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Thornton's Tolkienalia 2014 (plus related Inklings material) catalog update available

December 3, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 8120)

This just in from Thornton's Bookshop - use their contact info at the bottom if you are interested in anything!

[F0240-4] AUDEN, W.H.,. Good and evil in the Lord of the Rings..
.., Oxford, 1993, 16pp., including the stiff front cover, issued
originally as free insert for the 1992 catalogue Tolkien and
Friends number 4, issued on the occasion of the centenary
celebrations at Keble college, Oxford. this is one of the 26
copies marked A - Z for friends of the publisher, never made
available in the trade. Printed on single sides, A-4 with
bound-in front cover in 3 colours (initials W and A) on fine
conqueror paper, bound in paper covered boards and a leather
spine with the embossed letter G on front board. This edition
also has a colophon which did not appear in the regular edition.
The letter G also appears handwritten below this colophon. Actual
year of publication was 1992. [ Tolkien inklings Oxford ] £45.00

[F0240-3] AUDEN, W.H.,. Good and evil in the Lord of the Rings..
.., Oxford, 1993, 16pp., including the stiff front cover, issued
originally as free insert for the 1992 catalogue Tolkien and
Friends number 4, issued on the occasion of the centenary
celebrations at Keble college, Oxford. there were 26 copies
marked A - Z for friends of the publisher, never made available
in the trade. Printed on single sides, A-4 with front cover in 3
colours (initials W and A) on conqueror paper, This edition has a
colophon which did not appear in the regular edition. . Actual
year of publication was 1992. this copy in loose sheets is
stamped below the colophon: Uncorrected proof copy followed by
the title. [ Tolkien inklings Oxford ] £18.00

[F2800] Brugmann, Karl,. Kurze vergleichende Grammatik der
indogermanischen Sprachen. Auf Grund des fünfbändigen '
Grundrisses der vergleichenden Grammatik der indogermanischen
Sprachen von K. Brugmann und B. Delbrück ' verfasst. Strassburg:
Karl J. Trübner, 1904, XVIII, 777pp., + 48pp. Publisher's
catalogue. half calf binding marbled paper covered boards,
leather corners. Gilt titling on spine which has 4 raised bands.
Black end papers. Spine somewhat rubbed , text sl. yellowing.
signed J R R Tolkien on flyleaf along with the signatures of
other previous and later owners £750.00

[F2799] Collitz, Hermann,. Das schwache Präteritum und seine
Vorgeschichte.. Das schwache Präteritum und seine Vorgeschichte.
(Hesperia, Schriften zur germanischen Philologie Nr. 1 )
Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 1912, XVI, 256pp., in
original discoloured cloth binding, text sl. yellowed. Tolkien's
signature J R R Tolkien is written in pencil on the dark green
coloured first end paper and the name Tolkien is repeated in
orange below that. £650.00

[F0508] Emmons , Robert. The Life and Opinions of Walter Richard
Sickert. Faber and Faber 1942, 2nd impression of the 1st edition
published in the same year. profusely illustrated with drawings
and plates, photographs. XII,327pp., grubby/worn hardback, no d/j
text, untrimmed, is fine. with a handwritten dedication signed
Hopjolly = Charles Williams to his landlady Anne, dated Christmas
1943 on the f.e.p. ? Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) was one
of England's greatest impressionist painters. His cityscapes and
music hall scenes were frequently based, compositionally, on
Degas's paintings. [ DR 3 ] £45.00

[F1048] Hadow, W.H.. Essays and Studies By Members of the English
Association Volume XVII. Oxford at the Clarendon press, 1932, 105
[10] pp., contains a.o. C.S. LEWIS: What Chaucer Really Did to Il
Filostrato. pp. Andre Maurois: Proust et Ruskin a.o. 56-75.?
Lewis' article, an analysis of Boccaccio's work of that name as a
source for Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, became for decades the
most cited study of Chaucer's great poem, not only because of the
insightful analyses of specific passages it offered but more
importantly because of the powerful theory that drove it. Lewis
contended that Boccaccio's version of the story was a product of
the emerging Italian Renaissance, while Chaucer systematically
re-medievalized it, emphasizing a medieval interest in didactic
rhetoric and Courtly Love.[DL 2/1] £19.95

[012832-1] HAMMOND, W.G.,. J.R.R.Tolkien: A Descriptive
Bibliography.. With the assistance of D.A.Anderson. 434 pp. Bound
in blue silver cloth. this is the latest reprint, not the first
issue. £95.00

[F0684-1] Hammond, Wayne G., (ed. And designer). Tolkien
Centenary Conference Keble College, Oxford 17 - 24 August 1992.
A-3 POSTER. The Centenary Conference Souvenir poster with cover
art by Patrick Wynne The Tolkien Centenary Conference was held at
Keble College, Oxford, from August 17th - 24th, 1992, to
celebrate the centenary of the birth of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien.
The conference was run by the Tolkien Society and the American
Mythopoeic Society, and incorporated the annual conferences
(Oxonmoot 1992 and Mythcon XXIII) held in that year. A-3 size
£15.00

[000092] Kaluta, Michael. JRR Tolkien Calendar 1994. Folio,
ring-bound calendar, colour illustrations, v good condition in
the original cardboard slipcase, unused. £14.95

