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Dominic Winters Auctions 21st January 2021

Dec 19, 2020 - By Trotter

On Line Auction that has some Tolkien Items

Lot 614: * Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel, 1892-1973).


  • Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel, 1892-1973). English Writer, Poet, Philologist, and Academic. Autograph Letter Signed, 'JRR Tolkien', 1 Alfred Street, St. Giles, Oxford, 17 March 1920, to Miss Duncan, enclosing a 'mixed bag' of 50 possible examination questions on the Old English period and lamenting his general lack of time for anything, 'They are not intended to be models of clear questioning, but to suggest enquiries. The easily available critical writings that might help are all too few. I hope some time to make out something like a select bibliography, but I am enormously pressed for time this vacation...', neatly written in blue ink, light horizontal fold crease, 2 pp., small 8vo (14.5 x 11 cm), together with the 3-page folio typescript referred to, entitled 'Old English Literature Questions (miscellaneous)', with many annotations by Tolkien in his holograph, upwards of 37 words together with numerous minor emendations correcting mistyping and adding accents to various old English words, one annotation in an unidentified hand, a little creasing and marks to upper left corners where previously stapled, 3 leaves, 4to

Qty: (2)

This early letter was written 3 months before Tolkien was interviewed and ultimately appointed as reader in English language at Leeds University; a post that was later converted into a professorship.

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Estimate: £2000-£3000 (GBP)
Bids as at December 19 - No bid

The envelope is being sold separately for this item as part of Lot 630

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Lot 891: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 2nd edition, 5th impression, 1951



Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 2nd edition (5th impression), London: George Allen & Unwin, 1951, colour frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers, top edge green, original green pictorial cloth, dust jacket, spine a little toned, a few small chips and tears, 8vo


A good copy of the 2nd edition, the 5th printing overall, and notable for the revisions by Tolkien to chapter 5, 'Riddles in the Dark'. As Tolkien was writing The Lord of the Rings he became aware of the inconsistencies in the character of Gollum, who originally was less demented and corrupted by his association with the Ring, and therefore at odds with his desperate obsession with the Ring in Lord of the Rings, hence the substantial revisions to chapter 5 in this present edition.

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Estimate : £500-£800 (GBP)
Bids as at January 8 - £500

Lot 897: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, 12 volumes, 1984-1996



Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, 12 volumes, London: George Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/HarperCollins, 1984-1996, comprising volume 1 4th impression, volumes 2-12 1st editions, original cloth, dust jackets, printed price to front flaps of volumes 3 & 5-12, slight fading to a few spines, 8vo, together with duplicates of volumes 1, 2, 4 & 6-9 all 1st editions (except volume I, 7th impression, 1988)

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Estimate : £300-£500 (GBP)
Bids as at December 20 - No bid
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The Twelve Tolkien's of Christmas

Dec 13, 2020 - By onthetrail

Hi all, depending where we all are in the world we are roughly 12 days until Christmas so I wanted a fun simple thread listing our most useful books related to Tolkien research with links for UK and US for anyone who happens by the site. I am sure we have had more traffic of late and some may well benefit from a quick and easy guide to useful publications. It doesn't have to be anything lengthy or too complicated. Just a brief note and the publication, or go wild and give us a full on review.

So with that I will start off with an obvious one. I hope others will list theirs too.

The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2017 revised 3 volume edition) by none other than Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond. We all know this work but for those not familiar Scull and Hammond open their preface saying

THIS BOOK has been designed, in both its original edition (2006) and the present revised and expanded edition, to serve as a reference of (at least) first resort for the study and appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It is meant to be a companion to his readers, and a basic guide to his writings and ideas, his life and times, his family, friends, and colleagues, and the places he knew and loved.

It has become a box I use almost daily and I am still finding new and exciting pieces of information as my research continues into Tolkien's writings, life and times. Having these 3 volumes is like having a library at ones fingertips. Unlike most writers Scull and Hammond are never content to stop at the published texts and add updates to their WEBSITE where readers can find corrections and most impressive, updates and new additions. They also maintain a fantastic blog with a wealth of Tolkien related posts.

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Sothebys auction December 16th - rebound first editions, one signed

Dec 11, 2020 - By Urulókë

Sotheby's is having an online auction on December 16th, 2020 from their New York office, titled 'Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Selections from the Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman'. It has two lots that are Tolkien related, both of which already have multiple bids with reserve met (if any).

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Lot 263 - Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., [1937]

8vo (187 x 130 mm). Frontispiece, 8 plates and one vignette by Tolkien, advertisement leaf at end; . Full green morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, upper cover with gilt motif of Smaug the dragon in lower right corner, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original cartographic endpapers bound in.

Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 (USD)
Final bid: $16,380

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Lot 264 - Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, uniformly and handsomely bound

The Fellowship of the Ring. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1954 — The Two Towers. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1955 — The Return of the King. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1955. All 8vo (135 x 219 mm). Half-titles, The Fellowship of the Ring signed by Tolkien, folding maps printed in red and black tipped in at end; minor toning, one or two stray spots. Modern full green crushed morocco, covers with gilt rules, spines with raised bands in six compartments, second and third with gilt-lettered brown morocco labels, others with repeat gilt rules and cornerpieces, topstained burgundy, marbled endpapers; minor scuffs or indentations to upper cover of The Two Towers, some spotting to fore-edges. First editions, first printings, signed by Tolkien on the general half-title of The Fellowship of the Ring.

[Update - the signature has been called into question]

Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 (USD)
Final bid: $40,320
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Tolkien site sale

Dec 2, 2020 - By Urulókë

92163A6B-54EB-4841-9F2A-1888835498D5.jpeg Is having a 20% off sale for the next two weeks for everything on the site. This might be a good time to get a PoD Index or similar if you have been on the fence.
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