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Signed 1st ed. Hobbit?
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A signed 1st edition Hobbit? look here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/The-Hobbit-Firs ... 65%3A10|39%3A1|240%3A1308

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1 - The signature has been penned onto chariot watermark paper from the Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth where Tolkien regularly stayed with his wife. Whilst Tolkien didn't sign many books he was reknowned as a hoarder of paper, it is obvious he was practicing his signature on this scrap which originally contained two signatures on the same piece of paper

2 - I've checked out the following list of errors cited by Wayne Hammond (Tolkien bibliographer) and all are present just to verify that this book has not been tampered with.

3 - This book is an absolute classic and with a reported 240 printed copies only out of the original 1500 produced surviving,


1 - I'm a bit suspicious of this; Tolkien praticing his signature?

2 - how (and why) would anyone tamper with the book? Seems an odd thing to say.

3 - where does the idea come from that there are only 'a reported 240 printed copies only out of the original 1500 produced surviving'? Reported by whom, and to where?

Posted on: 2008/11/23 9:57
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Another signed copy?
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Look here

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/J-R-R-Tolkien-R ... 65%3A10|39%3A1|240%3A1308

they're coming out of the woodwork, aren't they?

Posted on: 2008/11/20 11:46
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Another 'signed' book on Ebay
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Here

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lord-of-the-Rin ... 65%3A10|39%3A1|240%3A1318

- what do others think? (I think it's a tad expensive - and - red crayon?)

Posted on: 2008/11/8 6:53
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Re: Tolkien Dedication
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Beren wrote -

"Can't imagine how that feels, cutting away the dedication, but I think I would feel sick..."


I know someone who has a book with a similarly fine dedication and signature, also on a separate piece of paper. He tells me that the books (there are others) are safe while in his care, but he's concerned that this sort of thing will happen to them once they're sold (he has children, and wants to leave the books to them.)

But there's no question of this practice coming to a stop, so long as the greedy and unscrupulous know that a Tolkien signature will fetch more on a copy of TH or LotR than on an original piece. What we need is a bit of education among the buyers! But, as a lot of folk who buy this sort of thing do so because of investment and/or speculation, I fear no-one would take any notice.

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Re: Tolkien Dedication
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It looks like Tolkien's writing to me; and the date makes it one of the last things he signed. Which means that whatever this has been cut out of has lost its history in order to make a quick buck, and that's shameful in my opinion.

Posted on: 2008/10/14 13:44
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