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TCG Letter #373

J.R.R. Tolkien
Dr Tolhurst
20 April 1973
Autograph Note Signed
Tolkien writes to his Physician Extraordinary (Doctor Tolhurst) and asks if he can go and stay with him and his wife. Tolkien also talks about the Middle-English poem Sumer is icumen in[1] and translates some of the text.
Bonhams auction noting signed copies of Tolkien's book. Added here for preservation., TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol. in one, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, publisher's pictorial wrappers, creased and rubbed, 8vo, George Allen, [1969] Footnotes The owner's wife's family were friends of Doctor Tolhurst, who attended Tolkien during his last illness. The owner notes that his wife's sister accompanied the doctor "to visit with some books to sign. He [Tolkien] signed several and when they were leaving they remembered that they had left mine in the car so they brought it back for him to sign. Later that evening he was taken into hospital and died".
Sotheby's English Literature, History, Fine Bindings, Private Press Books, Children's Books, Illustrated Books and Drawings 10 July 2003

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