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Seller: melk-or (323)
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Pointe-Claire, Quebec, CA
Ended Nov 19, 2018 10:42:12 PM
Category: Books:Antiquarian & Collectible
C $950.00
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A MIDDLE ENGLISH VOCABULARY designed for use with SISAM'S FOURTEENTH CENTURY VERSE & PROSE J.R.R. Tolkien A Middle English Vocabulary 1st Edition 1922 / 1st Printing / 1st Variant Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press Oxford / London Softcover Hammond: pp 1-2 1st impression - 1922 Only 2000 copies were printed with variants. This is the earliest variant of the 1st Impression, with 186 ornaments forming the frame on the front cover, advertisements at rear dated Oct 1921 and a corrigenda on the final page. This is Tolkien's earliest professional publication and most copies have not survived. This is a glossary of Middle English words and names compiled by Tolkien between 1919 and 1922 and was used as a supplement to Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose by Sisam. Original brown printed wrappers. Nicely intact and remarkable for its age and fragility. Printed typographically decorated wrappers. Spine shows some wear, with some surface loss at head and tail, but otherwise a remarkable and very good copy of this rare gem. Housed in a removable Brodart protector. Sisam was Tolkien's tutor of English Language and Literature, and was also involved with the OED. Oxford University Press asked him to write a compilation of fourteenth century verse and prose. By 1919, it was obvious to Sisam that he did not have the time to compile the glossary, so he asked Tolkien to do it. Tolkien took time from his work on the OED and continued to work on the glossary after his transfer to Leeds. Sisam's book was, in the end, published without the glossary, but later editions included Tolkien's masterful work. A rare opportunity to own the earliest variant of Tolkien's very first professionally published work. I have some other very scarce and collectible Tolkien books listed. Win more than one auction and save on shipping. Although my listings indicate that I am only shipping to North America, I am open to shipping to Europe but please message me for a shipping quote first as the shipping rates are for North America only. All shipments are tracked and insured through Canada Post.
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