THE HOBBIT OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN. ...
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Lyon and Turnbull - job lot with offprints

Jun 12 - By Urulókë

Most of the books included in this lot are quite common, but there's an offprint of Middle English "Losenger" hiding in here that might be of interest to some.

Auction will run on Wed, 23rd Jun 2021

Lot 163. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. - 6 VOLUMES, COMPRISING
The Silmarillion. 1977, First edition, 2 copies, dustwrappers, not price clipped, one very slightly faded; Tolkien, J.R.R. Smith of Wooton Major. 1967. First edition, small 8vo, original pictorial boards, very slightly rubbed; Tolkien, J.R.R. Mr Bliss. 1982, dustwrapper not price clipped; Tolkien, J.R.R. Beowulf the Monsters and the Critics. Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture British Academy, 1936. 1958, 8vo, original wrappers; Tolkien, J.R.R. Middle English "Losenger", 1953, offprint of Essais de Philologie Moderne (1951). Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1953, 8vo, original wrappers (6)

Estimate
£200 - £300


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Númenórean carpet event from Aubusson

Jun 10 - By Urulókë

The following report is written by Denis Bridoux Vanyarin and republished here with his kind permission.

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After a long gap for obvious reasons, back from Aubusson where the first Númenórean carpet was released from its loom on Friday June 4th.

It’s a remarkable piece. One of two which Tolkien drew in early December 1960 (Pictures, no. 46, bottom left). It is 4.6m x 3.3m and weighs about 100kg. It was woven in wool in the simple knot Savonnerie method by the Manufacture Four https://www.aubusson-manufacture.com/ which has a long-standing monopoly on the process and made, among others, the Guernica tapestry which hang for many years at the United Nations. The carpet required 1600 hours of weaving. In total, 9 people worked on it from conception to completion. Seeing it at close range is amazing.

This was a highly emotional experience for all. Christopher's wife, Baillie Tolkien was present for the release and she was much affected by it. Much as she loved all the previous works which have been released so far, and had already given her full satisfaction, she admitted that this one had quite a unique effect on her. What made the piece extra special, she explained in French, is that, unlike the previous ones which were recreations of existing artwork in another medium, this was a completion, a realization of a carpet that Tolkien had designed a cartoon for in his mind in 1960, but never saw in real life. Baillie had prepared some notes but, seeing the piece, spoke without calling upon them. She finished by referring to Niggle who, seeing his Tree in full growth, exclaimed: “It’s a gift.

In addition to Conversation with Smaug and the replacement of several other pieces (Lothlorien was sadly judged "too complex"), Aubusson will now release the full Moria Gate uniting the top and bottom sections, Beleg Find Flinding in the Forest of Taur-na-Fuin and The Gardens of the Merking’s Palace. The choice of the latter two was made based on suggestions I had made to the team when I had shown them the restored versions of the illustrations at my first visit some years ago (time flies), and they were immediately convinced that they would make wonderful tapestries. They will also release Christopher’s original Map of Middle-earth in carpet format (albeit without the Umbar section which would have imbalanced the work and is mainly white). The sample of it that I have seen is impressive.

This may not, however, be the sum total of works reproduced in woven form, as Baillie said to me, when I asked her about a possible weaving of the other Númenórean carpet, that if Aubusson made her further project proposals, they would not be viewed unfavourably, so watch this space.

All this will depend on plans at Aubusson, as they are now getting involved in the weaving of several Miyasaki pieces. I have already seen one in the process of being woven by Patrick Guillot, who had produced some Tolkien carpets, and it is promising to be most spectacular.

The whole Tenture Tolkien will be exhibited together in a special hall in an extension to the Cité de la Tapisserie which is due to be opened in several years, as the contract with the architects was due to be signed that very evening.


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RR Auction - typed signed letter to Schiller 1957

Jun 9 - By Urulókë

Ending June 16th, RR Auction has a typed, signed letter from Tolkien to Andrew Schiller dated June 22, 1957 (Chronology, p. 536) that discusses Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

Estimate: $3000+


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Heritage Auctions - June 9 2021

Jun 9 - By Urulókë

Sorry for the late notice. Tomorrow the following lots are going under the live hammer at Heritage Auctions. I spoke with the staff there about provenance, and I am told the signed book have bookplates from the collection of Nan C. Scott, who visited Tolkien in Oxford with her husband in 1966. From Scull and Hammond's Chronology (2017), ?Late July or early August 1966 entry on p. 705, "Nan C. Scott and her husband visit Tolkien again, taking some books for him to sign."





