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|May 20, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 5916)|
This signed letter has been on eBay a few times recently (and discussed here), and has now made it to a dealer auction house.
Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia
Auction ends May 29th, 5PM Pacific Time
J.R.R. Tolkien autograph letter signed. Dated 11 May 1966, letter referring to the piracy of his wildy successful ''The Hobbit'' and ''The Lord of the Rings'' reads, ''Dear Mr. Walker, I did receive the tape that you sent to me on 13th July, not the 3rd July, 1965. I regret not having acknowledged receipt, but it arrived just as I was becoming heavily involved in the business of combating 'piracy' in the United States, which occupied me most of the remainder of last year. I am afraid it has been wasted on me because I have not now got a recorder and am far too busy to deal with any such matters. If you think of going further with your settings, either making public use of your tapes or considering publication of the music please consult Messrs. Allen & Unwin, 40 Museum Street, W.C.1. I return your tape herewith with regrets that I am not able to make any proper return for your interest in my work. Yours sincerely, [J.R.R. Tolkien]''. Single-page letter on a sheet of Tolkien's blind-stamped personal stationery measures 7'' x 9''. Toning, creasing and minor foxing. Very good.
The starting bid is set to $2,500 with no bids at this time (May 20th).
Hat tip to Marcel for pointing this out on Twitter:
|May 16, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 5747)|
On sale through May 29th, Professor Thomas Shippey's set of twenty four lectures "Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature" is a great deal - available as video or audio download, or on DVD or CD for the physical media fans. The first lecture covers Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, but the entire course sounds very interesting.
Perhaps the best example is Frodo Baggins, the meek hobbit hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. In his opening lecture, Professor Shippey explains how, after the horrors of global war, the world was waiting for a down-to-earth hero, someone called to duty rather than born strong and fearless.
This sums up the course very well, I think:
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the course is that it covers the high and the low. Rather than employing the traditional academic approach to “theme” and “symbolism” and dense critical language, Professor Shippey is interested in story, with its entertainment value and memorable characters.
As such, he covers some canonical favorites—Homer, Virgil, Chaucer—but he also gives considerable attention to characters often ignored in academia, such as the “New Romancers” of the late 19th century and the fantasy writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The result is an enjoyable approach to the great stories across the ages.
At the heart of the course is Professor Shippey himself, a charming, top-notch storyteller who is as engrossed in (and moved by) these stories as we are. But as a true authority on his subject, he offers a unique viewpoint and fresh insights to every lecture, making this course a memorable—and moving—experience.
Professor Shippey books include The Road to Middle-earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology and J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, and he has written numerous other books and articles on Tolkien, Grimm, Beowulf, and other topics. One random tidbit I was not previously aware of until reading the "about the author" blurb on this Great Courses set is that he was also an adviser on pronunciation for Peter Jackson’s three Lord of the Rings movies.
via Nancy Martsch
|May 5, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 6766)|
Two books in a single lot are coming up for auction on May 14th, if you are interested.
Dominic Winter Auctioneers
Viewing: Tuesday 13th May, 9am-7pm & morning of sale from 9am
Sale #51414, commencing at 10 AM May 14th 2014
Lot 465: Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings, pub. George Allen & Unwin, 1969, two folding maps, orig. cloth gilt, blocked design to upper board, spine lightly faded, 8vo, in orig. slightly rubbed slipcase, together with The Hobbit or There and Back Again, de luxe ed., pub. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. for the Folio Society, 1976, col. frontis. and plts., publisher’s qtr. sheep gilt, gilt blocked design to upper board and spine, 8vo, contained in orig. slipcase The first volume listed is the first India paper edition. 
[Update] - Did not sell
|April 23, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 9785)|
The official Tolkien Online website is having a special from now to April 30th to buy the trade hardcover of The Fall of Arthur for 50% off list price. Shipping is free for those of you in the UK, as well.
This incredible works tells of Arthur's expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, Guinevere's flight from Camelot and the great sea-battle on Arthur's return to Britain.
The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R Tolkien into the legends of Arthur - King of Britain, is regarded as his finest and most skilful achievement in the use of Old English alliterative metre.
Enter code FOATOLKIEN50 at checkout and take advantage of this exclusive promotion.
*Purchase it today for £7.49, instead of the usual £14.99. The promotion lasts until 30th April.
|April 9, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 13255)|
Janet Croft sends along the contents of the latest issue of Mythlore - looking like a lot of good reading material! You can order a copy through the Mythopoeic Society webpage - while you are there, consider becoming a member of the organization if you aren't already.
A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature
Issue 124 Volume 32, Number 2 Spring/Summer 2014
Janet Brennan Croft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Tolkien in Love: Pictures from Winter 1912-1913
Nancy Bunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Divine Surgeons at Work: The Presence and Purpose of the Dream Vision in Till We Have Faces
Erin K. Wagner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Tolkien’s Faërian Drama: Origins and Valedictions
Janet Brennan Croft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Subverting Mythopoeic Fantasy: Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes
Grzegorz Trębicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
“They Have Quarreled with the Trees”: Perverted Perceptions of “Progress” in the Fiction Series of C.S. Lewis
Deborah Klein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Artemis at Ragnarok: E.R. Eddison’s Queen Antiope
Joseph Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
From Children’s Book to Epic Prequel: Peter Jackson’s Transformation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Frank P. Riga, Maureen Thum, and Judith Kollmann . . . . . . .97
Pillaging Middle-earth: Self-plagiarism in Smith of Wootton Major
Josh B. Long. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
The Art of Detection in a World of Change: The Silver Chair and Spenser Revisited
Charles A. Huttar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
Reviews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165
Items reviewed in this issue include:George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity by Daniel Gabelman; The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy by Monika B. Hilder; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as translated by John Gardner; Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal by Joseph Campbell; The Riddles of the Hobbit by Adam Roberts; The Modern Literary Werewolf by Brent Stypczynski; Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings, edited by Susan Redington Bobby; C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos, edited by Judith Wolfe and Brendan Wolfe; The Ideal of Kingship in the Writings of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien by Christopher Scarf; The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver et al; J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest and the City, edited by Helen Conrad O’Briain and Gerard Hynes; and two journal issues, Tolkien Studies X and Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review 30.
|April 7, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 9912)|
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).
|April 6, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 6344)|
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
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."
Sold for £15,000
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."
|January 2, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 28330)|
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
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)
|December 5, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 33530)|
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
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
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
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
|December 5, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 33089)|
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
Tolkien, J. R. R.
BOSTON AND NEW YORK: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO., 1938
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
Tolkien, J. R. R.
ホビットの冒険 [The Hobbit]
TOKYO: IWANAMI SHOTEN, 1965
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
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings
LONDON: GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN, 1954-1955
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
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings
BOSTON: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY, 1954-56
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
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