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Bloomsbury Sale #842

Sale date: 6th October 2011

283. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., Reader's Union edition, folding maps in red and black, original boards, dust-jackets, spines darkened, tears and chips with loss to head and base, 8vo, 1960.

est. £60 – £80


Bloomsbury Sale #767

Sale Date: 11th November 2010

153. Tolkien (J. R. R.) [The History of the Middle Earth Series], Morgoth's Ring, (vol. 10), fourth impression, 1993; The War of the Jewels (vol. 11), first edition, 1994; The Peoples of Middle-Earth (vol. 12), first American edition, Boston & New York, 1996, edited by Christopher Tolkien, original cloth, dust-jackets, light creasing to spine ends, 8vo (3)
est. £150 – £200
Sold for £130


Bloomsbury Sale #725

Auction Date: 8th July 2010

442. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, 5 full-page and some in text in colour, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1962.
est. £150 – £250
Sold for £200


450. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first deluxe edition, signed by the author on each title-page, folding maps, original black buckram, spines gilt, t.e.g., original paper covered slip-case, illustration designed by Pauline Baynes, a fine set, 8vo, 1963. One of only 1000 sets.
est. £3000 – £4000
Sold for £5500


Bloomsbury Sale #717

Auction Date: 13th May 2010

332. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Knight (Dame Laura) Oil Paint and Grease Paint. Second Volume, reprint, original wrappers, , signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on upper cover, 8vo, Penguin, 1941.
est. £200 – £300
Unsold - was identified as fake and pulled from the auction early.

333. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III first state, maps, bookseller’s small sticker to foot of front pastedowns, Tolkien Society bookmark, original cloth, dust-jackets, chipped at corners with a few other small chips and tears to edges, spines slightly browned, rubbed at fore-edges, closed tear descending into upper panel of vol.I and lower fore-corner of vol.III, housed in later board slip-case, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £4000 – £6000
Sold for £4000

334. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, second impressions, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, all with some light scratches to spine, vol.I & III uniformly browned, vol.I with small tears to upper fore-corners and spine ends with slight loss, vol.II lightly browned at spine with small closed tear, but otherwise very good, vol.III worn at spine ends and corners with slight loss, spine with splits and repairs to reverse, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £600 – £800
Unsold

335. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, vol.I fifth impression, vol.II second impression (in third impression jacket), vol.III seventh impression, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol.I & II browned at spine with slight staining, vol.II frayed at spine ends with loss, 8vo, 1956-55-61.
est. £180 – £220
Unsold

336. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, jacket slightly rubbed, 1966; The Return of the King, jacket worn at corners and spine edges, 1966, second editions, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo (2)
est. £75 – £100
Unsold

337. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Smith of Wootton Major, first edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, rubbed at edges, 1967; and 2 others, Tolkien, comprising a reissue of the same and 5th impression Farmer Giles of Ham in jacket, 16mo (3)
est. £80 – £120
Unsold

338. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 1 vol. deluxe edition on india paper, 5th impression, original black buckram deocrated in gilt, silver & green, an excellent copy, preserved in publisher’s box with printed title label, 8vo, 1976.
est. £180 – £220
Sold for £150

339. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. deluxe edition on india paper, original black buckram deocrated in gilt, silver & green, a fine copy, 8vo, 1969.
est. £180 – £220
Sold for £220

340. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Book of Lost Tales. Part I, jacket unpriced as issued, slightly rubbed at corner tips, some light indenting, otherwise near fine, 1983; The Lost Road…, jacket clipped but with publisher’s sticker, spine slightly sunned, 1987, first editions, frontispieces, illustrations, original boards; with a copy of Unfinished Tales and Tolkien’s Letters, first editions, 8vo (4)
est. £150 – £200
Unsold

341. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lays of Beleriand, first edition, colour frontispiece, original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1985.
est. £100 – £150
Unsold

342. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Treason of Isengard, first edition, frontispiece, small stain to extreme fore-edge of a few ff., original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1989.
est. £75 – £100
Unsold

343. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The War of the Ring, first edition, colour frontispiece, original boards, dust-jacket, an excellent copy, 8vo, 1990.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £200

344. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Sauron Defeated, first edition, colour frontispieces, illustrations, original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1992.
est. £100 – £150
Unsold

345. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Narn i Chîn Húrin. The Tale of the Children of Hurin, deluxe, first edition, with original pencil portrait by Alan Lee on front free endpaper, signed by the artist in ink, folding map, colour plates by Alan Lee, original imitation morocco-backed boards, slip-case, a fine copy, 8vo, 2007. The pencil portrait by Lee is probably a rendering of Turin himself.
est. £300 – £400
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #715

Auction date: 15th April 2010

380. Tolkien (J.R.R.) [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., vol.I & II first editions, second impressions, vol.III first edition, first impression, third state, folding maps, small ink name on each front fly-leaf, original cloth, some rubbing but sound, contents very good, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £280


Bloomsbury Sale #710

Auction date: 18th February 2010

40. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. india paper edition, later impression, folding maps, original black buckram decorated in gilt, silver & green, a very good copy, original slip-case, rubbed, 8vo, 1984.
est. £100 – £150
Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #707

Auction date: 14th January 2010

553. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Two Towers, first edition, folding map, ownership inscription on front free endpaper, original cloth, dust-jacket, price-clipped, soiling and marking, frayed at spine ends and slightly at corners, split to one corner, 8vo, 1954.
est. £700 – £900
Sold for £550

554. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, small tear to fore-edge of title, light mark to upper panel of jacket, 1960; The Return of the King, some marking to jacket, 1961, first editions, eighth impressions, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets; and a copy of Tolkien’s Mr.Bliss, first edition, 8vo & oblong 8vo (3)
est. £180 – £220
Sold for £120


Bloomsbury Sale #701

Auction date: 19th November 2009

395. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state with sagging text and printed ‘4’ on p.49, maps, ink name dated 1954 on front free endpaper of first 2 vol., related loose newspaper clipping, 1955, original cloth, dye from cloth bled onto lower extreme edge of vol.I & II ff., dust-jackets, vol.I with split at head of spine and some loss to spine ends and corners, vol.II with small chip at head of spine, vol.III with some tears and chips with slight loss and ink staining to foot of lower panel, general surface rubbing & marking, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £3000 – £4000
Sold for £3000


Bloomsbury Sale #700

Auction Date:

357. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Two Towers, first edition, second impression, folding map, original cloth, slightly rubbed at extremities, dust-jacket, chipped at head and foot of spine, just touching the ‘J.R.R.’short splits to joints at head and foot, fold to upper panel and flap split, corners chipped, a little creasing at egdes, slightly soiled, 8vo, 1954.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £190


Bloomsbury Sale #697

Auction date: 29th October 2009

717. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition, first impression , folding map, neat ownership inscription on front free endpaper, light tape burns to free endpapers, original cloth, very good, dust-jacket, dust-jacket, tape burns to 2 corners, splits and worn at foot of spine with some loss, 8vo, 1954.
est. £750 – £1000
Sold for £850

718. Tolkien (J.R.R.) [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, 11th impression, 1961; The Two Towers, eighth impression, 1961; The Return of the King, 7th impression, 1961, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, slight dulling to spines, small splits to corners and spine ends, otherwise very good, 8vo.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £150

719. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first combined paperback edition , original wrappers illustrated by Pauline Baynes, creased and rubbed, 8vo, 1968.
est. £120 – £180
Sold for £80

720. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, deluxe edition, map pastedowns, colour plates, original leather-backed cloth, slightly rubbed at spine ends, slip-case, a near fine copy, 8vo, 1976.
est. £100 – £150
Sold for £110

721. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lost Road, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, priced £16.95, very slight sunning to spine, a fine copy, 8vo, 1987.
est. £120 – £180
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #695

Auction date: 15th October 2009
689. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first combined paperback edition , original wrappers illustrated by Pauline Baynes, creased and rubbed, 8vo, 1968.
est. £150 – £200
Unsold

690. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Morgoth’s Ring, first edition , colour frontispiece, original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1993.
est. £180 – £220
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #689

Auction date: 16th July 2009

503. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Mapes (Walter) The Latin Poems..., 2 vol., edited by Thomas Wright, Tolkien’s copy , each with his name dated 1923 on front fly-leaf, some damp-staining to first vol., original blind-tooled cloth, 8vo, 1841-50. During Tolkien’s time as Reader in English language at the University of Leeds.
est. £400 – £600
Sold for £650

504. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Labriolle (Pierre de) Histoire de la Littérature latine chretienne, Tolkien’s copy , with his name in pencil on front fly-leaf, contemporary buckram, 8vo, 1920.
est. £250 – £350
Sold for £360

505. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Ancrene Wisse and Hali Meidhad, pp.104-126 in Essays and Studies. By Members of the English Association, vol.XIV, original cloth, a fine copy, Oxford, 1929. Tolkien’s study on the 13th century monastic guide and sermon on “holy maidenhood” for anchoresses.
est. £100 – £150
Sold for £85

506. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , second impression, 1 plain & 4 colour plates, plain illustrations and map endpapers, by Tolkien, 2pp. advertisements, bookseller’s small sticker to foot of front pastedown, original decorative cloth, slight darkening to extreme top edge, otherwise a very good copy, dust-jacket, price-clipped, chipped at corners and head of spine with loss, minor spotting visible on upper panel, otherwise very good, 8vo, 1937. The second impression is the first to have the colour plates, and had a print run of 2,300, of which 423 perished in a fire in 1940.
est. £3000 – £3500
Sold for £2800

507. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, first impression , frontispiece, plate, illustrations and map endpapers by the author, 2pp. advertisements, some marginal water-staining, map endpapers browned, minor damage to lower fore-corner of advertisement f., small ink price on half-title, front endpapers badly split with hinge pulled, original cloth, worn at spine ends and corners, some light damp-soiling, 8vo, 1937; sold not subject to return.
est. £400 – £600
Sold for £900

508. Tolkien (J.R.R.) [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, fourth impression, light damp spotting to covers, facsimile dust-jacket, 1955; The Two Towers, second impression, facsimile dust-jacket, 1955; The Return of the King, first impression , third state with sagging text and ‘4’ on p.49, some running from red dye on top edge, original dust-jacket, some browning and marking, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, 8vo
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £240

509. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, 7 vol. only, comprising 1. The Book of Lost Tales, light scratched to lower panel ; 2. The Book of Lost Tales Part II; 7. The Treason of Isengard, small tear to 2 jacket corners ; 8. The War of the Ring; 9. Sauron Defeated; 10. Morgoth’s Ring, 2 corners of jacket rubbed ; 11. The War of the Jewels, first editions, first impressions , some plates, original boards, dust-jackets, near fine copies, 8vo, 1983-94. (7)
est. £500 – £700
Sold for £400


Bloomsbury Sale #681

Auction date: 23rd April 2009

714. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state with sagging text and printed ‘4’ on p.49, maps, ink name on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol.I with closed tear ascending from spine onto upper panel and ink flecking to foot of upper panel, vol.I & III with small closed split at foot of spines, rubbed at lower corners, slightly frayed and creased at spine ends, light surface marking, overall an attractive set, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £4000 – £5000
Sold for £4400

715. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, ink name on front free endpaper, slight browning to jacket spine, otherwise very good, 1954; The Two Towers, first impression , bookplate on front pastedown, light staining and browning to spine, 1954; The Return of the King, first impression , third state, slight shelf lean, small split at 3 corners, foot of spine slightly frayed, small tape repairs to inside corners, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo
est. £1200 – £1800
Sold for £1600

716. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, small split near head of spine, dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped, slightly rubbed at edges and spine ends, 8vo, 1962.
est. £150 – £200
Unsold

717. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Morgoth’s Ring, edited by Christopher Tolkien, first edition, colour frontispiece, original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1993.
est. £400 – £600
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #677

Auction date: 26th February 2009

215. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state with sagging text and printed ‘4’ on p.49, maps, ink name on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol.I with closed tear ascending from spine onto upper panel and ink flecking to foot of upper panel, vol.I & III with small closed split at foot of spines, rubbed at lower corners, slightly frayed and creased at spine ends, light surface marking, overall an attractive set, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £5000 – £6000
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #672

Auction date: 11th December 2008

1092. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state (with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49), folding maps, light spotting to endpapers, last few ff. and extreme edges, ink ownership inscription on front pastedowns, original cloth, in very good condition, dust-jackets, light marking and spotting, most visible on vol.I, vol.III with tear at lower fore-edge of lower panel with resultant creasing, vol.I with slight loss to corner-tips and 2 small splits, overall a good set, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £3000 – £4000
Sold for £2800

1091. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , first impression , frontispiece and illustrations by the author, maps and original cloth covers and spine bound in at end, slight loss to panel of original upper cover at lower fore-corner, small section of loss to text near inner margin of pp.13/14 replaced in ms., light ink name on one map, otherwise internally very good, bookplate with monogram on preliminary blank f., bound in full green morocco with gilt borders, lettering and spine compartments, by the Chelsea Bindery, g.e., fine, matching green morocco-tipped cloth slip-case, 8vo, 1937.
est. £2000 – £3000
Sold for £2000

972. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, ink name on front free endpaper, slight browning to jacket spine, otherwise very good, 1954; The Two Towers, first impression , bookplate on front pastedown, light staining and browning to spine, 1954; The Return of the King, first impression , third state, slight shelf lean, small split at 3 corners, foot of spine slightly frayed, small tape repairs to inside corners, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo
est. £2000 – £3000
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #667

Auction date: 6th November 2008
399. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, five full-page and some in text in colour, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket slightly soiled and worn, 8vo , 1962.
est. £150 – £200
Sold for £260

918. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, map of the Shire, folding map at end, 1954; The Two Towers, folding map, 1955; The Return of the King, folding map, third state with sagging text on p.49, and ‘4’ under left handside of text, 1955, first editions , previous owner’s name on front free endpaper of The Return of the King, original cloth, some foxing to fore-eges and endpapers, all with dust-jackets, worn and supported on verso with tape, 8vo.
est. £1000 – £1500
Sold for £1000

919. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Garland (Roger, artist ) The Book of Lost Tales 2, original pencil design for the artwork on the paperback edition, depicting ‘The Fall of Gondolin’, signed by the artist in pencil and with his notes & title in lower margin, 310 x 240 mm., 1985; The History of Middle-Earth vol.9: Sauron Defeated, original pencil design for the artwork on the paperback edition, depicting Barad-dûr and the nazgul with Orodruin in the background, signed in pencil beneath, 350 x 225 mm., 1993, slight creasing, both with card window mounts with an example of each paperback cover similarly mounted below, framed & glazed (2)
est. £1500 – £2000
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #666

Auction date: 30th October 2008

84. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state with sagging text and printed ‘4’ on p.49, maps, ink name on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol.I with closed tear ascending from spine onto upper panel and ink flecking to foot of upper panel, vol.I & III with small closed split at foot of spines, rubbed at lower corners, slightly frayed and creased at spine ends, light surface marking, overall an attractive set, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £6000 – £8000
Unsold

83. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, first impression , frontispiece, plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, original decorative cloth, slight shelf-lean, dust-jacket with ms. correction on lower inside flap, spine very slightly darkened, fraying to spine ends with minor loss, a few very minor chips, slight loss to foot of upper panel near spine, insect damage partly affecting fore-edge joints and edges of inner flaps, ink signature on upper inside flap, 8vo, 1937. Despite the defects mentioned, this is still a very good example of the dust-jacket with both panels and spine bright.
est. £6000 – £8000
Sold for £7500


Bloomsbury Sale #664

Auction date: 16th October 2008

246. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) Typed Letter signed to a female ?member of his family, 1p. only, 8vo, n.p., n.d. , answering an enquiry about The Hobbit, “As for ‘The Hobbit’. There are a fair number of corrections needed. I keep sending them to Allen and Unwin but nothing seems to get put right in a hurry. The[y] lost the corrected ‘moon-lather runes’ for Thror’s map: so the map and text do not correspond”, commenting on her choice of an Oxford College, “The whole organisation being terribly democratic (since it is medieval in origin) is also terribly cumbrous, complicated, and slow-moving. Have you any burning reason for picking Somerville? Apart from any private or family reasons for choice, I should myself have selected Lady Margaret Hall, at any rate for anyone reading English”, and news about Aunt Jane’s move to Lincolnshire, “In all my life I have only once before penetrated Lincolnshire. The experience was astonishing. I spent a little while in the Minster. My most pungent memory is of a card over the tomb of little Saint Hugh. It stated that his story was told by Chaucer in the Prior’s Tale! Unless Lincoln is in Asia that can hardly be true, nor could the card have been written by anyone who has read the tale”, very small tear in right hand margin not affecting text.
est. £300 – £400
Unsold - this item was identified as a forgery, and removed from the sale.

783. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , first impression , frontispiece and illustrations by the author, maps and original cloth covers and spine bound in at end, slight loss panel of original upper cover at lower fore-corner, light ink name on one map, bookplate with monogram on preliminary blank f., internally very good, bound in full green morocco with gilt borders, lettering and spine compartments, by the Chelsea Bindery, g.e., fine, matching green morocco-tipped cloth slip-case, 8vo, 1937.
est. £3000 – £4000
Sold for £3000

784. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first impressions , vol.III third state (with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49), folding maps, light spotting to endpapers, last few ff. and extreme edges, ink ownership inscription on front pastedowns, original cloth, in very good condition, dust-jackets, light marking and spotting, most visible on vol.I, vol.III with tear at lower fore-edge of lower panel with resultant creasing, vol.I with slight loss to corner-tips and 2 small splits, overall a good set, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £4000 – £6000
Unsold

785. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Two Towers, first edition , second impression, folding map, browning to free endpapers, spotting to extremities, small ink name on front free endpaper, original cloth, cocked, a few small marks, bump to foot of lower cover, dust-jacket, slight spotting, spine slightly browned, small tear to 1 corner, rubbed and chipped at others, 8vo, 1955.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £340


Bloomsbury Sale #658

Auction date: 7th August 2008
63. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first edition , tenth impression, colour frontispiece, plain illustrations and map endpapers by the author, school library stamp on verso of front free endpaper, original pictorial green buckram, shelf-lean, dust-jacket, 2 closed tears, frayed at corners and spine ends with some loss, 8vo, 1958.
est. £75 – £100
Sold for £45


Bloomsbury Sale #NY012

Sale Date: 19 June 2008

275. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937. 8vo. Map endpapers and illustrations by the author. Original pictorial green cloth in dust jacket, custom half morocco folding case. Condition: light spotting to fore-edge; scarce jacket with light restoration to folds and spine ends. First edition, one of only 1500 copies of this cornerstone of modern fantasy literature.

est. $22,000 – $28,000

Sold for $40,000

276. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1938. 8vo. Map endpapers and illustrations by Tolkien. Original blue-lettered and orange-stamped tan cloth in dust jacket. Condition: tiny chips at corners of wholly unrestored jacket, very faint tidemark at foot of spine panel barely visible to edges of front and rear panel, small loss (5 x 15 mm.) at head of spine panel, light intermittent creasing, but generally a very presentable copy. First American edition.

est. $6000 – $8000

Sold for $10,000

277. TOLKIEN, John Ronald Ruel. The Lord of the Rings London: London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1953 - 1954 . 3 volumes, 8vo. With maps at rear of each volume. Original red cloth with gilt spine titles in light gray dust jackets. The individual volumes are as follows:The Fellowship of the Ring, (1953), The Two Towers. (1954). The Return of the King (1954); all housed in a custom red half-morocco slipcase. Condition: some light offsetting from glue to endpapers and a small spot to spine cloth of first title, else a very fine set.

First editions of the most beloved work of fantasy in modern literature. Originally begun as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier success, The Hobbit, the present title soon grew far beyond that basis and took its author 12 years to write. Tolkien drew on numerous Norse and Germanic mythologies as well as Shakespeare and the Arthurian legends to construct his pre-History of the Age of Middle Earth. Basis for the Oscar-winning films of Peter Jackson, bringing a new generation of readers to the lands of Middle Earth, Tolkien’s work is also responsible for inspiring the role-playing games of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

est. $18000 – £20000

Sold for $30000


Bloomsbury Sale #653

Auction date: 11th June 2008

380. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, map of the Shire, folding map at end, spotting to endpapers, splitting, 1 f. detached with tape to inside margin, backstrip crudely attached to covers, 1954; The Two Towers, folding map, spotting to later ff., lacking backstrip, 1955; The Return of the King, folding map, second state with sagging text on p.49, spotting to endpapers, backstrip becoming detached, 1955, first editions , previous owner’s name on front free endpaper, original cloth, worn and marked, 8vo .
est. £600 – £800
Sold for £750

381. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The War of the Ring, 1990; Sauron Defeated, 1992; Morgoth’s Ring, small tear near head of jacket spine, 1993, edited by Christopher Tolkien, first editions , vol.VIII, IX & X respectively of the History of Middle Earth series, original boards, dust-jackets, near fine copies, 8vo (3)
est. £200 – £300
Unsold

382. Tolkien (J.R.R.) and E.V.Gordon, editors . Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, first edition , frontispiece, original green cloth, gilt, crudely rebacked with cloth, 8vo, Oxford, 1925.
est. £100 – £150
Unsold

383. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Lewis (Alan, editor ) The Ruins of Osgiliath, number 59 of 100 copies signed by the editor and artist, decorations, illustrations and bookplates by Ruth Lacon, introductory letter loosely inserted, original cloth, lettered in silver, a fine copy, folio, Shropshire, 1995.
est. £250 – £350
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #650

Auction date: 16th May 2008

111. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, second edition , maps, original cloth, spotted, dust-jackets, a little rubbed, edges and extremities slightly worn, 1966. § [Walter]. My Secret Life, 3 vol, limited edition, original cloth, Amsterdam, 1888, 8vo
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £280

110. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , Return of the King third state, folding maps, vol.I & II with small ownership inscription on front free endpaper, otherwise very good, original cloth, spines faded, vol.I & II split at lower joint, vol.III water-marked at top edge of upper cover and middle of lower, 8vo, 1959.
est. £500 – £750
Sold for £950

109. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Farmer Giles of Ham, first edition , colour frontispiece and plain illustrations by Pauline Baynes, signed by the artist on front free endpaper, and with 3 Christmas cards signed by her loosely inserted, minor foxing to endpapers and page extremities, original pictorial cloth, dust-jacket, very slight fraying to corner tips, small closed tear to foot of upper panel and lower fore-corner of lower panel, 8vo, 1959.
est. £500 – £750
Sold for £480

108. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, third impression,spotting to endpapers and half-title, light soiling to lower panel of jacket, splitting at foot of spine, a few small closed tears, 1955; The Two Towers, second impression, small splits to jacket spine, 1955; The Return of the King, first impression, first state (without sagging text or ‘4’ on p.49), jacket with slight wear to spine ends, 1955 , first editions , original cloth, shelf lean, dust-jackets, light surface soiling, some fraying and rubbing at edges, 8vo .
est. £600 – £800
Sold for £850


Bloomsbury Sale #645

Auction date: 3rd April 2008

452. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression, small sticker on front pastedown, jacket frayed and torn at spine ends and corners with loss, closed/repaired tear across upper panel, 1956; The Two Towers, fourth impression, browning to endpapers, small sticker on front pastedown, jacket with chips to spine ends, 2 small splits to lower joint, 1956; The Return of the King, second impression, jacket with small tears to corners, marking to lower panel, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, spines browned, 8vo .
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #642

Auction date: 13th March 2008

156. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Autograph Letter signed to Ingrid Pridgeon, 2pp. & envelope, 8vo, Oxford address crossed out and typed c/o Messrs Geo. Allen and Unwin, postmarked Poole, August 1968, apologising for not having replied more fully, “I am having rather a bad time. I have left Oxford, and in the middle of the move I fell downstairs and damaged my right leg so badly that it is in plaster from toe to hip, and I am on crutches” and and a reference to The Lord of the Rings, “I notice Spire Hollin: very Shire-like. Hollin is northern form of holly: and in Book I of The L.R: I lived for a while in Leeds in a Hollin Lane, fold.
est. £400 – £600
Sold for £1300

155. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, 14th impression, signed by the author on front free endpaper (slightly smudged at one letter), jacket split down upper joint and torn with loss, small tape mark, 1965; The Two Towers, 11th impression , 1965; The Return of the King, 11th impression, 1965, first editions , maps, ink name on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, corners rubbed, small tears to spine ends, light surface soiling, 8vo .
est. £700 – £900
Sold for £2200

154. Tolkien (J.R.R.) and C.S. Lewis.- Wrenn (C.L., editor ) Beowulf: With the Finnesburg Fragment, first edition, Autograph Letter signed from Tolkien, 2 Autograph Letters signed & a postcard signed from Lewis, Autograph Letter signed from Christopher Tolkien, Typed Letter signed by Wrenn and a note and draft letter by Robert Burchfield loosely inserted, postcard and newspaper cutting taped down on front free endpaper, original cloth, corners bumped, gilt spine slightly dulled, 8vo, 1953; and another, Wallenberg’s Kentish Place-Names, covers detached, Uppsala, 1931, 8vo (2)
1) Autograph Letter from Tolkien to R.W. Burchfield, apologising for not having returned this copy of Wallenberg’s Kentish Place-Names. 2) 2 Autograph Letters from Lewis to R.W. Burchfield, concerning joining and receiving publications from the Early English Texts Society. 3) Postcard from Lewis to R.W. Burchfield, in Anglo-Saxon and referring to C.T. Onions and mentioning Beowulf, laid down with tape on front pastedown (with a newspaper cutting from The Times newspaper, ?advertisemenent in Anglo-Saxon).
est. £1500 – £2000
Unsold

153. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Williams (R.A.) The Finn Episode in Beowulf: An Essay on Interpretation, first edition, signed “Tolkien” on front free endpaper, slightly browned, original cloth, Cambridge University Press, 1924 § Tolkien (J.R.R.) Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography, offprint, original printed wrappers, margins a little creased and slightly faded, 1925, 8vo (2)
est. £600 – £800
Sold for £900


Bloomsbury Sale #641

Auction date: 6th March 2008

269. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression, 1956; The Two Towers, fourth impression, 1956; The Return of the King, second impression, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, uniformly darkened, otherwise a very good set, 8vo .
est. £300 – £400
Sold for £210


Bloomsbury Sale #NY005

Sale Date: 12 December 2007

371. TOLKIEN, John Ronald Ruel (1892-1973). A 2pp. holograph letter, written in the third person and sent to his assistant Joy Hill, presumably for her to type and send on, being a response to a letter received from a devoted fan, with a 1p. note of commentary for Ms Hill. Headington, Oxford, [no date but probably late 1960s]. Together, 3pp. on 2ll. with a printed letterhead, small 8vo (sheet size: 7 x 5-3/8 inches; 178 x136 mm.)

[With:] the original letter sent from the fan, Michael Blashka, to Tolkein . East Northport, Long Island, New York, [no date but probably late 1960s]. 4pp. on 4ll, 4to (sheet size roughly: 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 277 x 217 mm.) Blashka apparently writes as interpreter for King Ephedolos, and includes a map of the new kingdom of Eruidor, the King's message in a runic alphabet, with a supplied translation into English.

An excellent Tolkien hand-written 2-page reply to “King Ephedolos”, thanking him for “expressing approval of the historical books so far issued” , with the fan's original letter. Altogether, a splendid example of Tolkien's appreciation of a fan trying to entice him into a response (his reluctance to correspond directly with people he did not know is well established). The author of Lord of the Rings regrets not having a publication date available for The Silmarillion nor has he any "clear knowledge of the fate of Frodo or others" who crossed the sea. In the accompanying note to Joy Hill he describes the letter to which he is replying as "A 'cracked' letter. No need, of course, to reply, though (I am afraid) this kind of thing amuses me, since I may be considered rather cracked myself for similar ways). The writer is simple-minded but intelligent; and has at any rate tackled the difficult Angerthas with tolerable success. 'Playing the game' with readers of this sort (if not too time-wasting) is perhaps worthwhile, if only as a means of keeping interest in the L.R. alive among the less fantastical (or drugged) young folk ...".
est. $6000 – £9000
Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #634

Auction date: 6th December 2007

160. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression, 1956; The Two Towers, fourth impression, 1956; The Return of the King, second impression, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, uniformly darkened, otherwise a very good set, 8vo .
est. £500 – £700
Unsold

159. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, map of the Shire, folding map at end, spotting to endpapers, splitting, 1 f. detached with tape to inside margin, backstrip crudely attached to covers, 1954; The Two Towers, folding map, spotting to later ff., lacking backstrip, 1955; The Return of the King, folding map, second state with sagging text on p.49, spotting to endpapers, backstrip becoming detached, 1955, first editions , previous owner’s name on front free endpaper, original cloth, worn and marked, 8vo .
est. £1000 – £1500
Unsold

158. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954; The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, second state with sagging text on p.49, 1955, first editions, first impressions , maps, each vol. with bookseller’s small sticker to foot of front pastedown, original cloth, very slightly cocked, dust-jackets, small tear with loss to foot of spine of The Return of the King, light minor marking to The Fellowship of the Ring, otherwise an excellent bright set , 8vo.
est. £10000 – £15000
Sold for £11000

157. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first edition , frontispiece, plate, full-page illustrations and map endpapers by the author, 2pp. advertisements, a few very minor marks, but overall internally a very good copy, handsomely bound in full modern green morocco , gilt Smaug to foot of upper cover, spine with gilt compartments and black morocco labels, gilt borders, in green cloth slip-case, 8vo, 1937.
est. £1800 – £2000
Sold for £2400

156. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first edition , frontispiece, plate, full-page illustrations and map endpapers by the author, 2.. advertisements, slight splitting to rear endpapers with small sticker on rear pastedown, light staining to edges of plate, some minor marking and spotting, original pictorial cloth, backstrip detached from lower joint with slight loss to cloth, rubbed at corners and fore-edge of upper cover, light circular mark on upper cover, cocked, 8vo, 1937.
est. £1500 – £2000
Sold for £1200

155. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Sweet (Henry, editor ) Extracts from Alfred’s Orosius, second edition, J.R.R.Tolkien’s copy with his signature in pencil on front free endpaper and a few annotations to text at beginning and library book-label on front pastedown, text in Old English and Latin, upper hinge weak, original cloth-backed printed boards, browned and a little rubbed, upper board slightly stained at foot, 8vo, Oxford, 1893.
est. £750 – £1000
Unsold

395. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) Autograph Letter signed to “JRRT” to ?Amy Ronald, 2pp., 8vo, n.p., 20th March 1969, discussing a misunderstanding, recent health issues (his wife’s and Amy Ronald’s). and discussing a translation of The Hobbit, “I shall be interested to hear how the French version of Le Hobbit strikes you. Personally I think one of the most unfortunate results of the French invasion of England was the adulteration of our own language. With the consequence that we have a large Franco-Latin ingredient, largely floating about like oil, and specially used when we are being ‘adult’ stuffy or professional. So that French (to those who don’t know it well) sounds often priggish in colloquial dialogue”, fold, in a modern slipcase.
est. £1000 – £1500
Sold for £1500


Bloomsbury Sale #631

Auction date: 14th November 2007

552. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. india paper edition , folding maps, original black buckram decorated in gilt, silver & green, a very good copy, slip-case, rubbed, 8vo, 1969.
est. £200 – £300
Sold for £200


Bloomsbury Sale #NY002

Sale Date: 24th October 2007

111. TOLKIEN, John Ronald Ruel (1892-1973). The Lord of the Rings London: 1953 - 1954 - 1954. 3 volumes, 8vo. Original brown paper wrappers, volumes I and II in individual grey cloth four-fold chemise by R. Patron of Hollywood, California, the two volumes contained within a single purple morocco slipcase, also by Patron?, tooled in gilt and blind.

Very rare set of proofs: vols.i and ii page proofs, preceding the first edition, bound in wrappers and sent out by the publishers as early review copies. vol.iii dated a year earlier than the first edition. vol.i accompanied by a letter from the publisher to Arthur Ransome soliciting a review; vol.ii with an unbound proof copy of the map.

The individual volumes are as follows:
The Fellowship of the Ring. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1953. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 218 x 140mm.). Brown paper wrappers, white paper label applied to upper cover with typed title “The Fellowship of the Ring / by / J.R.R. Tolkien”, with manuscript note “Not less than 21/- / nor more than 25/-“ (small splits to joints). With a laid in TLS from the publisher Stanley Unwin to Arthur Ransome, dated 14 December 1953, “I am sending you a set of uncorrected proofs (minus runes and maps” and asking for a review.
Arthur Ransome’s copy . These page-proofs are in their earliest state, with the title page before the borders were added, and pp.16 and 21 incorrectly numbered, and p.319 was not printed at all. In addition, there are five spelling corrections in red ink (on pp.30; 56; 74; 263; 268), one spelling correction in pencil, on p.315, and there is one alternative textual reading in red ink: p.306 (“hobbits & other friends” for “men”). The date of the covering letter makes this the earliest recorded copy of vol.I, other than the copy sent to Tolkien on 29 September 1953. Ransome (1884-1967) is now best known for his long-running series of “Swallows & Amazons” children's books, he also worked as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian .

The Two Towers. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1954. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 51/2 inches; 222 x 142mm.). 1 folding proof map printed in brown/red and black laid in. Brown paper wrappers, white paper label applied to upper cover with typed title “The Two Towers / by / J.R.R. Tolkien”, with a second small applied paper label “anout [sic., i.e. about] 21s.“ Condition : small splits to joints.
Proof pages in their earliest state with pp.9-10 blank but for the word “Synopsis” on both pages. Copies of this first issue were printed in February 1954 (Tolkien received his copy on March 4), and the present example includes the rare proof map, folded but unbound, and has pencilled underlinings, each with a marginal note on pp.165 and 257; and pencilled spelling corrections on pp.190 and 307.

The Return of the King. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1954. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 215 x 138mm.). Two paper stocks: browner cheaper paper make up pp.[1]-256, cream wove paper used for pages 257-416. Oatmeal thick paper wrappers made up from three sheets of paper, one for each cover with a third wrapping around from the upper to the lower cover and forming the backstrip, wove free endpapers and pastedowns. Condition : brown spot affecting the outer edges of most pages.
Proof, dated the year before the official publication date , without the maps (not called for), but with early settings of pp.376 (with four pieces of type set upside down in the form so that they print as black bars) and 388, 393; 414 (each with one piece of type set upside down).
est. $15,000 – $20,000
Sold for $21,000


Bloomsbury Sale #623 Auction date: 13th September 2007

711. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, second edition, first impression, folding map, original cloth, dust-jacket, rubbed at corners with small repaired tear to upper fore-corner of upper panel, 8vo, 1966.
est. £75 – £100
Sold for £15


Bloomsbury Sale #622

16th August 2007

361.Tolkien (J.R.R.) .Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, vol. I third impression, vol. II second impression, vol. III first impression, second state, folding maps, endpapers a little browned, vol. I & III ink inscription on front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, slightly soiled, loss to spine ends and corners, tape repair to verso of jackets at head of spine, 8vo, 1954-55.

Estimates £600 - £800

Sold for £650

Bloomsbury Sale #614

Sale Date - May 24, 2007

247. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49, folding maps, oblated signature on front free endpaper of vol.III, all internally in very good condition, original cloth, dust-jackets, some light surface marking, spines slightly browned and dulled, vol.I & II with small closed tears to fore-corners, vol.III slightly chipped at lower fore-corners, closed tears and slight fraying to spine ends with some loss to vol.I & II, overall however very good examples, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £5000 – £7000

Sold for £5000

248. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions , vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49, folding maps, no inscriptions, original cloth, minor sunning to spine ends, otherwise fine, dust-jackets, uniformly dulled at spines, some surface marking, particularly to lower panel of vol.II, vol.I splitting at upper joint with resultant closed tear to upper panel, vol.I & III slightly frayed at head of spine, all torn at foot of spines with some loss, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £4000 – £5000

Unsold

249. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , vol.I second impression, vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’, folding maps, vol.I lacking front free endpaper and with minor running from red edging affecting top edge of map and last text f., spotting to vol.II & III endpapers and a few ff., ink inscription on front endpaper of each vol., original cloth, cocked, 1954-55; and a jacketed copy of The Silmarillion, 8vo (4)

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £360

250. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, eighth impression, colour frontispiece and plain illustrations by the author, map endpapers, lacking most of 1 preliminary blank f., tape mark to upper hinge, original pictorial cloth, minor edge sunning, dust-jacket, signed by the author near foot of inside front panel [see lot 490], tape marks to inside front flap, clipped at lower corners of inside flaps, small chips from corners of head of spine, 2 vertical creases, otherwise a very good example, 8vo, 1956.

est. £750 – £1000

Sold for £700

493.Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) Autograph Letter signed to Elsie Honeybourne, 2pp. & envelope (stamp removed), 8vo, Headington, Oxford, 18th September 1967, responding warmly to a present Miss Honeybourne has sent him, “If I dare say so a very hobbit-like kindness to send a present on you own birthday!”, and answering her questions about The Lord of the Rings, “As I said in the ‘Foreword’ to the American paperback..., I wrote The Lord of the Rings because I wished ‘to try my hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them & deeply move them’. As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving; and it has been a great pleasure (and a surprise) to find that so many other people have similar feelings. But no one has written me a letter more warm, and few have come near it. I am specially grateful for your pleasure in the names: I took a great deal of trouble with them”, complimenting her on her surname, “Your own name is a delightful one, and brings to me suggestion of kinship. It’s such a good name that I must, in any future more complete map of the Shire (often asked for), find a place for it. It is one of the comparatively rare place-names that means what it says: a stream, of sweet water and/or flowing through flowery-meads”, folds (2)

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £2300

494.Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) Autograph Letter signed to Elsie Honeybourne, 2pp., 8vo, Headington, Oxford, 21st December 1967, discussing her surname, “I think it still probable that your father’s name nonetheless comes from near Evesham. It must be derived from a place-name; and though -Bourne (stream) is widespread in England, and occurs in Kentish names, Honeybourne is found only in Cow H. and Church H. near Evesham. There was a considerable movement and interchange between Kent and Worcestershire, largely because of the industries of fruit-growing. I shall certainly put Honeybourne on the Shire Map as soon as an opportunity of revision (much needed) occurs”, and commenting on the end of The Lord of the Rings, “I was deeply interested in your choice of passages, and quite agree about Pippin’s ride. An easing of tension was needed at the end of the ‘Book’ (but of course provided instinctively and not by planning). To ride with Gandalf must have been like being borne by a Guardian Angel, with stern gentleness a most comforting combination to children (as we all are)”, and sending a newly published story”, folds ; and a small quantity of ephemera relating to Tolkien including 2 T.Ls.s. from Joy Hill, 1968, informing Miss Honeybourne that Professor Tolkien had moved from Oxford and that he was recovering from a “minor accident”, folds (sm. qty)

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £2200

495.Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) Autograph letter signed to an aptly Shire-sounding Mr Burrows, 1p., 16mo, n.p., 1st August 1969, discussing the signing of a copy of The Hobbit and Tolkien’s change of address & recent health issues.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £1300

Bloomsbury Sale #613

Sale Date - May 17, 2007

394. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, third impression, colour frontispiece & plain illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, ownership stamp on preliminary blank, mark on 2 pp., original pictorial cloth, marked and darkened, rubbing to edges, 8vo, 1942.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £320

395. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, third impression, colour frontispiece, black & white illustrations, map endpapers, advertisement f. at end, lacking title , browning to foot of 1 f., small ink name on verso of front free endpaper, original pictorial cloth, marked and rubbed, 8vo, [?1942].

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £130

396. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , vol.I second impression, vol.III later state with sagging text & ‘4’ at foot, folding maps, browning to page edges of vol.III, original cloth, slightly cocked, dust-jackets, browned and spotted, loss to spine ends and corners, 8vo, 1954.

est. £600 – £800

Sold for £750


Bloomsbury Sale #609

Sale Date - April 26, 2007

508. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, some full-page, original pictorial boards, slightly rubbed at corners, dust-jacket, frayed at spine ends, closed tear and crease to head of upper panel, 8vo, 1962.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £60

509. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. india paper edition , folding maps, original black buckram decorated in gilt, silver & green, small light mark to upper cover, slip-case, rubbed, 8vo, 1969.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £260


Bloomsbury Sale #604

Sale Date - March 8, 2007

206. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. india paper edition , folding maps, original black buckram decorated in gilt, silver & green, spine slightly sunned, slip-case, rubbed, small abrasion on lower panel, 8vo, 1969.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £220

207. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., number 54 of 250 copies signed by the artist, colour plates by Alan Lee, original morocco-backed cloth, gilt, g.e., preserved in original cloth slip-case with Tolkien’s monograph in gilt, a fine copy, 8vo, 1992.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £380


Bloomsbury Sale #601

Sale Date - February 15, 2007

507. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, ?third impression, colour frontispiece, black & white illustrations, map endpapers, advertisement f. at end, lacking title , browning to foot of 1 f., small ink name on verso of front free endpaper, original pictorial cloth, marked and rubbed, 8vo, [?1942]. Probably the third impression, taking into account the presence of the colour plate and that the Père Castor translations advertised at the end were published from 1938.

est. £200 – £300

Unsold

Bloomsbury Sale #600

Sale Date - February 8, 2007

302. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, second edition, 6th impression (11th impression overall), colour frontispiece, plain illustrations, map endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, chipped at top-edge and spine ends, closed tear descending c.4 cm. from head of spine, 1959; and 3 others, Modern Literature, 8vo (4)

est. £120 – £180

Sold for £70


Bloomsbury Sale #599

Sale Date - January 25, 2007

1124. Miscellanea, Pop-Up Books (3), a small collection mainly made in Cali, Colombia, from 1970-1990s. Miscellaneous: J R Tolkien, The Hobbit, Present for Santa Christmas Pop-Up, The Haggada of Passover, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Art of Science A Pop-Up Adventure in Art, Crazy Pops and the The Book of Pop-Up Board Games (7); Musical ones, but the batteries need replacing, Rockups, The Elvis Story (2) and Rockups The Beatles Story (2); mint in packs. (11)

est. £120 – £150

Sold for £80


Bloomsbury Sale #596

Sale Date - December 14, 2006

510. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , second impression , colour frontispiece and plates, illustrations, endpaper maps, a little light staining visible to foot of plates, small ink numbers near head of half-title, original pictorial cloth, slightly knocked, very minor marking, overall a very good copy, 8vo, 1937.

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £950

511. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first American edition, first state (with illustration of bowing Hobbit on title, plates, some colour, endpaper maps, posthumous bookplate of Bertha Mahony Miller and her pencil signature, original cloth, a near fine copy, 8vo, Boston & New York, 1938.

est. £600 – £800

Sold for £400

512. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, vol.I twelfth impression, II & III eleventh impressions, folding maps, vol.I with small name stamp on front free endpaper, vol.II & III with light tape marks to endpapers, original cloth, slightly knocked, vol.I with name stamp on extreme lower edge of ff., a little minor edge wear, small marks near lower fore-corner of upper panel of vol.I, otherwise very good copies, 8vo, 1962-65.

est. £200 – £300

Unsold

513. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Book of Lost Tales, 2 vol., first editions , original boards, dust-jackets, without prices, fine copies, 8vo, 1983-84.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #591

Sale Date - November 16, 2006

821. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Tree and Leaf, first edition , original boards, a fine copy, dust-jacket, slightly sunned at spine, but otherwise a fine copy, 8vo, 1964.

est. £120 – £180

Sold for £160

822. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first 1 vol. india paper edition , folding maps, original black buckram decorated in gilt, silver & green, spine slightly sunned, slip-case, rubbed, small abrasion on lower panel, 8vo, 1969.

est. £300 – £400

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #585

Sale Date - October 5, 2006

439. Oxford Poetry 1915, including first appearances in book form of J.R.R. Tolkien (the poem “Goblin Feet”), Dorothy L.Sayers & Aldous Huxley, original wrappers, a little faded, 1915; Oxford Poetry 1926, contributions by Auden, Day-Lewis & James Fergusson, original parchment-backed boards, 1926; Oxford Poetry 1928, contributions by Auden, MacNeice & Spender, 1928, Oxford § Georgian Poetry 1918-1919; and 4 others, including 3 of the Georgian Poetry series, 8vo (7 )

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £220

Bloomsbury Sale #581

Sale Date - September 7, 2006

404. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, third impression, folding map, light browning to edges, ink name and small sticker on front free endpaper, original cloth, dust-jacket, price-clipped, browning and light surface marking, rubbed at top edge, 8vo, 1957.

est. £30 – £50

Unsold

405. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Smith of Wootton Major, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, rubbed at edges, 1967; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight..., original cloth, 1975; The Silmarillion, original boards, 1977, first editions , last 2 dust-jackets ; and 4 others, Tolkien, including a 3 vol. 1956-55 set of The Lord of the Rings, without jackets, 8vo (7 )

est. £120 – £180

Sold for £240

402. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, third impression, colour frontispiece, black & white illustrations, map endpapers, small ink name on front free endpaper, original cloth, slight bumping, but otherwise a fine copy, dust-jacket, tape repairs to inside at spine and corners, closed tear across the spine, loss to spine ends, otherwise intact, 8vo, 1942.

est. £800 – £1200

Unsold

403. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , The Return of the King second state with sagging text on p.49, folding maps, vol.I & II with previous owner’s inscriptions on front free endpapers, each vol. with bookplate, original cloth, dust-jacket, some light surface marking, vol.I with 2cm. closed tear at upper fore-corner of upper panel, all 3 with neat repair to inside foot of spines, no loss, overall an attractive set, scarce in such condition, 8vo, 1954-55.

