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Fan Publication - "The Hobbit, An Art Book by Octo"

April 7, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 10297)

Octo Kwan's anime/manga style Tolkien-inspired artwork has been featured in Mallorn, Amon Hen and Beyond Bree, and has been exhibited in Hong Kong and in England. This book is an oversized softcover, with text in English and Chinese. I have not yet ordered a copy so I cannot comment on shipping costs to the USA (or elsewhere) yet - if you have placed an international order, can you share what the shipping costs are please? Reports I have heard from people who have seen the book is that it is quite nice.

I don't see the book listed on the publisher's website yet but it should be there soon: Sole Culture of Hong Kong.

Update: the book information is now listed at Books by Sole Culture

The price is HK$199 (approximately US$26 / £15.50 / €18.75).

Octo Kwan Flyer Hobbit Art Book

Bloomsbury Hobbit Auctions, April 11th

April 6, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 6663)

Bloomsbury Book Auctions is having a Modern Literature auction on April 11th, 2014. Included in this auction are two copies of The Hobbit - a first edition, first impression in good dustjacket, and a first edition second impression copy in much nicer dustjacket. Unfortunately the auction house has misspelled Tolkien's name in both lots (I've submitted a request to fix this, hopefully they update soon). [Update: they fixed it.]

Modern Literature sale
Friday April 11, 2014, 1:00 PM
London, England

Bloomsbury Hobbit 1st impressionLot 139
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
"First edition, first impression with plain plates , frontispiece, plate and 8 illustrations by Tolkien, map endpapers, original decorative cloth , slightly cocked, corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, first issue dust-jacket with ms. correction on lower inside flap , spine very slightly darkened , spine ends and corners a little chipped, small 1/5" portion of loss to head of spine, closed tear to head of loser panel with tape repair to verso, a few small chips and short closed tears to head and foot, insect damage to head of upper flap, split to foot of upper fore-edge , 8vo, 1937."
Estimate £15,000–20,000
Sold for £15,000

Bloomsbury Hobbit 2nd impressionLot 140
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
"First edition , second impression, colour frontispiece, 4 plates including 3 colour, 8 illustrations, some full-page, map endpapers, 2pp. advertisements, stain affecting top-half fore-edge of all up to B1 and rear free endpaper, original pictorial cloth, in very good condition, dust-jacket, some very light spotting to panels, slight browning to spine, skillfully restored at corners, foot of spine and section of lower panel near spine, in affect an unusually attractive example of a scarce dust-jacket, 8vo , 1937."
Estimate £4,500–5,500

Lyon & Turnbull Live Auction: Lord of the Rings 1st Edition Set - Jan 15th

January 2, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 28699)

Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers (established in 1826) are having an auction on January 15th in Edinburgh, UK for rare books and manuscripts. Lot number 170 is a first edition set of The Lord of the Rings in dustjackets, in reasonable but not perfect condition. Perhaps a deal can be had!

Sale No 399 - Rare Books, Maps & Manuscripts
January 15th, 1014
Edinburgh, UK

Lord of the Rings 1st impressions
Lot 170
Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955. 3 volumes, first edition, first impression, 8vo, dust-jackets, 3 folding maps printed in red and black, first impressions with signature number 4 lacking from The Return of the King and straight text on page 49 with Observer and Guardian review notices on rear inner flap of dust-jacket, original red cloth gilt, dust-jackets a little chipped and bumped at spine ends with a few very small closed tears along folds, some very slight soiling and darkening to dust-jackets with a few blind marks to upper cover of The Two Towers which appear to have been impressed a little into jacket (3)
Estimate £3,000-5,000

Sís dustjacket artwork, Pauline Baynes original art available at Bonham's Auction December 11, 2013

December 5, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 33921)

Bonham's in New York has two original pieces of artwork from Peter Sís up for auction on December 11th. They were both used for the 2001 Houghton Mifflin edition of The Hobbit on the dustjacket (front and back). Also for auction is a lot of the 12 illustrations that Pauline Baynes created for Frog and Water Shrew - while obviously not directly Tolkien related, the relationship between Baynes and Tolkien is strong and many collectors are interested in her other artwork.

