Bodleian Library Publishing Spring 2018 Catalog

Feb 15 - By Urulöké

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For anyone interested, the Bodleian Publishing catalogue for Spring 2018 is available to download in PDF format. It still has the old description of the Collector's edition in it, so I don't expect that is accurate, but there are lovely full page illustrations of Tolkien's artwork in it. Looks nice!

I am trying to get them to mail me a physical copy. If anyone happens upon a method to order one (or can pick one up for me when run across), could you let me know? Thanks!
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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition will come to New York City in 2019

Feb 15 - By Urulöké


The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City will be hosting the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition from January to May 2019 after its initial run in the Bodleian Museum in the UK later this year.

The following important details have been confirmed so far:
* The exhibition will be slightly smaller - not all shown in the UK will make the trip to the USA for the exhibition
* The regular museum admission is required to see the exhibition (currently this is $20 per adult). The Bodleian exhibition is free admission
* The Bodleian exhibition catalog will be available to purchase at the Morgan exhibition, along with other Tolkien related books and merchandise

[UPDATE] The Morgan will not be showing items related to Tolkien's other writings, such as Roverandom, nor his academic work. Also, there are more family items in the Bodleian exhibition that won't be traveling to New York. They will be showing, however, the majority of items related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.​

More information to come as available.
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Dr. Rhona Beare's copy of The Monsters and the Critics on ABEBooks

Feb 15 - By Urulöké

Hawthorn Books has listed the personal copy of The Monsters and the Critics owned (and annotated by) Dr. Rhona Beare on ABEBooks. beare_monsters.jpg

£90.00 / approx US$128.71

The bookseller's description says it is a first edition in near fine/near fine condition, with Dr. Rhona Beare's signature on the ffep and rear pastedown and quite a few neat annotations to the text by her.

Not an unreasonable price for a first edition in good condition, and the association is interesting.
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Heritage Auctions lots ending March 7 - LOTR early set and 1920 Book of Fairy Poetry

Feb 14 - By Urulöké

Heritage Auctions latest auction has two Tolkien related lots that may be of interest. The auction ends March 7, 2018 with live bidding, but online bids are accepted at any time.

J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings. London: [1959-1960]. First edition, later printings heritage-lotr-3-7-2018.jpeg
The Fellowship of the Ring. London: George Allen and Unwin, [1960]. First edition, eighth impression. Octavo. Publisher's red cloth, in original dust jacket. Cloth edgeworn and rubbed. Jacket soiled and worn at edges; spine ends chipped; wear at folds. Interior toned with occasional touches of thumbsoiling. [Together with:] The Two Towers. London: George Allen and Unwin, [1959]. First edition, sixth impression. Octavo. Publisher's cloth in original dust jacket. Jacket soiled overall; corners and spine ends frayed with some creasing around spine; spine darkened; reddish dampstain to front panel near joint. Cloth dampstained along lower edge interior toned; several pages dogeared. [And:] The Return of the King. London: George Allen and Unwin, [1959]. First edition, fifth impression. Octavo. Publisher's red cloth in original dust jacket. Jacket soiled; front panel rubbed; large dampstain to rear panel; spine ends chipped with resulting creases; folds worn. Cloth dampstained; mild toning to pages. Each volume in good condition overall, housed together in a custom slipcase. From the Collection of Daniel J. King.

[J. R. R. Tolkien, contributor]. Dora Owen, editor. The Book of Fairy Poetry. London: 1920. heritage-fairy-poetry-3-7-2018.jpeg
[J. R. R. Tolkien, contributor]. [Warick Goble, illustrator]. Dora Owen, editor. The Book of Fairy Poetry. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1920. First edition. Large octavo. [4], x, 180 pages; frontispiece and fifteen illustrated plates tipped to heavy green paper and inserted throughout, tissue guards. Recent dark blue crushed morocco, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, compartments lettered or stamped in gilt; boards tooled in gilt; marbled endpapers; original illustrated endpapers bound in at front, original cloth front cover and backstrip laid down and inserted at rear. Backstrip faintly dulled; boards very lightly rubbed. Text lightly tanned but pages still quite supple. Near fine. Includes the first illustrated publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's "Goblin's Feet." From a Private Collection in St. Charles, IL.
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Tickets available for Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition

Feb 13 - By Trotter

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You can book free tickets, plus a £1 GBP booking fee, for the Bodleian Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition at this link,

The exhibition is on from 1st June – 28th October 2018, but if you planning on visiting on the 1st June then try and get tickets for 12 o'clock, so that we can meet up.
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