The bookplates and inscriptions relate to one Stephen Halliday, son of the artist Edward Halliday, including an inscription from his sister, the topographical artist Charlotte Halliday, who also designed the bookplate.

est. £3000 – £5000

Sold for £3400


Bloomsbury Sale #572

Sale Date - June 15, 2006

714. Tolkien (J.R.R.) [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression, 1956; The Two Towers, fourth impression, 1956; The Return of the King, first edition , 1955, folding map to each vol., original cloth, dust-jackets slightly soiled and with a couple of tears to joints, 8vo

est. £400 – £600

Sold for £440

715. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Autograph Letter and note sent to Joy Hill, Tolkien's secretary, to type and send on, replying to a 4pp. letter from Michael Blashka of East Northport, Long Island, writing in the guise of an interpreter to King Ephedolos, who enquires when The Silmarillion will be published and asking what happens to Frodo when he crosses the sea (decorating his letter with runes and a map), 3pp., 8vo, Headington, Oxford, n.d. [ late 1960s], thanking King Ephedalos for his "writing to him and expressing approval of the historical books so far issued", and answering questions, "the professor is unable to name a date for the issue of the Silmarillion... The professor has no clear knowledge of the fate of Frodo or others permitted to 'cross the sea'", and an autograph note initialled ?"JR", " Blashka A 'cracked' letter! No need of course, to reply. Though (I am afraid) this kind of thing amuses me, since I may be considered rather cracked myself (in similar ways). The writer is simpleminded but intelligent; and at any rate has tackled the difficult Angerthas with tolerable success & 'Playing the Game' with readers of this sort (if not too time-wasting) is perhaps worthwhile, if only as a means of keeping interest in the L.R. alive among the less fantasised (or drugged) young folk", 8vo & 4to

est. £3000 – £4000

Unsold

716. Tolkien (J.R.R. & Christopher) The History of Middle-Earth, 12 vol., first editions except for vol.I & IV (reprints), original boards, dust-jackets, a fine set, 8vo, 1984-96.

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £800

Bloomsbury Sale #567

Sale Date - May 11, 2006

257. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, vol.I second impression, rest first impressions, folding maps, bookplates, original cloth, dust-jackets, rubbed at edges of spine, 8vo, 1967-6.

est. £200 – £250

Sold for £160

Bloomsbury Sale #563

Sale Date - April 6, 2006

491. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, vol. 1,2, 4-7 & 9, all but the first two first editions, colour plates, ex-library copies with ink stamps removed, original boards, dust-jackets, creased, 8vo, 1984-92.

est. £200 – £300

Unsold

489. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1 as issued, first one vol. India Paper edition, title, illustrations and 3 maps (2 folding) printed in red & black, some slight creasing, original black buckram with gilt, silver and green design on upper cover, slip-case, 8vo , 1969.

est. £350 – £450

Unsold

490. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Silmarillion, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1977.

est. £30 – £40

Sold for £15

488. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Farmer Giles of Ham, fifth impression, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, 1966; The Lord of the Rings, second edition, second impression, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, fine copies, 1967; and another, Tolkien, 8vo (5)

est. £120 – £180

Sold for £80

487. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition , issue with sagging text and number 4 on p.49, folding map, original cloth, dust-jacket, browned at spine, some spotting, torn with loss to spine ends and part of top edge of upper panel, 8vo, 1955.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £160

Bloomsbury Sale #561

Sale Date - March 16, 2006

382. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first india paper 1 vol. edition , folding maps, original decorative buckram, a fine copy, 8vo, 1969.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £180

380. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, jacket spine slightly sunned otherwise a fine copy, 1954; The Two Towers, second impression, spine slightly dulled, otherwise a fine copy, 1955; The Return of the King, first impression , second state with sagging text on p.49, 4 small spots to top ege of upper panel, jacket spine slightly dulled, otherwise a fine copy, 1955, first editions , maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo .

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1300

381. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition , folding map, original cloth, dust-jacket, spine browned, upper corners and spine chipped wiht slight loss, small closed tear to top edge of upper wrapper, 8vo, 1954.

est. £1800 – £2200

Sold for £1900

379. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, Return of the King second state with sagging text on p.49, folding maps, handsomely bound in uniform dark green morocco, each with different illustration on covers and spines in gilt, gilt lettering to spines, a fine set, preserved in purpose-built slip-case with silk ties, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £3500 – £4500

Unsold

378. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , The Return of the King second state with sagging text on p.49, folding maps, vol.I & II with previous owner’s inscriptions on front free endpapers, each vol. with bookplate, original cloth, dust-jacket, some light surface marking, vol.I with 2cm. closed tear at upper fore-corner of upper panel, all 3 with neat repair to inside foot of spines, no loss, overall an attractive set, scarce in such condition, 8vo, 1954-55.

The bookplates and inscriptions relate to one Stephen Halliday, son of the artist Edward Halliday (see lot 311), including an inscription from his sister, the topographical artist Charlotte Halliday, who also designed the bookplate.

est. £6000 – £8000

Unsold

377. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, third impression, colour frontispiece, black & white illustrations, map endpapers, small ink name on front free endpaper, original cloth, slight bumping, but otherwise a fine copy, dust-jacket, tape repairs to inside at spine and corners, closed tear across the spine, loss to spine ends, otherwise intact, 8vo, 1942.

est. £1000 – £1500

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #557

Sale Date - February 2, 2006

212. Tolkien (J.R.R.) and E.V.Gordon, editors . Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, first edition , frontispiece, neat ownership inscription on front free endpaper, original cloth, gilt, very slightly rubbed and faded at spine, otherwise a very good copy, 8vo, Oxford, 1925.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £100

211. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., reprint, names and addresses tippexed out on front free endpapers, dust-jackets price clipped, 1978; Unfinished Tales, edited by Christopher Tolkien, reprint, 1982, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo (4)

est. £60 – £80

Unsold

210. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Tree and Leaf, 1964; Unfinished Tales, jacket spine sunned, 1980; The Treason of Isengard, 1989, first editions , original cloth or boards ; and 9 others by the same, 8vo (12)

est. £100 – £150

Unsold

209. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, ownership inscription on front free endpaper, dust-jacket, price-clipped, chipped at corners and head of spine, 1962; Smith of Wootton Major, rubbed at edges, 1967, first editions , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards ; and an ex-library copy of Farmer Giles of Ham without jacket, 8vo & 12mo (3)

est. £150 – £200

Unsold

208. Tolkien (J.R.R.) [Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., Fellowship of the Ring second impression, other 2 vol. first editions , folding map at end of each vol., original cloth, a few marks, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £650

207. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, reprint, colour frontispiece, illustrations by the author, 13pp. with tape repairs to inner margins, browned, upper hinge split, original decorated cloth, rubbed, corners bumped, lower joint broken, 8vo, 1942.

est. £80 – £120

Sold for £260

206. Tolkien (J.R.R.) - Onions (C.T.) A Shakespeare Glossary, second edition, revised, label on front pastedown: “From the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien”, original cloth, gilt, 8vo, 1941.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £120


Bloomsbury Sale #548

Sale Date - November 24, 2005

1164. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Silmarillion, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1977.

est. £60 – £80

Unsold

1163. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, some full-page, original pictorial boards, upper corners very slightly bumped otherwise a fine copy, dust-jacket, slightly rubbed at corners and extreme edges, otherwise fine, 8vo, 1962.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £180

1162. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition , issue with sagging text and number 4 on p.49, folding map, original cloth, dust-jacket, browned at spine, some spotting, torn with loss to spine ends and part of top edge of upper panel, 8vo, 1955.

est. £250 – £350

Unsold

1160. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Father Giles of Ham, first edition , colour frontispiece and black & white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, loss to title at head of spine, otherwise a very good copy, 8vo, 1949.

est. £120 – £180

Unsold

1161. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions ; The Fellowship of the Ring, third impression, small abrasion and closed tear to upper panel of jacket, 1955; The Two Towers, second impression, 1955; The Return of the King, first impression , state with sagging text and ‘4’ on p.49, 1955, maps, no inscriptions or other internal marking, original cloth, dust-jackets, with the exception of minor damage to the jacket of vol.I a fine set , 8vo.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1000

1159. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , second impression, illustrations and 4 colour plates by Tolkien, map endpapers, 2pp. advertisements, original decorative cloth, a little dust-soiled but otherwise a very good copy, 8vo, 1937.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £900


Bloomsbury Sale #545

Sale Date - November 10, 2005

446. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Two Towers, 1965; The Return of the King, 1965, 11th impressions, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, a little browned, 8vo (2)

est. £80 – £120

Sold for £45

Bloomsbury Sale #543

Sale Date - October 27, 2005

994. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., 1966; The Hobbit, 1974; The Silmarillion, first edition, 1977 § Carpenter (Humphrey) J.R.R. Tolkien, 1977, plates and illustrations, some colour, original boards, dust-jackets ; and 2 others, Tolkien paperbacks, 8vo (8)

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £75


Bloomsbury Sale #536

Sale Date - September 1, 2005

193. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first India paper edition, original pictorial cloth, slip-case, 1969; The Road Goes Ever On, music by Donald Swann, original boards, dust-jacket with a couple of short tears, 1968; and 8 others, Modern Literature, 8vo (10)

est. £250 – £350

Sold for £340

191. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., vol. I fifth impression, vol. II fourth impression (third impression dust-jacket), vol. III fifth impression, half-titles, original cloth, dust-jackets, edges and spines rubbed and browned, some edges and head and tail of spines chipped, 8vo, 1956-59.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £260

192. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Ring, 3 vol., tenth, eighth and seventh impression respectively, original cloth, second and third vol. dust-jackets, 1961; The Silmarillion, first edition, original cloth, dust-jacket, 1977, 8vo (4)

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £110


Bloomsbury Sale #535

Sale Date - August 4, 2005

336. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , second impression , colour frontispiece and plates, illustrations, contemporary ink signature at head of front free endpaper, endpaper maps, original pictorial cloth, spine slightly faded and frayed at foot, 8vo, 1937.

