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Re: New Book Releases
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Thanks from me too! I have a birthday coming up and have forwarded the link to my wife...

Posted on: 2013/1/17 1:59


Re: Art Exhibition (Pauline Baynes)
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I went to this exhibition at the weekend (12th January). The exhibition has been extended now to February 8th, since they have had a lot of visitors since Christmas. I would very much recommend anyone who get to Farnham to go and see it. The exhibition is not huge, covering the upstairs landing of Farnham Museum and a further single room, but very worthwhile.
While there were copies of many of the books that she illustrated (including LOTR and the Narnia series) the highlights of the exhibition included:
Her final painting from the Slade School of Art; the Kate Greenaway medal, several paintings from an unpublished work, Osric the Owl and other original work including one of the dragon from Farmer Giles of Ham.
However, the most unexpected item was a painting by her sister Angela. Apparently when Pauline was commissioned to produce the wraparound Lord of the Rings cover in the early 1960s, she was rather lacking in inspiration as she had not read the book. Her sister who had also been to Slade (and was also a very fine artist in her own right) painted a work entitled 'The Lord of the Rings' with scenes from the book to act as inspiration for her. Whether this work had much direct influence is debatable, but it was certainly fascinating to see.
The museum shop has a couple of prints for purchase, where they were able to reach agreement with the copyright holder. These are two beautiful snow scenes, one a Huntley and Palmers biscuits advert; the other a front cover for the Tatler magazine (1952).
I shall be going again before it closes. Many of the items on show are, I believe, owned locally and privately and so may never be seen again!

Posted on: 2013/1/14 5:01

Edited by Roccondil on 2013/1/14 6:11:13


Re: _Fall of Arthur_ in 2013?
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Today's Sunday Times also has an article about this and prints the first thirty-eight lines of the poem as well.

Posted on: 2012/10/7 6:45


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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Certainly a decent price at the moment, but buyers should be aware that-
1. FOTR and ROTK are both ex library with stamps inside and out.
2. FOTR and ROTK do not have the correct jackets. (9th and 8th imp. jackets).

To be fair the vendor makes this clear, but I see a lot of these kinds of listings going for much higher prices than (I consider) the true market value.

Posted on: 2012/10/6 3:02


Re: CS Lewis
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Well, I've got a little of everything really, although I'm not quite as obsessive as with Tolkien. Like my Tolkien interests, it derives from what I found pleasure in reading when I was young. I have 1sts of the space trilogy and of the Narnia books (though mostly later impressions) and quite a lot of his religous and other books. I suppose my CS Lewis 'lucky find' was a 1st impression Screwtape in a book sale a few years ago. The interaction between Lewis and Tolkien has always fascinated me as well and I have several books covering that area. My most recent acquisition was mentioned in a thread on here and was a Pauline Baynes-signed illustration from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I've only recently been able to get all my Lewis and Tolkien books into a purpose-built library area, so now at last I can see what I've been collecting over the last few years. (How on earth did I end up with 5 copies of Morgoth's Ring? I've no idea...)

Posted on: 2012/7/26 15:49



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