[020330] LEWIS, C.S.,. That Hideous Strength. A modern fairy-tale
for grown-ups .. .., John Lane, 1945, first edition. In new black
cloth binding and with a new title label on the spine. no jacket.
First edition, text ,war time quality, sl. darkened.[WB4] £16.00

[F0061] Nasmith, Ted. Tolkien Diary 2003. .., Harper Collins,
2002, The annual Tolkien diary, containing all-new artwork
depicting scenes based on the second book of JRR Tolkien "The
Lord of the Rings". a perfect copy without d/j as issued £18.00

[F1158] Rorabeck, Robert,. TOLKIEN?S HEROIC QUEST. A new critical
study of J.R.R. Tolkien, concentrating on some of his lesser
known works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The
Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm?s Son and The Battle of
Maldon, as well as well-known works such as The Silmarillion and
Tolkien?s Middle-earth legends. £14.95

[F1695] Royal Mail First Day Cover - Magical Worlds.. Stamped
Oxford Post Office 21 July 1998. Stamp Details: 20p The Hobbit;
26p The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; 37p The Phoenix and the
Carpet; 43p The Borrowers; 63p Through the Looking Glass. mint
set as issued by the Royal Mail, unused in glassine sleeve.[ C.S.
Lewis Tolkien Lewis Carroll ] £15.00

[F1694] Royal Mail First Day Cover - Magical Worlds.. Stamped
Oxford Post Office 21 July 1998. Stamp Details: 20p The Hobbit;
26p The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; 37p The Phoenix and the
Carpet; 43p The Borrowers; 63p Through the Looking Glass.
Addressed by hand to the Literature department of Thornton's
Bookshop in Oxford [ C.S. Lewis Tolkien Lewis Carroll ] £15.00

[F0728] Schuchart, Max. Tolkien In De ban Van Zijn Werk. an
introductory booklet to Tolkien's works in Dutch published by Het
Spectrum £7.95

[F0727] TOLKIEN. HarperCollins Complete Tolkien Stock Catalogue
1997-1998. 36 pages, featuring many of the listed titles's front
covers, in coloured self wrappers, stapled £7.95

[093081-10] TOLKIEN J R R. The Devil's Coach-Horses.. Jersey,
Edward Brothers, 1925. [pirated edition 1980's ?) the typography
gives this facsimile edition away since the typeface used
Monotype Bembo is a typeface only cut in 1929. 6pp.,
Hammond/Anderson page 346: C19: re-set from Review of English
studies, 1, no. 3 (July 1925) in blue paper covered boards, with
an embossed coloured design , c. 3 cm wide, on front board., very
fine copy. £29.95

[F1662] TOLKIEN J R R. Tolkien Diary 2000. HarperCollins, 1999,
illustrated by Ted Nasmith in full colours also on the front
board. . boards. Immaculate copy [ x 2 DL ] £19.95

[F0854] TOLKIEN J R R. The Silmarillion. Ed. by Christopher
Tolkien. Allen & Unwin, 1977, 366pp., no jacket, edges of text
soiled, binding faded. £4.95

[F0174] TOLKIEN J R R. The Hobbit or there and back again. ..,
Allen & Unwin, 1976, the De Luxe edition with colour illustration
by Tolkien (with colour added by H.E. Riddett ) see Hammond &
Anderson A3o (page 51) Black cloth over boards, with Smaug design
stamped in red, silver and gold to front board in gilt, silver ,
and red. In the original black paper box with label to the front
. Maps in red and black to both endpapers and 13 colour plates.
Published on 2 September 1976, number of copies unknown. A very
fine copy, only the label on the front of the box is a bit dusty/
soiled. the original sl. frayed tissue wrapper still present and
complete. £225.00

[F2837-10] TOLKIEN J R R. The Devil's Coach-Horses.. Jersey,
Edward Brothers, 1925. [pirated edition 1980's ?) the typography
gives this facsimile edition away since the typeface used
Monotype Bembo is a typeface only cut in 1929. 6pp., Hammond /
Anderson page 346: C19: re-set from Review of English studies, 1,
no. 3 (July 1925) £3.50

[F1698] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Royal Mail First Day cover - Tolkien
The Centenary - 1992 - 8 Stamps In Panel. This first day cover,
sent from the Oxford post office to the JRR Tolkien department of
thornton's Bookshop, then in Broad street, has the Oxford post
office date stamp 27 October 1992. £25.00

[F2615] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. 7 Tolkien Calenders, 6 of Which in
original; shrink Wraps. Tolkien Calendar 1999. Illustrated by
Alan Lee. ISBN: 0-261-10352-0 / Tolkien Calendar 2000.
Illustrated by Ted Nasmith ISBN: 0-261-10384-9 / Tolkien Calendar
2001. The Lord of the Rings. Illustrated by John Howe ISBN:
0-261-10379-2 / Tolkien Calendar 2002. Illustrated by Ted Nasmith
ISBN: 0-00-711189-4 (no wrap) / Tolkien Calendar 2003,
illustrated by Ted Nasmith 0-00-711190-8 includes poster / The
Hobbit Calendar 2006 With Tolkien's own illustrations.
0-00-720813-8 / the Lord of the Rings Calendar 2007 Illustrated
by Alan Lee.0-00-722563-6 / Immaculate copies all in the original
shrink wraps with the exception of the 2002 calendar, all
published by HarperCollins £450.00

