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TolkienBooks.net - January 2008 Update
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The latest update at TolkienBooks.net has been completed. There should be something to interest everybody I think!

This latest update to the bibliography covers the period 1925-1937.

Conversational Course: English. 1930Spanning the period from J.R.R. Tolkien becoming a Professor at Oxford until the publication of The Hobbit, this was perhaps the most productive period of his writing life: As well as publishing more than a dozen poems, revising and expanding 'The Silmarillion', and writing The Hobbit, Mr. Bliss and Roverandom, Tolkien was also making his professional name with the publication of an edition of Sir Gawain, and papers on subjects including the 'AB Language’ and Beowulf.

New entries to the 1925-1937 section include:

Conversational Course: English - 1930 - This English language course by Linguaphone includes two recordings by Tolkien and Professor A. Lloyd James.

Tolkien Studies IV - 2007 - As well as reprinting Tolkien's essay The Name ‘Nodens’, this volume also includes extracts from unpublished drafts of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.

The Life of Joseph Wright - 1932 - This biography includes brief extracts from a letter to Joseph Wright, where Tolkien reveals that it was Wright’s works that had introduced him to philology as a schoolboy.

La Kunularo de l' Ringo - 2007 - This is the updated Esperanto translation of The Fellowship of the Ring. It is prefaced by A Philologist on Esperanto, a reprint of Tolkien’s letter to the secretary of the Education Committee of the British Esperanto Association.

Tolkien and the Spirit of the Age. 1987An Edition of The Life and the Passion of Saint Juliana - 1936 - 1961 - 1990 - Three entries for S.R.T.O. d'Ardenne's thesis have been added. The book is dedicated to Tolkien. D’Ardenne admitted privately that Tolkien should have been credited as a joint editor.

In addition, all images have been replaced with newer, higher resolution scans and many entries have been revised and expanded.

Articles Updated
Christopher Tolkien: A Bibliography - Three additions: Arda 1986 (Contains comments by CRT on The Clerke's Compleinte), Microphones in Middle-earth (A CD including extracts from a tape prepared by CRT to aid pronunciation of names in the BBC's radio serialisation of LotR) and The Children of Húrin (An audio book read by CRT and Christopher Lee).

Tolkien Calendars - The 2008 HarperCollins calendar has been added and the table of equivalent years has been amended and expanded.

Tolkien’s Languages and Alphabets - Details of Issue 17 of Parma Eldalamberon added.

Printing and Binding The Lord of the Rings - Note regarding the 3rd Impression of The Fellowship of the Ring corrected (Re: Quantity of paper used for the cancel leaf).

There have also been a large number of updates elsewhere in the bibliography:

Images Added:
George Allen & Unwin - Summer Announcements 1937The Sunday Telegraph 1963
The Daily Express 1966
Scotsman Week-end Magazine 1967
Beyond Bree May 1985
Weekend Guardian 1991
Vinyar Tengwar Six, Seven & Eight
Tyalië Tyelelliéva One, Fourteen & Sixteen
Tolkien and the Spirit of the Age
[Special thanks to Treebeard for the assistance with the fanzines]

New Entries
There have been 37 new entries to the bibliography. Most of these are new books from HarperCollins and others, but there are also a few 'new' discoveries. Highlights include:

Spring Announcements 1937
Summer Announcements 1937
Autumn Announcements 1937
The Hobbit 2007
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth 1992
The Lord of the Rings 1st State 1978
Mr. Bliss 2007
Parma Eldalamberon 17 2007
George Allen & Unwin - Spring Announcements 1937The Children of Húrin Large Print Edition 2007
The Children of Húrin Limited Edition 2007
The Children of Húrin Deluxe Book and CD Edition 2007
The Silmarillion 2007
The History of The Hobbit Boxed Edition 2007
Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection 2007
Dressed for the Cold 2007
St. Stephen’s Day Party 2007
Treasures from the Misty Mountains 2001
Manuscripts and Autograph Letters 2005
Sport & General Memorabilia 2005
Memories of Childhood and The Perfect Gift 2007
English Literature and History 2007
Literature, Manuscripts and Modern First Editions 2007

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tom bombadilo said:

I happen to love your website, one thing I am disappointed about is that there isn't really a rarity estimate on the books. Obviously everything is worth different price depending on the buyer, but it would be nice to have a ballpark rarity range to know if you are being scammed. Aside from that I was the most informative site I have seen so far.

As originally planned, the site was going to be a price guide, but when you get down to it, price guides are just too subjective to be meaningful - what sort of price? what I would pay, what is paid on eBay or abe.com, what are dealers asking, etc. Rarity scales have similar problems. In addition, it does not necessarily follow that just because a book is rare that it is worth a great deal. The approach I have taken is to give details of print run size where known. I am slowly extracting additional imformation from Allen & Unwin's records and adding it to the site as it becomes available.

If you want to evaluate a book's 'rareness' I would suggest going to Bookfinder or ABEbooks. The copies offered there, or the lack of them will give you a fair idea of prices.

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Thanks for the citation!

Alas I didn't follow it up to find out who the printer was. My suspicion is that the jacket had been added, but it is impossible to be sure.

I have a copy of Variant 1 with an associated letter dated 22 August 1977, just over 3 weeks before publication. The Billing copies would have been in production by then, so I think it is almost certain that Clowes would have produced all the dummy copies.

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Tolkien on Fairy Stories and On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays should be interesting.

[oops - people posted while I was thinking...]

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Hello Tom,

Welcome to Tolkien collecting!

I think everybody has missed out on something they really wanted on eBay. I missed out on one of the first 500 boxed LOTR sets ever issued (from 1957) before Christmas – I am still very sore about it even now…!

Rowns is the man to ask about U.S. paperback prices, but $20 for a good condition boxed set sounds ok to me.

The advice from Khamul and Parmastahir on collecting is very sound, have a good look around before really get going. I started out by trying to get a copy of every book he wrote, and just went on from there.

These three pages should help you with identifying first editions:

firsteditionpoints.com

booksellerworld.com

booklibris.com

TolkienBooks.net is my baby - I am glad that you like it!

For the most part it only covers British editions, so Ace Books, Ballantine Books and Houghton Mifflin editions do not appear. The best online source for information on American editions is probably the U.S. Tolkien Guide.

[That said, I am researching the whole Ace Books ‘Pirate Edition’ episode at the moment, so there will be an article at TolkienBooks.net at some stage that will give lots of information about the Ace and Ballantine editions.]

Much of the information known about the Ace and Ballantine editions comes from Wayne Hammond’s Tolkien Bibliography. It is an expensive book, but very useful. Your local library might be able to order it for you to have out on loan for a while - have a look through it before you buy.

Ace Books - There were 150,000 copies of each of the 3 volumes of LOTR printed and there were no reprints.

Ballantine – The number of copies of the first printing is unknown, but 125,000 copies of each volume were printed in the U.S. and another 10,000 in Canada by 17 January 1966. There had been 40 printings by 1973.

Houghton Mifflin – Print quantities for early printings of the HM LOTR can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

If you want to know more about print quantities for U.S. editions of Tolkien's other books, then Hammond’s bibliography is a must.

Posted on: 2008/1/2 15:23



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