"?

Posted on: 2010/6/27 17:41


Re: Sotheby's catalogue 1991 with Tolkien letter
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The Sotheby's catalogue was for their sale of English Literature and History in London on 18 July 1991. It reproduced one page from Tolkien's letter of 11 March 1949, and quoted from other Tolkien letters, including two more to Miss Turnbull (2 and 19 May 1955). Brief excerpts from two of the letters, including that for 1949, were published the following year in Catalogue 16 of R.A. Gekoski, London. Two and a half of the 3-1/2 pages of the 1949 letter, and longer excerpts, were published in 1995 in Catalogue Three of Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Manchester, New Hampshire.

To the best of my knowledge, the 1991 Sotheby's catalogue (Hammond bibliography Dii81) is the earliest offer of the 11 March 1949 letter for sale. I don't know if it was offered in any printed catalogue later than Stodolski's in 1995. I believe that the letter is currently in private hands (alas, not mine).

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Posted on: 2010/6/27 17:34


Re: The Horn Book Magazine (excerpt from The Hobbit)
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Looking at the pictures, the label would appear to have been produced by the Magazine Publisher and not by anyone else.

This is undoubtedly correct. The fonts and decoration on the printed label match the magazine for 1938.

I expect that the publishers sold identical slipcases for all the different magazines they produced except for the labels affixed to them, which is why they don't seem to fit very well in the box.

The Horn Book was published at that time, as today, by The Horn Book, Inc., which as far as I know published no other magazine (though they did publish books). On the basis of the one example, they evidently offered annual slipcases; I find no mention of these, however, in any issue in 1938. It may be that they were separately advertised. I've also checked the printed Horn Book Index, but found no reference to slipcases.

Except for some breaking and splaying of the slipcase at the top, it seems to me that it fits the six (bimonthly) issues okay. The extra height at the top allows finger access for getting a magazine more easily out of the box.

Wayne

Posted on: 2010/6/26 19:47



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