Tolkien Collector's Guide

Bonham's Fine Books Auction - June 20, 2018

Yesterday - By Urulöké

Bonham's is having an auction on June 20, 2018 that has three lots with Tolkien books, including a first impression Hobbit, a second impression Hobbit, and a set of The Lord of the Rings that includes a first impression of The Fellowship of the Ring.


hobbit 246 bonhams june 2018.png Lot 246 - TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Hobbit or There and Back Again, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, George Allen & Unwin, 1937, frontispiece and 9 plates and illustrations (all but one full-page), advertisement leaf, map endpapers by the author printed in red and black, occasional finger-soiling, publisher's pictorial green cloth, top edges green, a little soiled and cocked, extremities worn with slight loss to cloth at foot of spine [Hammond A3(a)], 8vo. Provenance: David Bircumshaw, Christmas 1937, pencilled ownership inscription on fly-leaf.
£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,700 - 4,000

hobbit 247 bonhams june 2018.png Lot 247- TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Illustrated by the Author, FIRST EDITION, SECOND IMPRESSION, George Allen & Unwin, 1937, 13 plates and illustrations (4 colour including frontispiece, all but one full-page), advertisement leaf, map endpapers by the author printed in red and black, publisher's pictorial light green cloth, top edges green, dust-jacket, front flap price-clipped, corners and head and foot of spine chipped [cf. Hammond A3(a) and p.13], 8vo.
£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,700 - 4,000

lotr 248 bonhams june 2018.png Lot 248 - TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., FIRST EDITIONS, George Allen & Unwin, 1954-1957, first impression of The Fellowship of the Ring, fifth impression of The Two Towers, and third impression of The Return of the King, each with folding map at rear, Fellowship of the Ring with browning to endpapers and one leaf creased and torn without loss, publisher's cloth, dust-jackets slightly rubbed and soiled, spines browned and slightly frayed, preserved in original slipcase with printed label, 8vo.
£ 700 - 900
US$ 940 - 1,200
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Chiswick Auctions May 30 2018

May 23 - By Urulöké

Chiswick Auctions has two lots (one of five books, one of the Lord of the Rings) coming up in their May 30th auction. Online, absentee and phone bids are available.

As a personal aside, the blue color in the (2nd impression) Unfinished Tales is just stunning! Not often seen any more, as it fades so easily with exposure to light. That, and The Silmarillion jacket condition, are the highlights of these two lots I feel.

Lot 104 - Tolkien (J. R. R.).- [The Lord of The Rings Trilogy]

The Fellowship of The Ring, 12th edition [note - they mean "impression" here and futher] ; The Two Towers, 2nd edition, The Return of The King, FIRST EDITION, folding map after author's design printed in red and black at rear of each volume, publisher's red cloth, spines lettered and stamped in gilt, t.e.r., original pictorial dust jacket, Return of the King in the second state with reviewer blurbs for the first two titles on the rear flap, some toning to flyleaves, bindings rubbed with some occasional edgewear, dust jackets soiled, edges worn with short creased tears, jackets for Two Towers quite worn and torn, 8vo, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1962, 1955, 1955 (3)

Estimate: £400-£600
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Lot 105 - Tolkien (J. R. R.)

Five titles: Farmer Giles of Ham, 2nd impression, colour frontispiece, plate and illustrations by Pauline Baynes, in the original yellow boards with blue decoration and lettering, price clipped dust jacket, spine slightly browned and chipped, 1957; The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and other Verses from the Red Book, FIRST EDITION, original pictorial boards, tail of spine slightly bumped, dust jacket slightly chipped, 1962; Smith of Wooton Major, FIRST EDITION, publisher's boards (without jacket as issued), rubbed, 1967; The Silmarillion, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, original blue cloth, title and Tolkien's device stamped in gilt on spine, top edge blue, dust-jacket, 1977; and Unfinished Tales, second impression, original burgundy cloth, t.e.r., dust-jacket, 1980, 8vo, George Allen and Unwin (6) [note - only five volumes, not six as indicated]

Estimate: £300-£400

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2018 Galacian Hobbit

May 21 - By Urulöké

Sorry it took so long to find the time to post these, but I have received my copies of Moisés Barcia's translation of The Hobbit into Galician. It is a beautiful edition! The binding is nice (sewn), the boards are solid, the maps (and runes!) are translated too, the color plates are well reproduced (with the titles translated, but otherwise not modified) and the paper quality is thicker and of a creamy color rather than bright white, which I quite like. I am quite happy to add this edition to my collection!

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth update

May 14 - By Urulöké

Just a few weeks left until the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition opens to the public on June 1! Today the Bodleian shared a short video about some of Tolkien's original artwork on social media, with Catherine McIlwaine and Alan Lee speaking.

(It does not appear to be on their YouTube channel as of yet).

Also, if interested, there is a talk on the evening of June 5 as a part of the exhibition: Mythopoeia: myth-creation and Middle-earth. The speakers are Marina Warner, Dimitra Fimi and Verlyn Flieger, and the panel is moderated by Professor Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, St John's College. Tickets are £4 and must be booked in advance (more information at the link above).
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