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J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963. First American edition, later impressions. All signed by the author to the half-titles.

The Fellowship of the Ring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963. First American edition, thirteenth impression. Signed by the author to the half-title. Octavo. 423, [1] pages. Three illustrations after Tolkien and two maps (printed in red and black) after Tolkien's son, Christopher: Map of the Shire (page 24), The Ring inscription (page 59), The Gate of Moria (page [319]), the inscription on Balin's Tomb (page 333), large folding map (mounted to rear free endpaper recto). Publisher's blue cloth, upper board and spine lettered in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket after Walter Lorraine. Corners bumped and rubbed, head and foot of spine pushed and worn, light soiling to head of spine and small stain to front board. Cream endpapers; bookplate to front free endpaper recto. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; 3-inch closed tear to fold-out map closed with cellotape but not affecting image, minor intermittent foxing, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.95); heavy edgewear and losses, spine sunned, toned, rubbed and worn, irregular open tears to head and foot of spine panel and corners, spine panel heavily repaired with cellotape to recto and verso, tape toned. Very good book with fair dust jacket.

[Together with]: The Two Towers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963. First American edition, tenth impression. Signed by the author to the half-title. Octavo. 352 pages. Illustrated with one large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, printed in red and black and mounted to rear free endpaper recto. Publisher's blue cloth, upper board and spine lettered in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket after Walter Lorraine. Sprung, corners bumped and rubbed, head and foot of spine pushed and worn. Cream endpapers; bookplate to front free endpaper recto. Internally clean, all edges trimmed; gutter cracked at half-title page, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.95); heavy edgewear and losses, spine sunned, toned, rubbed and worn, irregular open tears to head and foot of spine panel and corners, spine panel repaired with cellotape to recto.

[And]: The Return of the King. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963. First American edition, tenth impression. Signed by the author to the half-title. Octavo. 416 pages. Illustrated with one large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, printed in red and black and mounted to rear free endpaper recto. Publisher's blue cloth, upper board and spine lettered in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket after Walter Lorraine. Cream endpapers; plate to front free endpaper recto. Corners bumped and rubbed, head and foot of spine pushed and worn. Internally clean, all edges trimmed; gutter cracked at half-title page, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.95); heavy edgewear and losses, spine sunned, toned, rubbed and worn, irregular open tears to head and foot of spine panel and corners, spine panel repaired with cellotape to recto and verso, tape toned. Very good book with good dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $30,000




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J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1954-1955. First editions, first impressions, with original illustrated dust jackets.

The Fellowship of the Ring. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1954. First edition, first impression, with signature mark "4" to page 49. Octavo. 423, [1, colophon). Three illustrations after Tolkien and two maps (printed in red and black) after Tolkien's son, Christopher: Map of the Shire (page 24), The Ring inscription (page 59), The Gate of Moria (page [319]), the inscription on Balin's Tomb (page 333), large folding map (mounted to rear free endpaper recto). Publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket. Head and foot of spine just pushed, gilt to spine somewhat darkened, 0.75-inch narrow stain to upper board. Cream endpapers; light pencil mark to front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained red; stain to top edge unevenly faded, minor text block edgewear. Dust jacket unclipped (21s); spine and top edges sunned, light stain to front panel at spine fold, 0.5-inch closed tear to head of spine, minor edgewear. Near fine book with near fine dust jacket.

[Together with]: The Two Towers. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1954. First edition, first impression, with signature mark "4" to page 49. Octavo. 352 pages. Illustrated with one large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, printed in red and black and mounted to rear free endpaper recto. Publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket. Head and foot of spine just pushed, gilt to spine somewhat darkened, minor soiling along joints and to the upper corner of the lower board. Cream endpapers; some offsetting. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained red; stain to top edge unevenly faded, minor text block edgewear. Dust jacket unclipped (21s); spine and top edges sunned, minor edgewear. Near fine book with near fine dust jacket.