[F1622] Tolkien, J R R. Mr. Bliss.. ISBN: 0048232157. George
Allen & Unwin, 1982, landscape format hardback with dust jacket
,illustrated by the Professor for his own children when they were
very young and published after his death. Each page has Tolkien's
original manuscript (text and coloured illustrations) reproduced
in facsimile (with facing printed text). a fine copy in fine
jacket [DL] £25.00

[F1623] Tolkien, J R R. The Lord of the Rings Diary 2007.
Illustrated By Alan Lee.. ISBN: 0007225644. Harper Collins,
2006,A immaculate unmarked copy, glossy hardback ? ** The 2007
diary features 13 paintings and illustrations by Alan Lee and is
more sumptuous than ever. It is not only illustrated by the
acclaimed artist, it has been designed by him, with the same care
and attention to detail that has seen his work embraced by the
Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson and discerning fans around the
world. To accompany each watercolor, every month features
complementary line drawings selected by Lee from his Lord of the
Rings Sketchbook; there are also brand new sketches produced
exclusively for this diary, which are further enhanced with
commentary by the artist. Alan Lee has depicted famous scenes
that include Gollum and Bilbo, Rivendell and Smaug the Dragon,
but these new pencil drawings will take the reader deeper into
the enchanting world of Middle-earth than ever before. [DL]
£25.00

[F0176] TOLKIEN, J.J.R.,. The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit. The
Silmarillion 5 Volumes.. 2002 (2001 ?) /2004. One of the Folio
Society's hand numbered limited edition of 1750 copies.
Quarter-bound in Moroccan goatskin leather, with sides of
hand-woven pure Indian silk. Illustrations drawn by Eric Fraser
from original designs by Ingahild Grathmer (pseud. of the Queen
of Denmark). Gilded top edges, with ribbon markers. Calligraphy
on spines and slipcase by John Andrew. Slipcases bound in full
Moroccan goatskin leather, with scalloped edges. 1328 pages in
total for the Lord of the Rings. Together with The Hobbit (2003)
and the Silmarillion (2004 ) Illustrated by Francis Mosley,
printed at the Bath Press, All volumes have the same number.
Payment for this title by bank transfer only. Forwarding by UPS
in the UK, by DHL abroad £1,750.00

[F0388-2] TOLKIEN, J.J.R.,. The Silmarillion. ISBN: 0007136609.
With Christopher Tolkien's 1977 and 1999 forewords. Harper
Collins , First edition thus, 2002. xxiv, 365pp, colour maps as
end papers. quarter black leather binding with gil titlet, and
gilt embossed design on front board, all edges gilt. . In black
leather covered slipcase. The edition was limited to 1000 copies,
shrink wrap preserved, has the numbers 1 to 9 in the colophon.
The first publication of a deluxe edition of The Silmarillion,
featuring the revised, reset text, The Silmarillion is an account
of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the
ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings
look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and
Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an
age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and
the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the
Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.
Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale
is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and
powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts
the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of
the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great
events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of
the Rings. This was the first luxe edition of this pivotal work,
featuring the revised, corrected text and including, by way of an
introduction, a fascinating letter written by Tolkien in 1951 in
which he gives a full explanation of how he conceived the early
Ages of Middle-earth. Bound in quarter black leather, and set in
a protective slipcase, still shrink wrapped. Immaculate copy
£150.00

[F1287] TOLKIEN, J.J.R.,. Bilbo's Last Song.. Illustrated by
Pauline Baynes. Hutchinson, 2002, first edition thus, first
printing ssplendid hardback copy in pristine jacket. [ST] £9.75

[F0176-3] TOLKIEN, J.J.R.,. The Hobbit or There and Back Again.
One of the Folio Society's hand numbered limited edition of 1750
copies. Quarter-bound in Moroccan goatskin leather, with sides of
hand-woven pure Indian silk. Illustrations drawn by Eric Fraser
from original designs by Ingahild Grathmer (pseud. of the Queen
of Denmark). Gilded top edges, with ribbon markers. Calligraphy
on spines and slipcase by John Andrew. Slipcase bound in full
Moroccan goatskin leather, with scalloped edges. (2002 )
Illustrated by Francis Mosley, printed at the Bath Press, 245
pages. An immaculate copy £375.00

[F0875C] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.. The Hobbit.. Illustrated by Alan Lee.
Harper Collins, 1997. Text very sl darkened at the edges o/w a
fine copy in fine jacket. [DL 1/4] £25.00

[F0875B] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.. The Hobbit.. Illustrated by Alan Lee.
The edition specially published for Dealerfield Ltd. in 2000 by
Harper Collins. Text very sl darkened at the edges o/w a fine
copy in fine jacket. [DL 1/5] £25.00

[093039-1] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.. The Hobbit.. Illustrated by Alan Lee.
Published by Harper Collins exclusively for Hatchard's of London
in 1997 in a limited edition signed by the illustrator to
celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the original publication of The
Hobbit. In a quarter leather binding in slip-case. Gilt lettering
on spine. Splendid copy in new condition. numbered copy. One of
only 600 issued. £650.00