Fine Books and Manuscripts
11 Dec 2013, starting at 10:00 EST
New York

Bonham's Sis Cover Lot 1302 Dec 2013
Lot 1302
Sís, Peter. b.1949.
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
"The Hobbit or There and Back Again," watercolor with pen-and-ink and gold paint, 406 x 215 mm, signed "SÍS" in lower central panel. Published: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), front cover of dust jacket. Czech-born illustrator Peter Sís is one of the most honored of contemporary children's book artists. His picture books have been named Caldecott Honor Books and have regularly appeared in the New York Times best illustrated books of the year list. He is also the first children's book illustrator to have been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Sís employed a lighter, more fanciful approach to the great children's classic than that of previous artists. The various panels offer his solution to capturing the complexity of the novel in a single composition.
Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000
Did not sell

Bonham's Sis Map Lot 1303 Dec 2013
Lot 1303
Sís, Peter. b.1949.
Map of Middle Earth
Map of Middle Earth, watercolor with pen-and-ink and gold paint, 406 x 230 mm, signed "SÍS" lower right.
Published: The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), back cover. Peter Sís prepared this picture as a frontispiece to Tolkien's classic, but it was used on the back jacket instead.
Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000
Did not sell

Bonham's Baynes 1132 Dec 2013
Lot 1132
Baynes, Pauline. 1922-2008
Suite of 12 illustrations for Frog and Water Shrew
Suite of 12 illustrations for Frog and Water Shrew, gouache, watercolor, crayon and pastel, 235 x 380 mm each, signed "Pauline Baynes" lower right, with tissue overlays showing text placement and other production markings (one lacking).
Published: Frog and Water Shrew by Helen Piers (Harmondsworth: Kestrel Books, 1981), endpapers and 11 interior double-page spreads. Baynes was from Brighton and studied at the Farnham School of Art and the Slade School of Art until WWII. She drew naval charts for the Hydrographic Department of British Admiralty, where she met many established illustrators who inspired and encouraged her. Although she illustrated over 90 books for various author, she is best known for her illustrations of the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Estimate: $1,500 - 2,500
Sold for US$ 2,500 inc. premium

Sotheby's Auction Dec 10, 2013

December 5, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 33369)

Sotheby's has four Tolkien lots in their upcoming December 10th auction in London - the outstanding lot being 405, a signed first Japanese edition of The Hobbit - the book itself is scarce enough, and having a clean signature and dedication in Tolkien's handwriting makes this near one-of-a-kind, if not unique. I certainly have never seen another signed Japanese 1st Hobbit before in my years of collecting. The other three lots are somewhat scarce and interesting, but nothing remarkably outstanding. These are certain to find good homes, but I do believe there will be significant interest in that signed copy.

The Library of an English Bibliophile Part III
10 December 2013, 10:30 AM GMT, London UK

Sotheby's Hobbit Lot 404 Dec 2013
Lot 404
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Hobbit
8vo, first American edition, first impression, four coloured plates and other illustrations by the author, illustrated endpapers and upper cover of binding bound in at end, later full scarlet morocco by Asprey & Garrard with a design after 'The Hill: Hobbiton across The Water' on upper cover and 'The Misty Mountains looking West from the Eyrie towards Goblin Gate' on lower cover both in coloured morocco onlays, spine gilt in compartments, red silk moiré endpapers, gilt edges, abrasions and repairs to first map endpaper, slight scratches to edges
Estimate: £2,000 — 3,000
Sold for £4,375 including buyer's premium

Sotheby's Japanese Hobbit Lot 405 Dec 2013
Lot 405
Tolkien, J. R. R.
ホビットの冒険 [The Hobbit]
8vo, first Japanese translation by Teiji Seta, presentation copy inscribed by the author ("With best wishes | to Fr Hugh Maycock | and Pusey House | Dec. 14. 1966") on reverse of endpaper and additionally signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" on title-page, numerous illustrations by Ryuichi Terashima, pictorial end-papers in red and black by the author, original pictorial boards, original pictorial slipcase, head of spine slightly bumped, slipcase worn with soiling and loss
Estimate: £4,000 — 6,000
Sold for £8,125 including buyer's premium

