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Seller: dogfark
100.0% positive
Machynlleth, GB
Ends Aug 24, 2022 9:57:21 AM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
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Condition: Used
We are pleased to offer a handwritten letter from Edith Tolkien to Pamela Chandler, along with an original photos taken by Chandler around the same time. After taking official photos for Allen & Unwin, they were so pleased with her work, she became the Tolkien family photographer. Handwritten, signed letters from Edith Tolkien are extremely rare. Her signature appears on a number of items sold over the years like event menus and is easily verified. The photo has the copyright information on the back and is of the Tolkien's looking at a Japanese version of The Hobbit. Both come with our company Certiifcate of authenticity, COA. We have been Tolkien dealers for more than 20 years. Please note, we intentionally ink the photo so it couldn't be scanned/ copied. The letter and photo have no flaws. Pamela was the go-to photographer for major literary publishers including Allen and Unwin who were the publishers of works by Professor JRR Tolkien. Tolkien famously did not like having his photograph taken, but in 1961, Allen & Unwin commission Pamela to take a formal portrait photograph of him and he liked it so much that she became Tolkien’s photographer of choice and whenever he was interviewed he would request that Pamela’s photographs of him where used. They became friends, and in 1966 Tolkien personally commissioned her to take a series of informal photographs of him in both in his garden with his wife Edith and in his study, one of which includes his hand drawn map of Middle Earth and his diary for the week. Pamela was also commissioned to photograph Rayner Unwin, who aged 10 was the first reader of the manuscript of The Hobbit and it was Rayner who persuaded his publisher father, George Unwin, to publish the book.Pamela grew up in London, daughter of the famous conjurer and ventriloquist Claude Chandler, one time Vice-President of the Magic Circle. After leaving Campden School for Girls, she worked briefly as a film extra at various studios including Pinewood, Denham and Elstree, before a chance meeting led her to secure an photographic apprenticeship at the Landseer Photographic Studio in the heart of the West End. After only six months, Max Andrews, a magician friend of Pamela’s father, contacted her and explained that he had taken premises for a magic shop which also included a photographic studio and that he required a photographer, so Pamela went into partnership with Max at his South Molton Street premises. Max concentrated on running the magic shop, leaving Pamela free rein to run the photographic studio. In these early days, she did all the photography and printing herself which gave her a solid bedrock for her career. After a year or so Max disappeared and Pamela was forced to wind up the business, it was then that she set off on her three month tour of Europe having negotiated a deal with an autobyk manufacturer to provide her with an autobyk and paniers in return for her taking promotional photographs on her travels.
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