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"Leaf by Niggle" in Dublin Review (Jan. 1945)
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[ABE, not eBay, but this seemed the best place to post this.]

http://www.abebooks.com/Leaf-Niggle-c ... a=want_CM&cm_ite=readmore

The listing is hyperbolic ("Quite probably the rarest of all Tolkien's publications"), factually challenged ("It is often described as providing the underpinnings of Tolkien's writings, helping to create his religious philosophy which is for example reflected in the creation of Orcs and Dwarfs by Valas, together with a suggestion that it is an autobiographical allegorical tale based on the writer's own characteristics, though he himself preferred to believe it a mythical tale."), and at $7K+ (in my estimation) substantially over-valued, but nonetheless of note as (except for one unfortunate blemish) a nice copy of a scarce work.

Carl

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Re: Books From Tolkiens Library For Sale
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Some notes:

1) Tolkien’s inscription on the copy "Anglo-Catholicism & Re-Union” reads:

“given to me by Rev. S H Scott
in the old 'Newman Bookshop'
at that time in Beaumont
Street, Oxford”

(This appears to be written in ball-point pen, and so was most likely made in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Tolkien's signature here also looks to be a later example.)

Some further info on Rev. S[idney] H[erbert] Scott of Oddington Rectory, Islip, can be gleaned from here, here, and here.

Note that in 1940 Rev. Scott changed his name to Sidney Herbert Drane-Scott, and that he died in 1949. Tolkien thus received the item from Rev. Scott prior to 1950, and indeed the handwriting on the cover looks to me to date from the 1930s or 1940s.

Fr. Magnus Wilson writes here that the Newman Bookshop was "begun by David Andrews before the Second World War, and was originally sited in Beaumont Street (I think at number 19). In later years David had to move down to Walton Street. I joined David there in 1950, and was followed shortly after by Peter Hastings,* and then by Ken Todd."**

2) Tolkien's signature on the copy of Emerson's "Middle English Reader" looks typical of the later 1920s.

3) The card from Oxford University Press is apparently a receipt for an examination paper that Tolkien had printed for distribution to students. (I have seen examples of such printed papers.)

Carl

* Tolkien's (draft) Letter 153 (Sept. 1954, not sent) is addressed to Peter Hastings.

** I also see from this that the Newman Bookshop reopened in Oxford in Nov. 1997, in part due to the negations the late Catholic author and Tolkien scholar Stratford Caldecott (whose name is misspelled in the linked article).

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Re: Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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I was successful in placing my order just now, so it appears the site has been fixed.

Carl

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Re: Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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I've been trying to order a copy through the site, but despite 10 or so tries, I can't get it to accept my order. After I enter my credit card info and hit the button to process the order, it returns to the cart view, and doesn't actually place the order (so far as I can tell).

Had anyone else in the US successfully placed an order?

Thanks,

Carl

(FWIW, using the Safari browser on my Mac)

Posted on: 2014/7/6 17:40


Re: New Book Releases
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The advertising copy (e.g. on Amazon.co.uk) says that the LotR of 60th anniversary this set contains "some additional text corrections" to the 50th anniversary text. Is this the case? Or is it in fact just a reprinting of the 50th anniversary text?

Carl

Posted on: 2014/6/25 14:56



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