[R72494] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.. Az Elveszett Mesek Konyve. 2. kotet.
(Hungarian). Forditotta: Tandori Dezso. Budapest, 1996. 395 pp.,
fine paperback. [ = the book of lost tales volume 2 in Hungarian]
£4.95

[R72493] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.. Silmarillion. (Czech). Praha: Mlada
fronta, 1992. 319 pp., cover portrait, maps; fine hardback in d/j
with aq hologram of a tree on teh front wrapper £6.95

[001304] TOLKIEN, J.R.R. (transl.),. Sir Gawain and the Green
knight. Pearl. Sir Orfeo.. ,,, ISBN: 0048210358.. Allen & Unwin,
1975; 149pp; in publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering on
spine; dust-wrapper;. *First edition. These highly regarded
translations are sensitive to the narrative and poetic qualities
of the originals. (With glossary and appendix.) binding sl.
bumped at bottom spine, jacket sl. creased at bottom spine, not
price-clipped, name in ink on f.e.p. very good to fine copy
£24.50

[093086] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major,
the Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son. Unwin Books 2nd
reset edition 1975, 175pp., First Thus Omnibus edition of three
of Tolkien's best known shorter works, including his essay on
Fairy Tales.text yellowed throughout [sp] £6.95

[F0060] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Tolkien Diary 1992. .., ISBN:
0261102281. The annual Tolkien diary, issued in the centenary
year with tolkien's own illustations. A perfect copy, not used ,
issued without d/j £25.00

[091244] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Hobbit Albo Tam I z Powrotem. (The
Hobbit in Polish). |, illustrated by Alan Lee . Amber, 2000, 1st
edition thus , perfect copy in good d/j. (d/j sl. frayed at the
top. the Polish edition published by Amber. this is the only
edition which has been published in a larger size, top of the
wrapper sl. wrinkled; [ DL 1/5] £25.00

[012754] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. THE SILMARILLION. ISBN: 0261103660.
Harper Collins, 1998, A beautifully presented edition,
Illustrated with twenty full-colour paintings by Ted Nasmith, to
celebrate its twenty-first year of publication. edges of text sl.
darkened, o/w fine hardback in fine dust jacket. On the jacket is
added: The Myths and Legends of Middle Earth.[ DL 1/5 x 2 ]
£25.00

[F1624] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Tolkien Diary 1999. Illustrated By Alan
Lee.. ISBN: 0261103741. Harper Collins, 1998, an immaculate
unmarked, unused copy. each month has a double page full colour
illustration and numerous grey illustrations as backgrounds
throughout diary. 134 pages. 21 x 18 cm [ x 2 DL ] £14.95

[F0173] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. The Hobbit or There and Back Again.
Illustrated By the Author.. Houghton, Houghton Mifflin, 1987, the
fiftieth anniversary edtuion. long foreword by Christopher
Tolkien.Bound in gold imitation leather over boards, 50th
anniversary device stamped on upper cover in green, repeated on a
paper label on the slipcase also of gold inmitation leather.
Published on 26th October 1987 in an edition of 15000 copies [
see Hammond page 63 ] dedication in biro by previous owner on
f.e.p. o/w a fine copy £45.00

[F1798] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. THE SILMARILLION. 1977. ISBN:
0048231398. Allen & Unwin,1977, first edition. 365pp., folding
map of Beleriand and the lands to the North. Emblems designed by
J.R.R. Tolkien, Front cover: Luthien Tinuviel; bac cover:
Fingolfin Earendil Idril Celebrindal Elwe Feanor. Very good copy
in price clipped d/j £14.50

[F1797] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. THE SILMARILLION. 1977. ISBN:
0048231398. Allen & Unwin,1977, first edition. 365pp., folding
map of Beleriand and the lands to the North. Emblems designed by
J.R.R. Tolkien, Front cover: Luthien Tinuviel; bac cover:
Fingolfin Earendil Idril Celebrindal Elwe Feanor. Very good copy
in unclipped d/j £25.00

[F0875] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. The Hobbit or There and back Again
Illustrated By Alan Lee 8 Different Editions Illustrated By Alan
Lee..
1) Harper Collins, 1997, with the pre-publication price of £ 20
until December 1997 £25.00 from 1 January 1998 printed on the
inside of the dust wrapper.
2) Boston-New York, Houghton-Mifflin, 1997 (0997 printed on
inside dust wrapper
3) the edition published specially for Dealerfield Ltd. in 2000.
the printing on the spine of the dust wrapper of this edition is
different and there is a difference in colours.
4) Hobbitinn eda ut og heim aftur. Reykjavik, 1997, the Icelandic
edition.
5) Hobbit albo tam i z powrotem., the Polish edition published by
Amber. this is the only edition which has been published in a
larger size, top of the wrapper sl. wrinkled;
6) Hobbitten eller ud og hjem igen. The Danish edition published
by Gyldendal. (Gyldendals bogklubber);
7) El Hobbit o historia de una ida y de una vuelta. the Spanish
edition published by Ediciones Minotauro.
8) Le Hobbit traduit de l'Anglais par Francis Ledoux, the French
edition published by Christian Bourgeois. This copy is
accompanied by a peronal note by the publisher (postcard)
A fine collection, apart from the minor wrinkling to the dust
wrapper of the Polish edition all in very fine condition.
£125.00

