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Rare Tolkien Literature For Sale
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Hello. We are a large antiquarian bookstore based in Cumbria, UK. Over the years, the owner has amassed a large and varied collection of rare Tolkien items, and we have everything from First Edition The Hobbit, to Tolkiens studies on Beowulf dated 1936. Having recently decided to sell all of this collection, it is a fantastic opportunity for collectors and fans alike to own rare Tolkien items, with of course a 10% discount. To save everyone's time, I won't list every item that we have, but request that anyone genuinely interested in purchasing items can contact myself (Claire) at 01228 544560, or at firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks for reading this.
Posted on: 2011/9/5 5:08
Edited by Trotter on 2011/9/5 10:24:56
Re: Rare Tolkien Literature For Sale
From Essex, England
Here is the list of items for sale
Tolkien List of Editions
1. The Hobbit, First Edition, Second Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937 (Second Impression note to first flap) £5000. Jacket has one inch square patch of loss to head of spine, small half inch patch of loss to foot of spine. Light chipping to edges, with mild spotting to front and sporadic light closed tears to rear. Overall, jacket is bright and clean, and retains original colour. Neatly price clipped. Pastedowns very clean, bear very small booksellers plate to foot of verso “W Heffer and Sons, Cambridge”. The mildest of foxing to front end papers, bears decorative ex-libris plate of “G.M Lloyd” to pre-title, with very neat inscription “M&D, Christmas 1940” underneath plate. Closed edges very lightly spotted. Text block and printed pages in excellent condition; no markings or discolouration, very bright and free from spotting/foxing. Overall bind tight and free from cocking, a good plus edition in good jacket.
2. The Hobbit, Eighth Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1956. £300. Jacket has small half inch patch of loss to foot of spine. Light chips to edges, otherwise jacket in very good condition. Retains colour and clarity. Neatly price clipped, with mild foxing to front flap. 3 prelims missing, with light tears remaining. P/Ds, fep/rep and text block are in fantastic condition, free from any wear/foxing/curling/marking. Printed pages very bright and clear. A Good plus edition in a good jacket.
3. The Hobbit, Thirteenth Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1961. £100. Jacket has 1 inch loss to head and foot of spine, small amount of minor open and closed tears, light rubbing. Otherwise, clean and retains colour. Light tanning to flaps, not price clipped. P/Ds exceptionally clean and clear, very light tanning to C/E. PP are clean, aside small section of “nibbles” (not bio-predation) to head of around 20pp. Text block tight and free from cocking. A good edition in a good jacket.
4. The Two Towers, First Edition, First Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. £350. No D/J. Red cloth boards are in excellent clean condition. Mild bumps to edges, slight fading of gilt title to spine, otherwise very tight and clear of markings or dints. P/Ds very lightly tanned. PP are in near fine condition; overall book is in near fine condition.
5. The Fellowship of the Ring, First Edition, First Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. £5000. An excellent copy. Jacket has mild “shelf wear” and rubbing, minor bumps to edges with light chipping to head of spine and mild tanning to spine. Jacket VG minus. Not price clipped, bears price of “21s net” to foot of front flap. Light tanning to flyleaf, with the smallest of curves to foot of PP, barely noticeable. Tight, clean and in near fine condition. No markings of any kind. Bears map to rep, mint condition. A desirable copy indeed.
6. The Fellowship of the Ring, Eleventh Edition, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1956. £50. Jacket has very mild chips to head and foot of spine, minor closed tears to front and rear (3) and light tanning to spine. Small quarter inch mark to foot of spine. Price clipped, neat ink inscription reading “James G Turner, Christmas 1965” to flyleaf. Book and map in mint condition, very tight and clean with no visible markings whatsoever.
7. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Second Edition, Ninth Impression, George Allen and Unwin, 1974. £150. An attractive, tight set. Jackets are in near fine condition, aside The Two Towers which has suffered some sunning to the spine. Only the lightest of rubbing to all three. All 3 are price clipped, PP and text block are unquestionably mint condition, as are all maps to rear.
8. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Second Edition, George Allen and Unwin, 1966. £200. An excellent near-fine set. Jackets are in fine minus condition, bear some light rubbing to rear, else excellent. Not price clipped, PP and text block are also fine minus condition, bear the mildest of foxing to C/E. Maps immaculate.
9. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Tenth Impression, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1961. £450. A good set. Jackets have mild chipping and rubbing, light bumps to edges and water based smudging to Return of the King. Quite tight and generally clear. Slipcase is beginning to tatter; edges are chipped and a little grubby, title plate is rubbed but clear. Ink inscrip of “J. Boyd Brent” to flyleaf’s, with some sellotape markings. Text block, PP, maps and edges have borne some light wear and tear but are overall clean and tidy. Tight in bind.
10. Beowulf the Monsters and the Critics, Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture British Academy, 1936. From the proceedings of the British academy Volume XXII. Read 25th November 1936. £1000. *REDUCED PRICE*. Edges are moderately chipped and rubbed; closed and open tears, with bumping and general wear associated with paper edges titles. Lightly tanned, spine split at head and foot. C/E uncut, contains intelligent pencil notations, perhaps by one of Tolkien’s students. PP clean and bright, could potentially be easily repaired by professional book binder. Scarce.
Non Antiquarian Titles
1. The Father Christmas Letters, Edited by Bailie Tolkien, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1976. Near fine condition. Boards in excellent shape; only the very lightest of bumping to edges, otherwise fine. Small neat ink in scrip to flyleaf “To Judith, with love from Dana March 1977”. PP are mint condition, overall a fine copy in condition.
2. The Hobbit Calendar 1976, Allan and Unwin, London, 1976. £100. VG condition. Has a small four-inch scuff (more link a vertical dint) across the front. Otherwise fine condition. Very light chips to edges, colour and illustrations are beautifully preserved. Each month is in mint condition, only the mildest of wear overall.
*Please note that all orders will receive free recorded delivery postage, and variable dealer discount can be offered. We also have over 250,000 books in store, and specialist collectors items can sometimes be unnoticed and shelved; it may be worth giving us a visit in person. Please ask if you’d like to see scans of particular items.
All enquiries can be forwarded to;
Antiquarian Sales Manager
17-19 Castle Street
Posted on: 2011/9/6 4:25
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