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £950


Bloomsbury Sale #532

Sale Date - July 7, 2005

345. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition , first issue with sagging text on p.49, folding map, original cloth, dust-jacket, lightly marked, tape repairs to inside of corners, 8vo, 1955.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £260


Bloomsbury Sale #529

Sale Date - June 15, 2005

969. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Farmer Giles of Ham, first edition , signed presentation copy from the author with inscription in gaeilge on verso of front free endpaper, and line illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original orange cloth with blue picture and lettering, dust-jacket, price-clipped, small closed tear at foot of upper wrapper, lower panel a little marked with a small closed tear near foot of spine, but overall a very good copy, 8vo, 1949.

est. £3000 – £4000

Sold for £3000

970. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition, first issue with sloping text to p.49, folding map, some spotting to endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, slight spotting and marking, spine browned, torn at top edge near and at head of spine with loss, torn at foot of spine, 8vo, 1955.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £300

971. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition, first issue with sloping text to p.49, folding map, some spotting to endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, slight spotting and marking, spine browned, torn at spine ends with slight loss, 8vo, 1955.

est. £500 – £600

Unsold

972. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., 10th, 7th & 5th impressions respectively, folding maps, owner’s small name on front free endpapers, original cloth, fine copies, dust-jackets, some light surface marking, little fraying and a few tears to 1st & 3rd vol., 8vo, 1961-60-59.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £200

973. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first deluxe edition , folding maps, original black buckram, spines gilt, t.e.g., a little minor marking but overall a very good set, 8vo, 1963.

est. £750 – £1000

Unsold

974. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, third & second impressions, each with cut signature of the author taped onto title, one signature slightly marked, original wrappers, 8vo, 1975-74.

est. £400 – £600

Sold for £220


Bloomsbury Sale #516

Sale Date - February 24, 2005

431. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , first issue of The Return of the King with sloping text on p.49 , folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, small tear to jacket of The Return of the King near spine, otherwise a fine set , 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £10000 – £15000

Sold for £12800

432. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, third edition, sixth impression, signed by the author on half-title, colour plates by Tolkien, original boards, dust-jacket, 8vo, 1971.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1700

433. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, sixth impressions, each volume signed on the title by the author , folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, jacket of The Fellowship of the Ring worn at edges, 8vo, 1971.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1900

434. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first deluxe edition , colour plates by the author, original black buckram with design in gold, silver and red, 8vo, 1976.

est. £80 – £120

Sold for £55

435. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Pictures by..., first edition , portrait frontispiece, illustrations throughout, original cloth, slip-case, 4to, 1979.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £60

436. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Poems and Stories, first collected edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original black buckram with green & gold tree & leaf design, 8vo, 1980.

est. £50 – £75

Sold for £80

437. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, combined edition, on india paper, folding maps, original buckram with gold, silver & green design, 8vo, 1982.

est. £75 – £100

Unsold

438. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 50th anniversary edition , one of 500 copies, with new foreword by Christopher Tolkien, colour plates by the author, original green rexine, t.e.g., slip-case, 8vo, 1987.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £70

439. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, number 9 of 250 copies signed by the illustrator, colour plates by Alan Lee, contemporary rexine-backed cloth, silver edges, slip-case, large 8vo, 1991.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £190

440. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, combined edition, one of 1000 copies, on india paper, maps, original rexine-backed cloth, g.e., slip-case, 8vo, 1997.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #514

Sale Date - February 3, 2005

252. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Silmarillion, first edition, folding map at end, slight surface wear on front free endpaper, original boards, dust-jacket, 8vo, 1977.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £10


Bloomsbury Sale #510

Sale Date - December 14, 2004

706. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 1946; The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., The Return of the King, first edition , the others reprints, 1955, first with colour frontispiece and illustrations, second with map at end of each vol., original cloth, spine ends faded, dust-jackets very worn and torn, 8vo (4)

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £340

707. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , vol.III first issue with sagging type and ‘4’ on p.49, 3 folding maps, original cloth, a few small and light marks on vol.I covers, dust-jackets, light soiling, tears to corners and spines-ends with some loss, repairs to inside of lower corners, spine-ends, hinges and 1 fore-edge of vol.I jacket, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £2200


Bloomsbury Sale #507

Sale Date - November 25, 2004

488. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, dust jacket slightly worn, 8vo, George Alllen and Unwin , 1962.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £110

489. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , vol.I 13th impression, vol.II & III 10th impressions, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, some minor marking but overall a very good set, 8vo, 1963.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £200


Bloomsbury Sale #504

Sale Date - November 4, 2004

687. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Farmer Giles of Ham, first edition , colour frontispiece and black & white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pale orange cloth lettered in blue on spine and with blue dragon on upper cover, dust-jacket, small tear near lower fore-corner of upper wrapper, 1¾” tear near spine, 8vo, 1949.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £200

688. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954; The Two Towers, 1954, first edition , ex-library copies, lacking maps, some marking, perforation stamp on titles, ink-stamp on verso of titles, library bookplates, contemporary library buckram, 8vo, 1954.

est. £150 – £200

Unsold

689. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition, first issue with sloping text to p.49, folding map, some spotting to endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, 1” tear at top and bottom edge, a few other small tears and chips, lightly marked, 8vo, 1955.

est. £200 – £250

Sold for £360

690. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., mixed impressions, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, slightly rubbed and marked, 8vo, 1959.

est. £250 – £350

Unsold

741. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 1 vol. deluxe edition on india paper, one of 1,000 copies, original morocco-backed cloth, g.e., slip-case, 8vo, 1997.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £160

742. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, one of 600 copies signed by the illustrator Alan Lee, illustrations, including full-page colour, original morocco-backed cloth, g.e., 4to, 1997.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #497

Sale Date - September 16, 2004

323. Hammond (Wayne G.) J.R.R Tolkien, a Descriptive Bibliography, 2002 § Johnson (Merle) A Bibliography of the Works of Mark Twain..., Connecticut , 1974 § Bredsdorff (Elias) Hans Christian Andersen, original cloth, dust-jacket , 1975; and a quantity of others, similar, mostly dust-jacketed , 8vo (sm. qty.)

est. £80 – £120

Sold for £50


Bloomsbury Sale #496

Sale Date - August 19, 2004

513. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., fifth impression of vol.1 and 2, third impression of vol.3, folding maps, one detached, original cloth, dust jackets, soiled with peripheral wear, 8vo, 1956-1957. (3)

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £280


Bloomsbury Sale #494

Sale Date - July 15, 2004

205. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., vol.I eighth impression, vol.II & III sixth impression, folding maps at rear, original cloth, gilt spines, dust-jackets, rubbed, a little soiled, worn at extremities, 8vo, 1959.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £180

204. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions , vol.III first issue with sagging type and ‘4’ on p.49, 3 folding maps, original cloth, a few small and light marks on vol.I covers, dust-jackets, light soiling, tears to corners and spines-ends with some loss, repairs to inside of lower corners, spine-ends, hinges and 1 fore-edge of vol.I jacket, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £4000 – £5000

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #491

Sale Date - June 17, 2004

901. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, 12 vol., plates, original boards, dust-jackets, a very good set, 1991-96, 8vo (12)

est. £1200 – £1800

Unsold

898. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition , illustrations by Pauline Baynes, owner’s inscription on front free endpaper, lightmarking to endpapers, original picotial boards, slightly rubbed at spine-ends and corners, dust-jacket, torn at corners and spine-ends, 8vo, 1962.

est. £120 – £180

Sold for £190

899. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second, revised edition, original cloth, , dust-jackets, extremities very slightly creased, 8vo, 1966. (3)

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £55

900. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1 as issued, inscribed by the author on label mounted on front pastedown, first one vol. India Paper edition, title, illustrations and 3 maps (2 folding) printed in red & black, front pulling, original black buckram with gilt, silver and green design on upper cover, slip-case, rubbed, 8vo , 1969.

Inscription reads “Christmas 1969 E. M. Jebb with best wishes and kind re-memberances from JRRT”

est. £1200 – £1800

Sold for £1200

897. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Return of the King, first edition, first issue with sloping text to p.49, folding map, some spotting to endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, 1” tear at top and bottom edge, a few other small tears and chips, lightly marked, 8vo, 1955.

est. £500 – £700

Unsold

896. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition , frontispiece, 1 plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, a few ff. with some very light marking, original decorative cloth, slightly knocked, minor discolouration to spine-ends and top-edge, dust-jacket, badly torn at both ends of spine with loss, large tear from spine into lower wrapper, corners torn and a few other chips from edges, 8vo, 1937.

est. £3000 – £3500

Sold for £4400

609. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Silmarillion, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, a good copy, 8vo , 1977.

est. £40 – £60

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #487

Sale Date - May 13, 2004

158. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, some light foxing, spine detached , worn , 1954; The Two Towers, rubbed , 1954; The Return of the King, rubbed , 1955, second impressions, maps at rear of each vol, original cloth, 8vo (3)

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £200


Bloomsbury Sale #486

Sale Date - April 29, 2004

740. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., fifth impression of vol.1 and 2, third impression of vol.3, folding maps, original cloth, dust jackets, spines soiled, in original slipcase, 8vo, George Allen and Unwin Ltd. , 1956-1957.

This copy has duplicate folding maps loosely inserted in vol. 1 and 3, each signed by the author.

est. £750 – £1000

Sold for £1600


Bloomsbury Sale #483

Sale Date - March 18, 2004

689. Tolkien, J.R.R. The History of Middle-Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, 12 vol., first editions, plates, original boards, dust-jackets, a very good set, 1983-96; Pictures by J.R.R.Tolkien, notes by Christopher Tolkien, full-page illustrations, original cloth, slip-case, 1979, 8vo & 4to (13)

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1400

685. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, 1955, first editions, 2 folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, browned and torn at spines, rubbed and soiled, 8vo (2)

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £1100

686. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, 1955, first editions, maps, water-staining to endpapers of first named, original cloth, rubbed, unevenly faded, spines rubbed, 8vo

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £440

687. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1, first deluxe edition on india paper, 3 folding maps, owner's inscription on verso of front free endpaper, original black buckram decorated in gold & silver, small light marks on covers, slip-case, 8vo, 1969.

est. £550 – £650

Sold for £500

688. Tolkien, J.R.R. Poems and Stories, first deluxe edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, 1980; The Lord of the Rings, later deluxe edition, printed on india paper, 1982, original pictorial black buckram, in original publisher's box; and 4 others, including the Folio Society edition of Lord of the Rings, 8vo (6)

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £190

682. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, second impression, plates, some colour, ownership inscription on front endpaper, original decorated cloth, a little soiled, worn at extremities, tail of spine a little frayed, slightly cocked, 8vo, 1937.