[F1663] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Tolkien Diary 2008 The Children of
Hurin. Illustrated by Alan Lee. HarperCollins, 2007, boards,
immaculate copy [ 2 x dl ] £9.75

[091959] TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. Leht Ja Puu / Suur Woottoni Sepp /
Talumees Giles Hamist (Tree and leaf/Smith of Wootton
major/Farmer Giles of Ham in Estonian.. hillariously illustrated
in colours by Edgar Valter. Tallin, 1992, 4to., 88pp., paper
£3.95

[F1561] Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].. The Lord Of The Rings:
3 volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return
of the King First editions, first Impressions. George Allen &
Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955 First editions, first impressions, Volume
one: The Fellowship of the Ring,1954, 424pp., + folding map in
the rear. 3000 copies were printed . Volume two: The Two Towers,
1954, 353pp., + folding map in the rear. 3250 copies were
printed. With the errors on pp. 111 and 350. (Hammond-Anderson p.
98) Volume three The Return of the King, 1955, 416pp., + folding
map in the rear. 7000 copies were printed. With the signature
mark '4' and the slipped type on page 49 and the errors on pp. 31
101 and 209 (Hammond-Anderson p. 98 ) Octavo, In a splendid new
full maroon leather binding by the Temple Bindery of Oxford (Ian
Barnes) 5 traditional raised bands, panelled spines double-ruled
in gilt, gilt ring and eye embossed devices to the front boards,
Gilt inner dentelles. 2 black leather title labels on the spines,
top edges stained red. The 2 first volumes were Philip Toynbee's
personal copies and he must have referred to them in his now
infamous 1961 Observer "In our time" article, where a.o. he
wrote: "...most of his more ardent supporters were soon beginning
to sell out their shares in Professor Tolkien, and to-day those
books have passed into a merciful oblivion." Housed in a
custom-made dark red velvet lined cloth slip case. An exquisite
set. With letter by previous owner David Snowdon who received the
volumes 1 and 2 as a gift from Philip Toynbee in 1977. David is
mentioned several times in Toynbee's book "Part of a journey"
(1981) wwhich covers a period between 1977 and 1979 when both
were members of "The Barn House Community" £4,500.00

[F1561-C] Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].. The Two Towers first
edition ,first impression AND The Return of the King .First
edition, first impression, 2nd state. 2 Volumes. The two towers:
George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954, 353pp. 3250 copies were printed.
With the errors on pp. 111 and 350. (Hammond-Anderson p. 98) )
The return of the King, 1955, 416pp., First edition, first
impression, 2nd state 7000 copies were printed. Both volumes
Octavo, In splendid new full green leather bindings with 5 raised
bands, panelled spines double-ruled in gilt, gilt ring and eye
embossed devices to the front boards, Gilt inner dentelles. 2
black leather title labels on the spines, top edges stained red.
which in The two towers has slightly run into the tops of the 3
first leaves. maps in the rear. Texts slightly yellowed as usual
very occas. Slight spotting. . no jackets. there were 2 states of
the first impression of the Return of the King: (1) on p. 49 (4,
recto) the signature mark 4 is present, and all lines of type sag
in the middle; (2) on p. 49 no signature mark is present, and all
the lines of type are straight ( Hammond/Anderson page 86. )
£1,350.00
Note: we are looking for the missing volume, any condition
considered

[F1561-B] Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].. The Two Towers First
edition, first Impression. George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954, 353pp.
3250 copies were printed. With the errors on pp. 111 and 350.
(Hammond-Anderson p. 98) ) Octavo, In a splendid new full green
leather binding with 5 raised bands, panelled spines double-ruled
in gilt, gilt ring and eye embossed devices to the front boards,
Gilt inner dentelles. 2 black leather title labels on the spine,
top edges stained red. which has slightly run into the tops of
the 3 first leaves. map in the rear. £750.00

[F2422-2] TOLKIEN,Dzh. R.R.,. Khobbit, Ili Tuda I Obratno. ill.
M.Belomlinskii. .., Leningrad, Detskaya lit-ra, 2nd edition 1989;
254pp., printed boards in colours, linen spine wwith title, with
halftones, many of which in sepia, brown end papers with coloured
illustations The drawing of the Hobbit on the front cover in
shows the hero with rather hairy legs. Illustrations by Mikhail
Belomlinkskij. £15.00

[F1755-10] Unwin , Rayner,. The making of the Lord of the rings.
Limited Edition of 12 Copies. ISBN: 1854760114. Originally
published in a limited edition of 250 Copies.Issued on the
occasion of the centenary celebrations at Keble college Oxford.
1992, 8pp., text and covers on cream paper . In addition to the
100 copies reprinted in 2007 This is one of the 12 copies bound
in Italian hand-made marbled paper covered boards and linen spine
with title label £35.00

[F0139-2] Unwin , Rayner,. The making of the Lord of the rings.
Limited Edition of 100 Copies. ISBN: 1854760114. Originally
Issued in a limited edition of 250 copies on the occasion of the
centenary celebrations at Keble college Oxford. 1992, 8pp., text
and covers on cream paper and thin board. Reprinted (100 copies)
in 2007 £6.95

