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Re: BOOK COLLECTING: Moving Your Collection!
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I like this -no furniture! I can just imagine Christina making a little table out of a few books lying around in order to eat her dinner.


Well, not no furniture at all, just little that needed to be moved, as she was relocating to my fully furnished house. In fact, we did bring a table and chairs, and shelves and bookcases.

10,000+ is a bit excessive don't you think Wayne? My one question is: do you and Christina have a (complete?) written (or more probably computer archived) list of all the books in your collection?


Actually it's more like 15,000+ books -- plus CDs, DVDs, LPs, cassettes, magazines, and comic books. We do have an electronic list of our books, and lists of music and films, which we keep up and are in the process of refining. Ideally we would know, at least for our collections if not for every book, not only that we have a particular edition and printing, and whether it has its dust-jacket (if so issued), but also its condition, in case we have the opportunity to trade up. We used to carry printouts of the lists with us when we travelled, until they became unwieldy and I put them on a Palm Pilot.

Do you still remember what books are Christina's and what books are yours? Particularly books that you bought before the joining of the collections. Or is it definitively just 'one' collection now?


For the most part, we do remember who had what when we got married. Where it gets confused is with those books that each of us had in nearly identical copies, but we now have only one. Altogether, legally and officially, everything is now our joint collection, though some parts still tend to be spoken of as his (e.g. Arthur Ransome, Maurice Sendak, graphic novels) and some as hers (e.g. Arthurian literature, medieval history and art).

And, is this (do you think/speculate) the biggest single collection of Tolkienalia in the World in private hands?


It's certainly one of the biggest, occupying more than two rooms, plus related items in other parts of the house (C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes, etc.).

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/25 13:50


Re: Dear Reverend Father
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Beren,

Glad I could help.

In regard to why the letter was separated from its envelope and the envelope paired with the card, Christina wonders if it was because the previous owner of the items decided to "sweeten" the Arthur Tolkien card by selling it with a piece of JRRT manuscript, whereas the JRRT autograph letter could be sold on its own, sans envelope.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 17:39


Re: Dear Reverend Father
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The envelope is addressed not only to "Professor" but to "Rev. Professor" (indeed, to "Rev. Professor Dr."). The "Rev." in addition to the postmark date makes it very suggestive.

If the envelope does belong with the letter, it would seem, then, that they once had a common owner but were separated in the marketplace. Such things do happen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 7:31


Re: Dear Reverend Father
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Beren, by chance did you acquire this letter from the same source as the Arthur Tolkien card you show in another post? Because I find it interesting that the envelope written by JRRT but now associated with the Arthur Tolkien card has a postmark with the same date -- 27 September 1936 -- as the letter to "Reverend Father". If this envelope and the letter in fact are meant to go together, then the letter is to the Reverend Professor Aurelius Pompen, Professor of English at the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 5:04


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The Bloomsbury listing on eBay shows that the auction ended with a bid of GBP150, but 0 bidders and 0 bids. It's a poor system that can't, for technological reasons, withdraw an item before the sale, or at least add a note stating that there are questions of authenticity. Since this piece no doubt will endure in Web archives, one can only hope that future researchers also come across our exchange about it.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/21 4:13



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