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Re: Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
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By 'unpublished letters' we assume is meant, not published in Letters. There are still many Tolkien letters which have never appeared in print, in whole or in part – more than we can know, as we've not had access to the preserved Tolkien family correspondence; and then there are many letters which have appeared only in part, e.g. in auction or manuscript dealers' catalogues, which would come under Morgan's heading of 'hard-to-find'. As Garm very kindly says, we included parts of many previously unpublished letters in our Companion and Guide, over a hundred of them, and also quoted from extracts previously published in catalogues or elsewhere. The copyright statement at the back of either volume points to sources, supported by our bibliography of works consulted. Wayne's Descriptive Bibliography, Section Dii, is also a useful list of separately published letters or extracts up to mid-1992.

There are also letters recorded in the addenda and corrigenda to the Companion and Guide, at this site.

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Re: Books on George Allen, GA&U and Unwin Brothers
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There's also a small pamphlet, Fifty Years of Publishing Books That Matter, issued by Allen & Unwin in 1964. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are both mentioned briefly.

In regard to the Remembrancer, it would be nice to have a print-on-demand copy, to spare our original any further wear. Some typos, etc. could be corrected in the process. Rayner sent most of the copies to friends, relations, and former Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman employees, leaving the remainder to Merlin for sale. In his covering note to us, he said: 'You will find much of this rather boring but I think you might like the two Tolkien chapters.' Actually it's all very interesting.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2010/5/11 5:30


Re: Tolkien Signed Book on Bloomsbury Auctions
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Christina and I also think that the signature isn't genuine.

(The word, by the way, is provenance, 'the pedigree of a book's previous ownership' - John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors.)

Wayne

Posted on: 2010/4/27 18:12


Re: The Horn Book Magazine (excerpt from The Hobbit)
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We also have this, as part of a substantial run of the journal (1928-1975) we bought from a local public library that no longer had any interest in back issues.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2010/4/22 18:55


Re: Middle English Vocabulary
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The bibliography of A Middle English Vocabulary is necessarily complicated because Oxford University Press bound copies of the sheets as needed. This led to sheets of the first printing being bound with different advertisements and different wrappers, when they were bound as a separate publication (some were bound up with Kenneth Sisam's Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose). Also, no copies are marked as "first printing" or the like, so one has to identify them according to the number of ornaments on the upper cover and dates and other features of added advertisements and the wrappers, and to note the features of the deposit copies in the British Library and Bodleian Library, which are presumably from the first publication.

In the Bibliography I describe the first printing and three binding variants of which I was aware. I then describe two copies I presume to be later than those three, by virtue of the rubber-stamped line "PRINTED IN ENGLAND" (all caps); and a later printing, clearly so as "Printed in England" (upper and lower case) is set in type. Because your copy A has a line of this sort on the title-page, it's presumably a later issue or printing. The heading of the advertisements in copy A would suggest this too, as all copies of the first printing (as I identify it) have "EARLY AND MIDDLE ENGLISH" (all caps). (I don't recall having seen any with just "Middle English".) Your copy B has some of the points I associate with the first printing, binding variant 1.

Wayne

Posted on: 2010/4/10 6:12



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