[F0159] WILLIAMS, Charles (Charles Walter Stansby Williams),
1886-1945. Heroes and Kings.. With wood engravings by Norman
Janes.Henderson and Spalding Ltd., at the Sylvan Press, Sylvan
Grove, Camberwell, London S.E. 15, 1930, small-folio, 40 lvs.
(four of these are blanks at the end). Red buckram decorated with
gilt crown and sword within a stone archway on front and rear
cover; blank spine , red head and tail bands, gilt top edge ,
bottom end side edges untrimmed Printed on Barcham Green
hand-made paper, set in eighteen-point Monotype Caslon. Nineteen
Arthurian poems by Charles Williams, Book design by Hubert J.
Foss, Limited to 300 copies (250 for sale) This is number 26
signed by Charles Williams, Norman Janes and Hubert J. Foss. A
small rust spot on e.p of inner board paperclip) and 2 mm brown
spot on 2nd leaf [signed] £750.00

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Beyond Bree 2015 Calendar available now

November 15, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 14334)

"Beyond Bree" is a monthly fan newsletter produced by Nancy Martsch for well over 30 years (continuously!). Starting 30 years ago, there has also been an annual calendar produced by and for fans - this years' looks fantastic, and I will be ordering mine - if you are interested, only a few are made each year, so move quickly!

Beyond Bree 2015 Calendar Flyer

The 2015 "Beyond Bree" Calendar is now printed and ready for purchase. The theme is "Heroes and Heroines of Mortal Men". The Flyer above displays the illustration for May, Anke Eissmann's "Faramir in Ithilien". This Calendar also contains glorious artwork by Ted Nasmith, Jef Murray, Gordon Palmer, Colin Williams, Ruth Lacon, and more! Plus a large "centerfold" picture of "Eowyn and the Witch-king" by Jef Murray.

The 2015 "Beyond Bree" Calendar costs $20 plus shipping, $2 USA or $5 outside the USA. (Proceeds from Calendar sales go to support "Beyond Bree".)

To pay by PayPal: send payment (in US $) to the address shown in the flyer above. Please add $1 per calendar for the PayPal fee.
To pay by mail: send check or money order (in US $, drawn on a US Bank) payable to: Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oak, CA 91413, USA. Nancy can also accept US currency: use a sturdy envelope, send at your own risk.

Interview with Wayne Hammond

November 12, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 15494)

Fellow Tolkien collector, noted Tolkien scholar and co-editor (with wife Christina Scull) of the forthcoming The Art of The Lord of the Rings just had a lovely interview/article published over at the Williams Record.

http://williamsrecord.com/2014/11/12/librarian-found-love-career-through-tolkien/

This movie prop up for auction looks much more legit - Rohan Ax prop at RR Auction

June 26, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 63829)

Rohan Ax Prop RR Auction
Note for those interested, this auction is closing TODAY, you must bid by 6PM Eastern Time (1 AM June 27, GMT).

RR Auction has a Two Towers / Return of the King movie prop running now, and the authenticity looks very good, and RR Auction is also very good about their certification and guarantees. Take a look!

#407 - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Return of the King
Rohan soldier’s ax used in two films of Jackson’s epic Tolkien trilogy, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep

Incredibly detailed and realistic screen-used Rohan soldier's axe used in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of The King. Ax features a blade made from dense rubber, measuring 11″ long, and features beautifully intricate engravings that are reminiscent of Viking craftsmanship. As the soldiers of Rohan were known for being expert cavalrymen, the ax also features a small horse head above the shoulder. Blade is attached to a 28.5″ resin handle that has been painted to appear wooden. Minor wear from production use, otherwise fine condition. Rohan is a realm of men in the world of Middle-earth, and axes of this style can be seen wielded by the soldiers of Rohan, particularly during the epic battle of Helm's Deep. RR Auction COA.

As of this writing (approximately 5 hours before open bidding closes) the current bid is at $1026+$230 buyers premium, or $1256 total. [Update]: The item was withdrawn before closing, presumably because it did not meet a hidden reserve. [End update]

Rohan Ax movie prop screenshot

New book - Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth

June 25, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 57843)

Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth is a newly published book by Craig Bernthal, Professor of English at California State University, Fresno. From the Angelico Press announcement, "This new book by the author of The Trial of Man examines in depth the influence of Catholic sacramentality on the thought and work of Tolkien." I have requested a review copy and will have it in hand soon to review [side note, is there anyone here who would like a stab at reviewing this book? Let me know!] In the interim, here is the press release from the publisher:

Tolkien's Sacramental Vision

Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision

Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth

Craig Bernthal

ONE OF TOLKIEN’S great appeals to readers is that he offers a world replete with meaning at every level. To read and reread Tolkien is to fall in love with a universe that has a beginning and an end, where good and bad are not subjective choices, but objective realities; a created order full of grace, though damaged by sin, in which friendship is the seedbed of the virtues, and where the greatest warriors finally become the greatest healers.

  A correspondent once told J. R. R. Tolkien that his work seemed illumined “by an invisible lamp.” That lamp is the Church, and its light is the imaginative sensibility that we live in a sacramental world. This new book by the author of The Trial of Man examines in depth the influence of Catholic sacramentality on the thought and work of Tolkien, and is a signal contribution to a deeper understanding of his mythological world.

