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Chiswick Auctions 28th September
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Lot 5 Estimate £1000-£1500

TOLKIEN, J. R. R. (1892-1973). The Hobbit or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937. 8vo. Half title, wood-engraved frontispiece and 9 wood-engraved illustrations by the author, all but one full-page, one-page of advertisements at the end (frontispiece and title page very lightly browned). Original green pictorial cloth designed by the author, map endpapers printed in red and black (without the dust-jacket, some very light staining and a small nick to spine), contained in a modern green morocco-backed box by Asprey & Co. Ltd. Provenance: From the Collection of John Marriott (1921-2007) and Count R. L. Sangorski (1940-2014). FIRST EDITION, first impression.1,500 copies were printed of this, the author's first novel and a children's classic.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auc ... ee-43a3-ab8d-a66500fa0f76

Lot 6 Estimate £2000-£3000

TOLKIEN, J. R. R. (1892-1973). The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954-55. 3 volumes, comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, 8vo. Half titles, map printed in red and black, large folding maps printed in red and black at the end of each volume, table. Exceptionally finely-bound in contemporary green morocco by Asprey & Co. Ltd., spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (some very light staining to boards, joints a little browned). Provenance: Count Sangorski (crowned monogram stamped on titles of all three volumes and on rear endpapers of two volumes). FIRST EDITION. (3)

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auc ... 18-4541-8074-a66500fa100c

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Re: Uncorrected Proof of the Fellowship of the Ring
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So, Tolkien corrected the mistake made in the proof copy by the typesetters.

He must have made at least one other change after this, because the published version has 'Shadows' and not 'shadows'.

When he first wrote this line, it was meant to be 'darkness' and not 'shadow'.

Is that correct as I am questioning this comment in the article above and Urulöké's comment in the thread?

"The final published version reads “One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.” Tolkien apparently preferred “shadow,” but his editor said there were too many shadows in the ominous rhyme, and suggested one be stricken from it."

"That's a nice shot of the poem with the original wording (shadow that would change to darkness)."

Posted on: 8/23 2:45:44

Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/23 3:52:07
Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/23 3:54:12
Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/23 5:50:23
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Re: Uncorrected Proof of the Fellowship of the Ring
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It is also on tolkienbooks.net, http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/lotr-print-runs.php.

I also wonder if 'shadow' instead of 'darkness' was a mistake, as in The History of Middle-Earth, Christopher says that it was 'darkness' originally.

Posted on: 8/22 23:23:08

Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/22 23:33:45
Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/22 23:34:26


Uncorrected Proof of the Fellowship of the Ring
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Posted on: 8/22 23:16:44

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Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/23 0:25:03


Re: New Book Releases
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"This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it nearly 30 years later"

I hope they do not really think that Tolkien re-edited The Hobbit nearly 30 years later, he made a few changes before 1967, including the second edition changes, published in 1951.

I also hope that it is not printed in China, it was originally printed in Woking in the UK.

Posted on: 8/22 9:42:39

Edited by Trotter on 2016/8/22 9:55:48
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