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £1900

683. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, second impression, illustrations and 4 colour plates by Tolkien, 2pp. advertisements, mostly light marking affecting many margins, some pages separating slightly at hinges, library sticker marks on front endpapers, contemporary library boards, worn at spine, 8vo, 1937.

est. £500 – £700

Sold for £650

684. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, folding maps, previous owner's name on front free endpapers, original cloth, spines uniformly faded, some slight marking and bumping, 8vo, 1954-5.

est. £1800 – £2200

Sold for £1700

681. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, plates, end-paper maps, remains of library sticker on verso of free end-paper, original decorated cloth, shaken and rubbed, 8vo, 1937.

est. £2000 – £3000

Sold for £2800

680. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, frontispiece, 1 plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, a few ff. with some very light marking, original decorative cloth, slightly knocked, minor discolouration to spine-ends and top-edge, dust-jacket, badly torn at both ends of spine with loss, large tear from spine into lower wrapper, corners torn and a few other chips from edges, 8vo, 1937.

est. £7000 – £9000

Unsold

679. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Thucydides. Book VI, signed twice on the front free endpaper by Tolkien, once in brown ink and once in green ink, the second with "May 1911 K.E.S." written underneath, with English & Greek pencil and ink marginalia in a contemporary hand, folding map, advertisements, original cloth, spine dulled, upper cover marked, 8vo, 1905.

Tolkien would have been nineteen when he made the dated inscription, K.E.S. presumably standing for King Edward's School, in Birmingham, which he attended. The development of Tolkien's famous signature can be seen in these early examples.

est. £800 – £1000

Sold for £1700


Bloomsbury Sale #480

Sale Date - February 5, 2004

297. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, spine slightly faded, remains of dust-jacket, lacking rear cover and most of spine, 1954; The Two Towers, first edition, extremities slightly rubbed, dust-jacket chipped at extremities, rubbed, tanned, 1954; The Return of the King, first edition, dust-jacket chipped at extremities, rubbed, spine ends chipped, 1955, map at rear of each vol., ownership stamp on front endpapers, original cloth, spine ends slightly faded, covers of first named slightly warped, dust-jackets as described, 8vo (3)

est. £800 – £1200

Sold for £1400


Bloomsbury Sale #474

Sale Date - November 6, 2003

877. Tolkien (J.R.R.), E.V.Gordon and others. Songs for the Philologists, first and only edition, original printed wrappers, very slightly discoloured at edges, small 4to, Privately Printed in the Department of English at University College, London, 1936.

A remarkably scarce early Tolkien item. This work contains 29 songs by Tolkien and his colleagues during his last few years at Leeds University, written in Middle English, Old Icelandic, Modern Icelandic, Gothic, Latin and other languages, printed in both Roman & Anglo-Saxon types. Few copies were printed, and most were destroyed in a fire at the college where they were stored, along with the press, leaving possibly 13 copies only in existence. With the book comes a typed letter from Dr.Cyril Jackson, who studied at Leeds University just after Tolkien left. The letter describes "...boozy evenings in the Senior Staff Common Room, where...we sang those songs to nursery rhyme tunes". He also refers to visits by Tolkien "when we naturally had a 'party'. After an unreasonable amount of ale [Tolkien's] declamation of bits of Beowulf and the Battle of Maldon was magnificent."

est. £3000 – £5000

Sold for £3000

878. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first edition, folding maps at rear of each vol., bookplate on verso of front cover, original cloth, faint stain to front cover of vol.II, dust-jackets, tanned at edges, a little soiled, tears to edges, spine ends chipped, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £4000 – £6000

Sold for £4000

879. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second, revised edition, ink inscriptions to front pastedowns, original cloth, some covers very lightly marked, dust-jackets, extremities very slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1966.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £220

880. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King, second edition, original cloth, dust-jacket a little tanned, rubbed at edges and extremities, spine ends chipped, 1966 § Adams (Richard) The Girl in a Swing, 1980 § Benchley (Peter) Jaws, ownership inscription on front endpaper, original cloth, slightly faded, dust-jacket, rubbed, worn at extremities, spine ends creased, New York, 1974, first editions; and 6 others, Modern First Editions, 8vo (9)

est. £150 – £200

Unsold

983. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, second impression, plates, some colour, endpaper maps, original pictorial cloth, covers soiled, extremities worn, knocked, 8vo, 1937.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1300

984. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, 6mm. tear to top edge of upper wrapper, slightly chipped at head of spine, otherwise a very good copy, 8vo, 1962.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £150


Bloomsbury Sale #468

Sale Date - August 14, 2003

210. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., in one, as issued, India paper edition, original pictorial cloth, slip-case, rubbed, 1969; The Silmarillion, first edition, original cloth, dust-jacket, 1977; and 12 others, J.R.R. Tolkien, 8vo (14)

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £300


Bloomsbury Sale #465

Sale Date - July 10, 2003

543. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, first edition, frontispiece and full-page illustrations by the author, map endpapers, occasional minor marking and corner creases, a few small marks on maps, small bookseller's stamp at foot of front pastedown, original pictorial cloth, lightly soiled, slightly knocked, cloth frayed at foot of spine, 8vo, 1937.

est. £4000 – £5000

Unsold

544. Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, folding map at end of each vol., original cloth, dust-jacket of vol.I laminated, other dust-jackets very slightly rubbed and soiled, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £3000 – £4000

Sold for £3300


Bloomsbury Sale #463

Sale Date - June 12, 2003

847. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, first edition, endpaper maps, original cloth, spine ends rubbed, 8vo, 1937.

est. £4000 – £6000

Sold for £4000

848. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, folding map at end of each vol., original cloth, covers of The Return of the King a little marked, dust-jackets slightly rubbed and soiled, The Return of the King with 1" tear to top of upper cover, The Two Towers with ½" tear to bottom of upper cover, generally a very good set, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £6000 – £8000

Sold for £6500

849. Tolkien, J.R.R. [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., first editions, folding map lacking from The Two Towers, last leaf of The Return of the King slightly creased, original cloth, a little soiled, spine ends rubbed, one nicked, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £2200

850. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, small owner's name on front free endpaper, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, slightly rubbed at upper fore-edge, slightly chipped & creased at top edge and spine-ends, 8vo, 1962.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £200


Bloomsbury Sale #455

Sale Date - March 13, 2003

646. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, folding maps, original cloth, rubbed and soiled, dust-jackets worn and extensively repaired with tape, spine panel replaced on dust-jacket of vol.1, 8vo, 1954-55.

A fine association copy. Richard Adams' copy, with his signature dated to the year of publication on front free endpaper of each vol.; with his bookplate depicting two rabbits and the quotation "..running easily down through the wood.."; and with 6pp. recent autograph notes, comments etc. about Tolkien, the characters in Lord of the Rings, similarities with other literary characters etc. The appearance of one major 20th century literary figure's own copy of another major literary figure's classic work is of considerable importance. Adams' magnum opus Watership Down achieved phenomenal success, much as the Harry Potter books have done over the last few years, although that success was almost all due to the book itself and was not helped by any great cinematic box-office achievements or merchandising spin-offs.

est. £5000 – £7000

Unsold

647. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, one letter of half title removed, endpapers tanned, spine slightly faded, remains of dust-jacket loosely inserted, 1954; The Two Towers, ink inscription on verso of front cover, slight spotting to endpapers, dust-jacket , rubbed, torn at folds of flaps, repaired on verso, rear wrapper cover detached, 1954; The Return of the King, front flap of dust-jacket detached, 3 inch tear to spine, chipped at extremities, rubbed, 1955, first editions, folding maps, bookplate on verso of front covers, original cloth, extremities rubbed, dust-jackets as described; The Silmarillion, first edition, original cloth, dust-jacket, 1977, 8vo (4)

est. £2000 – £3000

Sold for £1500

648. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., vol.1 fourth impression, vol.2 second impression, vol.3 first edition, folding maps, original cloth, spines a little rubbed, 8vo, 1955.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £240

649. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., later impressions, each vol. signed by the author on title, 3 folding maps, full green morocco with black morocco onlay and gilt-stamped decoration to upper covers representing the eye of Sauron (as on the original dust-jackets), blind and gilt-stamped lettering, that on upper covers repeating that at the head of each title, 8vo, 1960-61.

The bindings were executed under the supervision of Peter Waters in about 1963. He was at that time head of the Bookbinding Department at the Royal College of Art, and later went to Washington as conservator at the Library of Congress.

est. £2000 – £3000

Sold for £3200

650. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, second edition, maps, original cloth, spotted, dust-jackets, a little rubbed, edges and extremities slightly worn, 8vo, 1966.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £170

651. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, second and third impressions, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, rubbed and chipped, some scratches and marks, 8vo, 1967-68.

est. £50 – £80

Sold for £10


Bloomsbury Sale #445

Sale Date - November 14, 2002

384. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again, first edition, a few small spots to title and following 2ff., pencil ownership inscription to front free endpaper, original cloth, a couple of small spots to upper cover, spine slightly faded, 8vo, 1937.

est. £6000 – £8000

Sold for £6000

385. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, de luxe edition, second impression, colour plates by the author, original black buckram, with gilt, silver and red design on upper cover, spine gilt, a fine copy, in original publisher's box, slightly rubbed, 1979; and another, Tolkien deluxe edition, 8vo (2)

est. £120 – £180

Unsold

386. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, upper corners bruised, dust-jacket rubbed at extremities, spine ends slightly chipped, edges a little soiled, 1954; The Two Towers, first edition, front cover slightly scored, dust-jacket chipped at extremities, rubbed 1954; The Return of the King, first edition, dust-jacket chipped at extremities, rubbed, head of spine creased,1955, original cloth, dust-jackets as described, a fine set, 8vo

est. £4000 – £6000

Sold for £3000

387. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., vol.I second impression, vol.II & III first editions, very light foxing to endpapers and margins of pp.349-352 of vol.II, original cloth, lower half of spine of vol.I slightly faded, dust-jackets, spines tanned, vol.I & III lacking lower third of spine, vol.II with some loss of spine, slightly rubbed, lightly foxed, some tears, particularly to endflap of vol.3, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1800 – £2200

Sold for £1800

388. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., seventh, fifth & third impressions respectively, The Fellowship of the Ring signed by the author on title, folding maps, first of which splitting at fold, second with small tear (not affecting map), original cloth, slight rubbing and marking, vol.I lightly damp-stained to spine and lower board, 8vo, 1957.

est. £800 – £1000

Sold for £850

389. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1 as issued, first one vol. India Paper edition, title, illustrations and 3 maps (2 folding) printed in red & black, 1f. becoming detached, leaf supporting first folding map torn, another f. torn at fore-edge, original black buckram with gilt, silver and green design on upper cover, slip-case, slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1969.

est. £250 – £350

Sold for £360

390. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, fourth impression, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, rubbed at edges with some fraying to corners, 1969; and 8 others, Tolkien, comprising 2 other mixed sets of Lord of the Rings and 2 copies of The Fellowship of the Ring, Revised Edition all but 1 in dust-jacket, 8vo (11)

est. £220 – £280

Sold for £180

391. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second revised edition, fourth impression, ink ownership inscriptions to front free endpapers, original cloth, gilt prize stamps on upper covers, dust-jackets, slightly rubbed, lightly soiled, 8vo, 1969.

est. £80 – £120

Unsold

392. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second edition, second and third impressions, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, rubbed and chipped, some scratches and marks, 8vo, 1967-68.

est. £75 – £100

Unsold

393. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition, fourth impression, ink signature to front free endpaper, very slightly knocked, original cloth, gilt spine, lower corners a little bumped, small smudge mark to lower cover, dust-jacket, slightly rubbed, some very small chips with tape repairs to inside of jacket, spine very slightly darkened, 1955; and another, Modern First Edition, 8vo (2)

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £140

394. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers, first edition, second impression, ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper, endpapers lightly browned, original cloth, knocked, in third impression dust-jacket, slightly rubbed, lightly browned and soiled, 8vo, 1955.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £220


Bloomsbury Sale #441

Sale Date - October 17, 2002

72. Owen (Dora, editor) The Book of Fairy Poetry, first edition, 16 mounted colour plates by Warwick Goble, with tissue guards, original decorated cloth, dust-jacket with colour plate mounted on upper cover, slightly rubbed, tear to fore edge, lower edge chipped, 8vo, 1920.