Sotheby's LOTR Lot 406 Dec 2013
Lot 406
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings
8vo, 3 volumes, first edition, first impressions (volume three in first state of first impression), illustrations, maps including folding maps at end of each volume, original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jackets, collector's black morocco-backed marbled folding box, some spotting and browning, ownership signature and book label to volume two, soiling to leaves 3-5 of gathering 9 in volume two, extremities slightly bumped, some cleaning and restoration to dust-jacket for volume one, some adhesive tape repairs to dust-jacket for volume two, some soiling to dust-jacket for volume three
Estimate: £4,000 — 6,000
Sold for £4,750 including buyer's premium

Sothebys LOTR US Lot 407 Dec 2013
Lot 407
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings
8vo, 3 volumes, first American editions, illustrations, maps including folding maps at end of each volume, original blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper covers and spines, dust-jackets, slightly bumped at extremities, dust-jackets slightly soiled, some loss to dust-jacket for volume one, some minor chips to dust-jacket for volume three, bookplate laid down to volume three
Estimate: £1,500 — 2,000
Sold for £1,875 including buyer's premium

Bonhams Auction September 10, 2013

August 29, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 38353)

On September 10th, 2013 at their Oxford location, Bonhams has three Tolkien book lots up for auction. A first edition Hobbit without dustjacket leads, they have a set of early impressions of The Lord of the Rings, and then a sixth impression Hobbit with dustjacket to close the three lots. While none of the three lots are outstanding in condition, they have reasonable estimates and can likely be obtained for a good price at least relative to what book dealers ask for these editions.

Auction 20706
10 September 2013

Hobbit Bonhams 20706 431Lot 431
TOLKIEN (J. R. R.) The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, first edition, FIRST IMPRESSION, illustrations, occasional faint stains to upper margins, small ink smudge to outer margin (p.109), half-centimetre tear to frontispiece upper margin, map endpapers slightly toned, pencil ownership inscription, publisher's pictorial cloth, bumped corners, worn at lower edge of lower board, 8vo, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937
Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500 | US$ 1,600 - 2,300 | €1,200 - 1,800
Result: £2,750 (US$ 4,466) including premium

Two Towers Bonhams 20706 432Lot 432
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression, 1956; The Two Towers, fourth impression, 1956; The Return of the King, third impression, 1957, folding maps, publisher's cloth, mixed dust-jackets, worn at folds, 8vo, George Allen & Unwin Ltd (3)
Estimate: £200 - 300 | US$ 310 - 470 | €230 - 350
Result: £75 (US$ 121) including premium

Hobbit Bonhams 20706 433
Lot 433
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, sixth impression, colour frontispiece, illustrations, small tears to two pages, publisher's pictorial cloth, dust-jacket, tattered at edges, 8vo, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, [1954]
Estimate: £300 - 500 | US$ 470 - 780 | €350 - 580
Result: £400 (US$ 649) including premium

Jef Murray 2014 Calendar Available (AL3P)

August 13, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 36260)

Jef Murray 2014 Calendar

Jef Murray has been producing Tolkien inspired artwork for years, as well as from myriad other fantasy themes such as Narnia and his own imagination. His works have appeared in Amon Hen and Mallorn for The Tolkien Society, Mythprint for the Mythopoeic Society, Silver Leaves, made Beyond Bree newsletter and calendar appearances, and been exhibited at multiple conventions and galleries.

This year's issue is helping raise money for A Long Expected Party 3 (AL3P), a gathering in Kentucky where people can visit the Shire and meet other fans and friends.

From Jef Murray: "This is the third of my Middle-earth themed fantasy calendars, and the second produced in support of the ALEP gatherings in Kentucky. Within, you'll find full colour painting images from my Tolkien-inspired galleries, of scenes from Middle-earth."