“Craig Bernthal demonstrates that Tolkien’s literary vision was profoundly and concretely sacramental, and his magnificent retelling of the entire Cosmic Story shaped by the Church’s most basic theological claims and its quite specific sacraments. In making these visible for the first time, Bernthal provides us with a lens for a fresh look at Tolkien.”—RALPH C. WOOD, author of The Gospel According to Tolkien

“Bernthal’s is a unique study in fully establishing the centrality of St. John the Divine in Tolkien’s life and thought. He shows, compellingly, that the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance structure the legendarium, and that The Lord of the Rings truly is a book of signs.”—ALISON MILBANK, author of Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians

“Through his academic work, his heroic fiction and legendarium, and his sanctified mythic vision, Tolkien revealed worlds of beauty and terror. In his new book, Craig Bernthal wondrously uncovers the numerous layers in Tolkien’s thought as well as the nuances, the trajectories, and even the empty spaces, immense with possibilities.”—BRADLEY J. BIRZER, author of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth

“Having enjoyed Craig Bernthal’s excellent book on Shakespeare, I am delighted that he has turned the keen edge of his considerable intellect to the Catholicism of Middle-earth. This is a work that will thrill and enthrall all those who wish to delve deeper into Tolkien’s world.”—JOSEPH PEARCE, author of Tolkien: Man & Myth and Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit.

CRAIG BERNTHAL is Professor of English at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught Shakespeare and Renaissance literature for 26 years. He has published articles, essays, short fiction, and two books: The Trial of Man: Christianity and Judgment in the World of Shakespeare and Perfection in Bad Axe, a book of short stories. He is especially interested in the ideas of quest and pilgrimage in literature and in life.

Are these real Hobbit and LOTR movie props for auction?

June 20, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 58822)

[Update below]

Premeire Props is having their Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XIV on June 21-22 in California. Included in this auction are quite a few listings labeled as from the first two Hobbit Films and the three Lord of the Rings movies. A linked list of these items is included below if you are interested.

It is important to keep in mind that provenance and authenticity are of absolute importance when collecting movie props. Premiere Props offers certificates of authenticity for any items that they sell through their website (see their terms here) but those same terms do not generally apply to their weekly auctions such as this one, where items are typically consigned by other sellers. For the live auction items, each item description details the provenance and authenticity guarantees that each item comes with. For example, here is an item from the X-Men films, where the item description states "actual hero screen used claws", "These are the hero rubber versions worn by Jackman", "The blades come with a Letter of Provenience from producer Lauren Shuler Donner", and "This item also comes with a Movie Props DNA", which is a system of authenticity that Premiere Props uses to authenticate items even after they are sold.

Now, if you read all of the below item descriptions, you will note that not once is it mentioned that these are screen used, none of the items comes with a certificate of authenticity, and no provenance at all is mentioned for any of these listings. Bidder and buyer beware!!! It is certainly possible that some, many or all of these are legitimate props, but as a buyer you will be very hard pressed indeed to document this for insurance purposes or later if you should want to sell them again.

[Update]I just now received this email in response to my queries to them:

All come from a guy who works on the props in these films. Premiere Props will provide a COA.

So the provenance for these items is "a guy". The Certificate of Authenticity is nice, though! [End Update]

Premiere Props has been documented as having some questionable practices in the past, primarily via the Original Prop Blog - for example, knowingly trying to sell a fake prop: "So, in short… Premiere Props listed a fake prop for sale as authentic… was subsequently told that it was fake… they left it up for sale anyway, and then changed it to an authentic fake, with a $200 start price… a price which was realized at auction with a single bid, yet the item was not sold?" And

The Lord of the Rings
392: Lord of the Rings Production Practice Sword Movie Prop
393: Lord of the Rings Return of the King Cup Movie Props
394: Lord of the Rings Two Towers Cup Move Props
396: Lord of the Rings Two Towers Necklace Prop
397: Lord of the Rings Return of the King Flail Weapon Prop
398: Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Necklace Prop
399: Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Rams Horn Prop
446: Lord of the Rings Two Towers Elephant Riders Sword Prop
536: Lord of the Rings Fellowship Practice Sword
537: Lord of the Rings Production Practice Sword Prop
717: The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Dwarf Pants Costume
718: The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Deer Hoof Dagger
719: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Cup Prop
720: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Cup Prop
721: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Village Box Prop

Marks of Genius Exhibition at the Morgan Library & Musuem

June 7, 2014 — Trotter (Views: 8543)

Dust-jacket design for the HobbitMarks of Genius presents some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, from the beginning of recorded information up to the industrial era, as preserved in the incomparable collections of Oxford University's Bodleian Library. The exhibition features approximately sixty rare and exceptional objects from diverse disciplines that serve as points of departure for exploring some of the fundamental meanings of genius.

The ways in which genius has been cultivated, recognized, and venerated will be explored through such works as early manuscripts of Euclid's Elementa and Gregory I's Regular Pastoralis, the oldest book written in English; an Arabic manuscript book of constellations; a unique papyri of Sappho's poems; the copyright deposit copy of Shakespeare's First Folio; a thirteenth-century manuscript of the Magna Carta; the definitive account of Aztec civilization; the manuscript of Handel's Messiah; J.R.R. Tolkien's drawings for The Hobbit; and Mary Shelley's manuscript draft of Frankenstein.