Includes J.R.R. Tolkien's "Goblin Feet", his first appearance in print.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £200


Bloomsbury Sale #439

Sale Date - September 6, 2002

321. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, de luxe edition, second impression, colour plates by the author, original black buckram, with gilt, silver and red design on upper cover, spine gilt, a fine copy, in original publisher's box, slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1979.

est. £200 – £250

Unsold

322. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1 as issued, de luxe india paper edition, seventh impression, title, illustrations and 3 maps (2 folding) printed in red & black, original black buckram with gilt, silver and green design on upper cover, a fine copy, in publisher's box, slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1979.

est. £100 – £150

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #432

Sale Date - May 27, 2002

463. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, all first editions, ink inscription on front endpaper of first and second mentioned, original cloth, slightly rubbed, spine ends creased, dust-jackets, soiled, extremities chipped, tears to spines and edges, 8vo, 1954-55

est. £6000 – £8000

Sold for £5000

464. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first edition, folding map at rear of each volume, bookplate on verso of front cover, original cloth, rubbed, slightly stained, spines faded, extremiites slightly frayed, spine ends creased, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £2500 – £3500

Sold for £2800

465. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition, fourth impression, ink signature to front free endpaper, very slightly knocked, original cloth, gilt spine, lower corners a little bumped, small smudge mark to lower cover, dust-jacket, slightly rubbed, some very small chips with tape repairs to inside of jacket, spine very slightly darkened, 8vo, 1955.

est. £250 – £350

Unsold

466. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition, second impression, neat initials on lower edge of front cover, original cloth, gilt spine, dust-jacket very slightly tanned, a fine copy, 8vo, 1954.

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £140

467. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring, first edition, second impression, ownership inscription on front endpaper, original cloth, gilt spine, upper corners bruised, dust-jacket, rubbed, spine tanned, head of spine slightly chipped, otherwise a fine copy, 8vo, 1954.

est. £180 – £250

Sold for £300

468. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers, first edition, second impression, light browning to endpapers, original cloth, gilt spine, dust-jacket, slightly rubbed, a few very small chips with tape repairs to inside of jacket, a little very light dust-soiling, 8vo, 1955.

est. £250 – £350

Sold for £180

469. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second, revised edition, ownership inscription on front endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, extremities very slightly rubbed, a fine set, 8vo, 1966.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £240

470. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1, first one-volume India paper edition, signed by the author, 3 maps, 2 of which folding, illustrations, original decorated cloth, gilt, spine slightly faded, in slip-case, a fine copy, 8vo, 1969.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £1300

471. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second revised edition, second and third vol. with ink inscriptions to front free endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, slightly rubbed and chipped, 8vo, 1970-71.

est. £200 – £250

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #424

Sale Date - February 5, 2002

125. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, signed by the author on half-title, colour plates and text illustrations by the author, original boards, spine slightly faded, dust-jacket, 8vo, 1968.

est. £3000 – £3500

Sold for £2600

126. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, first editions, folding map at end of each vol., original cloth, dust-jackets slightly sunned to spines and with a couple of short tears or nicks, 8vo, 1954-55.

A very good set of Tolkien's classic work, which has recently achieved even greater popularity as one of the most successful films ever produced.

est. £15000 – £20000

Sold for £12000

127. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, second impression of The Two Towers, folding map at end of each vol., ownership inscription on front free endpapers, original cloth, spines faded, 2 covers stained, knocked, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £1700

128. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1, first one-volume paperback edition, signed by the author on title, original pictorial wrappers, laminated, 8vo, 1968.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £1800

129. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in 1 as issued, first one vol. India Paper edition, title, illustrations and 3 maps (2 folding) printed in red & black, 1f. becoming detached, leaf supporting first folding map torn, another f. torn at fore-edge, original black buckram with gilt, silver and green design on upper cover, slip-case, slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1969.

est. £400 – £500

Unsold

130. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King [Lord of the Rings vol.III], first edition, folding map at end, original cloth, very slight bowing, 8vo, 1955.

est. £300 – £400

Sold for £300


Bloomsbury Sale #422

Sale Date - February 21, 2002

224. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Silmarillion, first edition, original boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, 1977.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £80


Bloomsbury Sale #421

Sale Date - December 21, 2001

189. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second (revised) edition, third and fourth printings, original cloth, dust-jackets, one with short tear, preserved in slip-case, Boston, 1965; and a later edition of The Hobbit, 8vo (4)

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £600

426a. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, first edition, endpaper maps bound in at end (with ink markings and name), modern full green morocco, gilt, g.e., 8vo, 1937.

est. £2000 – £2500

Sold for £6000

427. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, first editions, maps at rear of each volume, ownership inscription on front endpapers, original cloth, rubbed, corners bruised, spine faded, head and tail rubbed, a little frayed, edge of spine of vol.I frayed, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1500 – £2000

Sold for £6000


Bloomsbury Sale #419

Sale Date - December 13, 2001

242. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second, revised edition, ownership inscription on front endpapers, original cloth, dust-jackets, extremities rubbed, head of spine chipped, creased, 8vo, 1966.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £220


Bloomsbury Sale #414

Sale Date - October 19, 2001

443. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, first edition, frontispiece, 2 endpaper maps bound in at end, modern morocco-backed boards, spine gilt, 8vo, 1937.

est. £1200 – £1600

Sold for £2200

444. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., vol.I fourth impression, vol.II & III second impressions, owner's inscription on front free endpapers of vol.I & II, original cloth, dust-jacket, very slightly rubbed at edges, spines slightly darkened, small scratch to upper wrapper of vol.II, 8vo, 1955.

est. £350 – £450

Sold for £600

445. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., revised edition, ownership inscription on front endpaper, original cloth, dust-jackets, edges and extremities slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1967.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £220

446. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, 1955, first editions, folding maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, backstrips browned, extremities chipped, 8vo (2)

est. £500 – £700

Sold for £1800


Bloomsbury Sale #400

Sale Date - May 21, 2001

242. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tree and Leaf, first edition, original boards, slightly warped, dust-jacket rubbed, small tears to edges, 8vo, 1964.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £110

243. Tolkien, J.R.R. [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., illustrations, original boards, slip-case, Folio Society, 1977; and another, Folio Society, large 8vo (5)

est. £70 – £90

Sold for £240


Bloomsbury Sale #382

Sale Date - October 4, 2000

326. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first editions, folding maps at end of each vol., vol. I ink signature on front free endpaper, original cloth, dust-jackets, some slight soiling, a fine copy, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £6000 – £8000

Sold for £16000

327. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Bilbo le Hobbit ou Histoire d'un aller et retour, translated by Francis Ledoux, first French edition, original cloth, dust-jacket, spine a little faded, 8vo, 1969.

est. £60 – £80

Sold for £15


Bloomsbury Sale #378

Sale Date - August 21, 2000

440. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Beowulf. The Monsters and the Critics. Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture British Academy, two small ink stamps on title, original printed wrappers, small splash mark on lower cover, 8vo, 1936.

est. £50 – £75

Unsold


Bloomsbury Sale #376

Sale Date - July 18, 2000

243. Tolkien (J.R.R.) Farmer Giles of Ham, first edition, plates and illustrations, original cloth, bright, dust-jacket clean, 8vo, 1949.

est. £60 – £100

Sold for £120


Bloomsbury Sale #360

Sale Date - November 1, 1999

209. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, first edition, plates, bookplate on verso of front free pictorial endpaper, original cloth, dust-jacket with a few short tears repaired to verso but generally in very good condition, 8vo, 1937.

With the ink correction to Dodg[e]son on lower blurb of dust-jacket.

est. £6000 – £8000

Sold for £13000


Bloomsbury Sale #352

Sale Date - June 14, 1999

387. Tolkien (J.R.R.) and E.V. Gordon, editors. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, first edition, frontispiece, some pencil annotations, occasional light foxing, original cloth, spine very slightly faded, 8vo, Oxford, 1925.

est. £100 – £150

Sold for £75

388. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tree and Leaf, first edition, Boots Library sticker on upper cover, label removed from lower pastedown, original boards, dust-jacket very slightly spotted, 8vo, 1964.

est. £40 – £60

Sold for £45


Bloomsbury Sale #351

Sale Date - May 24, 1999

541. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King, first edition, folding map, original cloth, later impression dust-jacket, 8vo, 1955.

est. £50 – £75

Sold for £110


Bloomsbury Sale #350

Sale Date - April 29, 1999

518. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit or There and Back Again, first edition, signed by the author, original cloth, dust-jacket, "laminated" transparent cover stuck down on dust-jacket, lacks upper inside flap, laminated cover stuck down on front endpaper, 8vo, 1937.

"Inscription reads "J.R.R. Tolkien. at 10 Adams Road [Cambridge] Oct 28: 1972." Inscribed while staying with Jack Bennett, a friend and former colleague from Oxford. J.A.W. "Jack" Bennett (1911-81) succeeded C.S. Lewis as Professor of Medieval & Renaissance English at Cambridge.

est. £2000 – £3000

Sold for £12000

519. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again, first edition, illustrations, pencil signature on half-title, soiled, lower hinge weak, original cloth, rather worn, 1937; The Two Towers, first edition, original cloth, slightly rubbed, 1954; and a quantity of others by or relating to Tolkien, mostly concerning Middle Earth including a second edition of The Hobbit in Japanese and others in foreign languages, records, calendars and other ephemera, v.s. (C.200)

est. £300 – £500

Sold for £2800

520. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, first editions, vol. I & II ink signatures on front free endpapers, bookplates on front pastedowns, original cloth, dust-jackets, vol. I torn with loss of spine, slightly soiled, edges a little worn and chipped, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1400


Bloomsbury Sale #346

Sale Date - March 5, 1999

434. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King, first edition, folding map at rear, numerous signatures on endpapers, original cloth, dust-jacket, ink-stained on lower cover, 1955; and another, 8vo (2)

est. £40 – £60

Sold for £85


Bloomsbury Sale #341

Sale Date - December 22, 1998

274. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition, plates and illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, torn at head and tail, 1962; and 5 others Tolkien, 8vo (6)

est. £40 – £60

Sold for £65


Bloomsbury Sale #335

Sale Date - September 24, 1998

415. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954; The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, 1955, first editions, newspaper clippings pasted to endpapers, original cloth, stained, dust-jackets, heavily soiled and crudely repaired; and 14 others Tolkein & T.H. White, v.s. (17)

est. £200 – £300

Sold for £620

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