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Tolkien Handwritten Postcard For Auction - Bonhams 12 June 2012

May 29, 2012 — Urulöké (Views: 16860)

Bonhams Tolkien Postcard Lot 150 June 2012

Thanks to Morgan for pointing this one out - Bonhams has a handwritten, signed postcard from 1938 (the auction entry originally said 1926 but has been corrected) up for auction. It is quite densely written and is a nice sampling of his handwriting.

Lot 150

Autograph postcard signed ("JRR Tolkien"), to Miss [Katherine or Kitty] Kilbride, giving news of the travails suffered that year and of his family, and complaining abut the state of Oxford in the age of Morris Motors; the card reproducing in colours Josef Madlener's Heilige Familie (published in series of six by F.A. Ackermann), one page, closely written in a minute hand, minor creasing to corners and discoloration but overall in fine and attractive condition, 8vo, [Oxford]

"Oxford is changing very fast and mostly (not wholly) for the worse. It is no longer a University town. The old dialect is driven off the streets, and the old shops are fast being replaced by the dreary semi-municipal architecture of a London suburb; the field for miles are covered with mass produced 'dormitories'. All to house an inessential (and indeed pernicious) industry [Morris Motors]. But people have done that sort of thing since the world began!"

The recipient is K.M. (Katherine or Kitty) Kilbride, who had met Tolkien when studying in Oxford, it is believed at a summer school, and is thought to have been teacher living at Bradford. Her copy of the The Hobbit was sold at Sotheby's New York, 13 December 2002, lot 152, for $75,000.

Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500
€1,200 - 1,900
US$ 1,600 - 2,400

A nice video on the physical book - Adrian Harrington and Jonathan Kearnes

May 23, 2012 — Urulöké (Views: 5974)

A nice video from people who clearly love books.

Autograph letters signed by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

May 21, 2012 — Morgan (Views: 4101)

Sold by The Manhattan Rare Book Company:

Letters and books- including an autograph letter by J.R.R. Tolkien and two autograph letters and an autograph note by C.S. Lewis- from the collection of Robert W. Burchfield. [...]
Autograph letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien to Burchfield dated June 11, 1972 and written from Merton College, apologizing for not returning the book (Kentish Place-Names) he borrowed.


Auction - 2003 Klett-Cotta German Illustrated Edition of The Lord of the Rings

May 10, 2012 — Urulöké (Views: 5485)

Klett-Cotta Lord of the Rings
Hauff and Auvermann is having an auction on June 2nd, 2012 which includes a special illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings produced by Klett-Cotta in 2003.


Description: Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel The Lord of the Rings. Translated from English by Wolfgang Krege. Special Edition. 3 vols (in 1 volume). With full-color book decorations, frontispieces and illustrations by Alexandra Remmes. Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, 2003. 1411 pp., 2 pp. Quarto. Eggshell-colored full leather binding with blind emboss. No. 199 of 1000 signed by the artist in the imprint. - Without the card and woolen gloves. - Like-new copy.

Original description from the auction house:

Der Herr der Ringe. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Wolfgang Krege. Sonderedition. 3 Bände (in 1 Band). Mit farbigem Buchschmuck, Initialen und Illustrationen von Alexandra Remmes. Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, 2003. 1411 S., 2 Bl. 4°. Eierschalenfarbener Ganzlederband mit blindgeprägtem Mittelstück im illustr. OPp.-Schuber.
Nr. 199 von 1000 (GA 1111) num. Exmplaren von der Künstlerin im Impressum signiert. - Ohne die Karte und die Wollhandschuhe. - Neuwertiges Exemplar.

Concert in Bristol featuring Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings Suite"

April 6, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 10403)

Bristol Concert Orchestra / Alexandra Wood (violin) - Saturday 30 June

Stefan Hofkes conductor
Alexandra Wood violin

Sibelius En Saga
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2
Shore Lord of the Rings Suite


- wellinghall

Signposts to Middle-earth

March 31, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 9363)

A new exhibition at Sarehole mill explores the connections of JRR Tolkien with the area around Sarehole Mill and the wider Birmingham area. Find out how the local landscape and local people inspired 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.


- wellinghall

Magicians, Golems and a Telepathic President

March 31, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 3002)

- a book review by Tom Shippey


- wellinghall

Robert Giddings obituary

March 30, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 2201)

Robert Giddings, author of Tolkien-related books "This Far Land" and "The Shores of Middle-earth", has died.


- wellinghall

A new chapter for rare book collecting

March 30, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 1026)

An article by Rick Gekoski, author of "Tolkien's Gown"


- wellinghall

Tolkien, Wales, and Brittany

February 21, 2012 — wellinghall (Views: 8865)

Tolkien, Wales, and Brittany

7 March, 16:30 to 18:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Carl Phelpstead (Cardiff University)

A staff and postgraduate research seminar.

Dr Carl Phelpstead has served on the Council of the Viking Society for Northern Research since 2001 and has been an editor of the Society’s journal Saga-Book since 2004 and co-editor of its Text Series since 2007. He is also currently on the committee of Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland.


- wellinghall

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