Marks of Genius travels exclusively to the Morgan before returning to the Bodleian Library to mark the opening of a new building devoted to its special collections. The opening date for this exhibition at the new Bodleian Weston Library is the 22nd March 2015.

Dates : 6 June 2014 - 14 September 2014

Location: The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York

http://genius.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Two Page Handwritten and Signed Letter From Tolkien Up For Auction Through June 18th

June 5, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 9223)
Doris Sykes Tolkien Signed Letter Page 1
Doris Sykes Tolkien Signed Letter Page 2
Doris Sykes Tolkien Signed Letter Page 3
Doris Sykes Tolkien Signed Letter Page 4

[Update]: This item appears to have been withdrawn at the last moment, I assume because it failed to meet an invisible reserve.

RR Auction has a two page (both sides) handwritten and signed letter from J. R. R. Tolkien up for auction, and it is an outstanding example of his handwriting and signature. It has a postscript as well, with his shortened initials-only signature as well. The letter itself is undated, but based on the content it appears to have been written around 1956.

The letter itself was sent to Doris Sykes, an artist who had sent some illustrations for The Lord of the Rings to Tolkien and inquired if he was interested in using them for an illustrated edition. Tolkien was clearly impressed with her artwork and expressed interest in buying some himself, when finances allowed.

This is one of two letters sold at Christies in June 2013 - those two letters realized £15,000 ($23,505) at that time.

A brief extract from the letter:

“I have done nothing further in the matter, since the publishers are not at present inclined to consider any edition illustrated or more deluxe and costly than the one just issued…I have shown your drawings to other ‘readers’ & the response has been good; though most agree that the best way of doing hobbits is to make them absolutely ordinary human beings (except for a neat goatee or buskin of hair), and not too childlike, round-eyed etc.... I should be v. pleased to see any further drawings you make; though I cannot encourage any great hopes of your labour being rewarded in a practical way in the near future.”

Also, as a postscript Tolkien added the following note:

“Except that—if and when I get any money from the book after the vast costs are defrayed: I have had none at all yet—I like some of the drawings so much that I should like to consider asking you to allow me to purchase some for myself, in the event of an illustrated edition being indefinitely postponed.”

Item 520
Sale ends June 18, 2014
http://www.rrauction.com/bidtracker_detail.cfm?IN=520
Current bid at $5826 (as of June 5th, 2014)

Bonhams Auction June 18, 2014 - TLS and 1st Hobbit

May 30, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 8911)

Up for auction in a few weeks are two interesting items from Bonhams - a typed letter signed (TLS) not appearing in Carpenter's Letters, and a first impression of The Hobbit in dustjacket. Though the letter and book both have condition issues, they have quite a bit of appeal and should have no trouble meeting their respective estimates. Good luck to all interested bidders!

BOOKS, MAPS, MANUSCRIPTS AND HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS
London, Knightsbridge
18 Jun 2014 13:00 BST
Auction 21763

Bonhams Sale 21763 Lot 277 - Signed letter
Lot 277
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
Autograph and partly typed letter signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien"), Sandfield Road, Headington, 17 January 1964

Autograph and partly typed letter signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien"), to Mrs A. Mountfield of Eltham Green School, thanking her for sending the letter by one of her class children which gave him great pleasure ("...The Hobbit seems to have gone down well at school; I have had several letters telling me of class activities arising from interest in it. Not all as well penned as this...") but adding that he hopes "it will turn out not to be the only gift to you from Oxford"; adding in his own hand: "for you to hand on" and observing: "All teaching is exhausting, and depressing and one is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect. I wish I could now tell some of mine (of long ago) how I remember them and things they said, though I was (only, as it appeared) looking out of the window or giggling at my neighbour", 1 page, printed heading, small cup-rim stain at foot, 4to, Sandfield Road, Headington, 17 January 1964

Estimate: £1,500 - 2,000 (US$ 2,500 - 3,300)

Bonhams Sale 21763 Lot 278 - Hobbit 1st impression
Lot 278
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
The Hobbit or There and Back Again, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, George Allen & Unwin, [1937]

frontispiece and 9 plates or illustrations (all but one full-page), map endpapers in red and black by the author, light pencil inscription (near erased) on front free endpaper, publisher's green cloth, lettered and decorated in dark blue, first issue dust-jacket after a design by Tolkien, with 'Dodgeson' on rear flap corrected in ink, unclipped with price "7s. 6d." (loss at extremities of spine, 1cm at top, 3cm at bottom) and corners, short tear (with no loss) affecting one line of upper flap, generally fresh colour [Hammond A3(a)], 8vo

Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000 (US$ 17,000 - 25,000)

ebay makes users change their passwords after hack

May 21, 2014 — Trotter (Views: 6523)

Auction site ebay is forcing users to change their passwords after a cyber-attack compromised its systems.

The US firm said a database had been hacked between late February and early March, and had contained encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.

The company added that it had no evidence of there being unauthorized activity on its members' accounts.

However, it said that changing the passwords was "best practice and will help enhance security for ebay users".

The California-based company has 128 million active users and accounted for $212bn (£126bn) worth of commerce on its various marketplaces and other services in 2013.

It said it would be contacting users to alert them of the issue via email, its website, adverts and social media.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27503290

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