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|April 23, 2014 — Urulöké (Views: 9952)|
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: 13445)|
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: 10140)|
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: 6515)|
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: 28530)|
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: 33712)|
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: 33210)|
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
|August 29, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 38090)|
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.
10 September 2013
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
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
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, 
Estimate: £300 - 500 | US$ 470 - 780 | €350 - 580
Result: £400 (US$ 649) including premium
|August 13, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 36051)|
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:
|July 22, 2013 — Urulöké (Views: 44429)|
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.
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