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Upcoming Bloomsbury auction books
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Bloomsbury has an upcoming auction with some interesting Tolkien titles:

"June Book Fairs Bibliophile Sale" on 11 June 2008 at 1.00pm (lots 1-482) and Thursday 12th June at 1.00pm (lots 483-855) precisely.

Viewing beforehand on

Saturday 7th June from 11.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 8th June from 12noon to 5.00pm

Monday 9th June from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Tuesday 10th June from 9.30am to 8.00pm

Wednesday 11th June from 9.30am to 12noon

Thursday 12th June from 9.30am to 12noon


380. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, map of the Shire, folding map at end, spotting to endpapers, splitting, 1 f. detached with tape to inside margin, backstrip crudely attached to covers, 1954; The Two Towers, folding map, spotting to later ff., lacking backstrip, 1955; The Return of the King, folding map, second state with sagging text on p. 49, spotting to endpapers, backstrip becoming detached, 1955, first editions, previous owner’s name on front free endpaper, original cloth, worn and marked, 8vo.

Estimates £600 - £800




381. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The War of the Ring, 1990; Sauron Defeated, 1992; Morgoth’s Ring, small tear near head of jacket spine, 1993, edited by Christopher Tolkien, first editions, vol.VIII, IX & X respectively of the History of Middle-earth series, original boards, dust-jackets, near fine copies, 8vo (3)

Estimates £200 - £300




382. Tolkien (J.R.R.) and E.V.Gordon, editors. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, first edition, frontispiece, original green cloth, gilt, crudely rebacked with cloth, 8vo, Oxford, 1925.

Estimates £100 - £150




383. Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Lewis (Alan, editor) The Ruins of Osgiliath, number 59 of 100 copies signed by the editor and artist, decorations, illustrations and bookplates by Ruth Lacon, introductory letter loosely inserted, original cloth, lettered in silver, a fine copy, folio, Shropshire, 1995.

Estimates £250 - £350

Posted on: 2008/5/27 16:54
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Signed Tolkien letter on eBay
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Carl Hostetter spotted this on eBay and passed on the link in case anyone is interested (perhaps not to buy at that price, but the letter and signature are fully legible in the pictures provided so you can read and enjoy it.) Neither he nor I am affiliated with the seller.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140235215675

A quote from the letter:
"I am personally averse to dramatizations of my work, especially of The Lord of the Rings, which is too long for reproduction without severe cutting and editings: in my view destructive, or at best severely damaging to a complicated but closely-woven story."

Posted on: 2008/5/27 16:43
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How do you collect - June poll
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Discussion welcome - please post here if you choose "other" as one of the poll options. You can of course choose as many or as few options as you like, you are not limited to one.

Posted on: 2008/5/27 16:31
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Those confounded spaces
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Hi all,

I've been noticing of late that most books published with Tolkien's initials have no spaces (in other words, they look like "J.R.R." instead of "J. R. R."). This was not so common in the past, if you go back through older publications.

I thought it might just be a printing style or some such, but in recent works (for example, I did a sample check of Tolkien Studies), only Tolkien's initials are compressed - other initials have spaces between the letters and periods.

Is this something the Estate prefers, or just shorthand that everyone is adopting? Anyone know, or have opinions?

Posted on: 2008/5/26 12:29
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Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Thanks for the link! Very handy for the search function, and fun to browse (so I don't crack the flaking spine on my paperback if nothing else).

Posted on: 2008/5/26 2:16
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