This calendar marks moon phases, solstices and equinoxes, international holidays, plus includes visual cues for over 18 dates of specific interest to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It also includes a 17 inch tall centerfold print of Meduseld. Printed, with hole for hanging, 8.5"x11" wide. All calendars are signed by Jef and can have a short personalized note added by request. Half of the proceeds are going to support the AL3P gathering in Kentucky in September, 2014. $16.95 + shipping

Jef's Blog entry:

Order page:

Al3P page:

Beyond Bree 2014 "Dwarves" Calendar Announced

July 22, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 44788)

It is that time of year again when pre-orders start coming out for next year's calendars. One of my favorites every year is the Beyond Bree issue, due to the high quality of the artwork, materials, and editing that bring it all together into a beautiful package. This next year's theme is the Dwarves of Tolkien's Middle-earth, and the list of artists is a veritable Who's Who of well known Tolkien fan (and professional!) artists from around the world.

Beyond Bree is a mail-based group of Tolkien fans organized by Nancy Martcsh, with a monthly newsletter (also called "Beyond Bree") and well worth subscribing to. It has been running non-stop for over thirty years providing news, articles, and connections to other fans and fan organizations worldwide.

"Beyond Bree" is delighted to announce its new calendar for 2014. Drums roar loudly from the deep of the mountains as we celebrate the Dwarves of Tolkien's world with this fantastic collection of international art featuring: Anke Eissmann, Sylvia Hunnewell, Jay Johnstone, Tim Kirk, Octo Kwan, Nancy Martsch, Jef Murray, Ted Nasmith, David Wenzel, Colin Williams, Maciej Wygnanski, and more!

The colour and black & white calendar will have both Middle-earth dates and real world holidays. It will be 11 x 8 1/2 inches, opening to 11 x 17 inches.

Pricing: $20 plus shipping - USA $2.00, the rest of the world $5.00. For PayPal orders please add $1.00.

Send PayPal payments (in USD) to: beyondbree@yahoo.com
Send check or postal money order (in USD drawn on a US bank) payable to:
Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA.
You may send US currency at your own risk, in a sturdy envelope.

For more information, please e-mail beyondbree@yahoo.com

Beyond Bree 2014 Calendar Announcement

CFP: Tolkien at Kalamazoo: 2014 International Medieval Congress

July 18, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 17494)

The Tolkien track at the International Medieval Congress is always interesting (at least, as far as I can tell from all the excited blog posts, tweets, and facebook comments from those attending. I have never made it there yet, myself.) If you would like to present there, the Call For Papers has been issued and it looks like there are three very interesting topics for next year!

The Tolkien at Kalamazoo group has been approved for 3 paper sessions at the International Medieval Congress held at Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2014. The paper sessions are:

1. Tolkien's _The Fall of Arthur_
This session will discuss the publication of Tolkien's Arthurian poem, how it relates to other Tolkien works, and its relation to Tolkien's mythology.

2. Tolkien's Natural World and Science
This session will examine various aspects of Tolkien's mythology in relation to its physical and scientific constructs: plants, weather, cosmology, animals, geography, etc.

3. Tolkien and his Medieval Sources
This session will focus on Tolkien's medieval and linguistic backgrounds as sources for his scholarship and the construction of his legendarium

The deadline for submission of proposals for the paper sessions is September 1, 2013 to Dr. Brad Eden at brad.eden@valpo.edu. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks.

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
Dean of Library Services
Valparaiso University
Christopher Center Library and Information Center
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

2013 Mythopoeic Award Winners Announced

July 15, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 13148)

Congratulations to Verlyn Flieger for winning the 2013 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies for her book Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien. She was present at the ceremony yesterday to receive her award in front of a very supportive crowd.

PRESS RELEASE: July 14, 2013

2013 Mythopoeic Award Winners

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Ursula Vernon, Digger, vols. 1-6 (Sofawolf Press)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Sarah Beth Durst, Vessel (Margaret K. McElderry)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Verlyn Flieger, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2012 that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings.” Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult Literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams
that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2010–2012) are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners of this year’s awards were announced at Mythcon 44 in East Lansing, Michigan, on July 14, 2013. A complete list of Mythopoeic Award winners is available on the Society web site:


The finalists for the literature awards, text of recent acceptance speeches, and selected book reviews are also
listed in this on-line section.

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