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Tolkien family inscriptions
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Now that I have got most of my Tolkien books into one room, I have come across the following two book inscriptions.

They are both written, I believe, by Michael Tolkien, son of JRR, and are of particular interest to me for two reasons. Firstly, they come around the period when JRR stayed at Michael’s house to complete the writing of LOTR. Secondly, because Woodcote is a pretty little Oxfordshire village which I know very well!

The second inscription with Joan’s name is also interesting because the book was clearly a Christmas present to her with the gift tag glued into the book, stating ‘from John to Joan, Christmas 1949’.

I wonder if anyone would have a view as to the identity of John? It does not look much like the 1977 signature of John Tolkien posted in this forum, but that is nearly 30 years later.

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Posted on: 2010/10/2 2:21


Re: What was your hardest to find book/set?
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An easy question for me... After finding decent individual copies of the Reader's Union edition of The Two Towers and The Return of the King, it then took me another five years before I could find a suitable copy of Fellowship.

Finally I got one through a seller on Abe Books and another set was completed.

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Posted on: 2010/9/30 16:16


Re: Pauline Baynes signature
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I'd just like to thank everyone who replied with such useful comments on my first thread on this forum

I don't have much knowledge of signatures as I have never really collected them. The only other ones I have are some books signed by Michael Tolkien in his instantly recognisable fashion. These are in one of the boxes.... somewhere...

Posted on: 2010/9/30 6:49


Re: Pauline Baynes signature
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The exact words used to me were
I used to work for RHCB and received this signed copy from a friend who worked in publicity and oversaw the book signing of this title.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 1:14


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I have two copies, both identical, and in the box with the white label on the front. There was only one impression of this wasn't there?

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