[And]: The Return of the King. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1955. First edition, first impression, third state with signature mark "4" to page 49. Octavo. 416 pages. Illustrated with one large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, printed in red and black and mounted to rear free endpaper recto. Publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket. Head and foot of spine just pushed, gilt to spine somewhat darkened, minor soiling along joints and to the upper corner of the lower board. Cream endpapers; some offsetting, minor foxing. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained red; stain to top edge unevenly faded, minor text block edgewear, minor intermittent foxing chiefly to edges. Dust jacket unclipped (21s); spine and top edges sunned, minor edgewear, minor foxing to back panel. Near fine book with near fine dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $47,500




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J. R. R. Tolkien. Tree and Leaf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965. First American edition, first printing. Signed the by author to the half-title. 16mo. 112 pages. Publisher's blue cloth, spine and upper board lettered in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket. Minor edgewear, small abrasion to foot of spine. Blue-green endpapers; ink ownership to front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained orange; minor text block edgewear. Dust jacket unclipped ($4.00); minor edgewear, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with some losses, 2-inch closed tear to front panel closed on verso with cellotape, somewhat toned to white portions but colors still bright, small dampstain to back panel at rear flap fold. Near fine book with very good dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $5,750




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J. R. R. Tolkien. Farmer Giles of Ham. Edinburgh, New York, Toronto: Thomas Nelson & Sons, [1961]. Early American mixed issue with cancel title page, stated "fifth impression" to the front flap of the dust jacket. Signed by the author to the half-title. Octavo. 78, [2] pages. Illustrated with two plates and text illustrations by Pauline Diana Baynes. Publisher's pictorial pale-yellow textured paper with a dragon stamped in blue to the upper board (after text illustration on page 42), spine lettered in blue; original illustrated dust jacket by Pauline Diana Baynes. Foot of spine just pushed. Endpapers illustrated with a repeating pattern of the dragon in blue on white paper; bookplate and ink ownership to front free endpaper recto and ink gift inscription to verso. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; pages 43-48 creased in lower corner but not affecting text. Dust jacket unclipped ($3.00), imprint at the foot of spine reads "Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin; minor edgewear, spine sunned, light chipping to head and foot of spine and corners, minor soiling to back panel. Near fine book with near fine dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $3,875




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J. R. R. Tolkien, E. V. Gordon [editors]. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1925. First edition. Octavo. 211, [1, colophon] pages; laid paper with watermark, errata slip at page [vii]. Illustrated with two black and white photographic plates with tissue guards. Publisher's pictorial green cloth, ruled in gilt and with axe ornament in gilt to the center of the upper board, spine stamped in gilt; original printed dust jacket. Corners rubbed, head and foot of spine pushed and somewhat worn. Cream endpapers; bookplate to front pastedown, small pencil notation to rear pastedown. Internally generally clean and tight, edges untrimmed; somewhat foxed, chiefly to front and back of text block and edges, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket without a price listed; minor edgewear, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with some losses, creased at folds, somewhat foxed and soiled. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $4,500




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J. R. R. Tolkien. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963. First American edition, first printing stated on the copyright page. Signed by the author to the half-title page. Octavo. 63, [1] pages. Full-color illustrated boards, rounded spine lettered in black; original illustrated dust jacket by Pauline Baynes. Minor edgewear, head and foot of spine pushed. White endpapers; bookplate to front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed. Dust jacket price clipped; chipping to head and foot of spine and corners, spine sunned, minor edgewear. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $6,875




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J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit. Or, There and Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., no date [circa 1963]. Second American edition, presumed 15-17th impression. Signed by the author to the half-title. Lacking color frontispiece or red coloring to maps; with the original description of the revised edition beginning with "In this reprint several minor inaccuracies..." on page [10]; The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Farmer Giles of Ham, and [The] Lord of the Rings advertised to the half-title page verso; advertisement for LOTR printed 42 mm below the final line of text and with "about" misprint.

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $13,750
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Dominic Winter - Hobbit for Auction - Thu, 17th Jun 2021

May 28 - By Jlong

Lot 549 (Children's & Illustrated Books, Private Press & Fine Bindings, Modern First Editions, Thu, 17th Jun 2021)

Estimate £700 - £1,000

Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit or There and Back Again, 1st edition, 2nd impression, London: George Allen & Unwin, 1937, colour frontispiece, colour and monochrome plates and illustrations, map endpapers (slightly toned), original green pictorial cloth, spine a little toned and rubbed at ends, slight lean, 8vo

The second impression, published in the same year as the first, and the first with the colour plates.


https://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/Auctio ... False&sd=0&pp=48&pn=1&g=1

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