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News from Jef Murray
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Greetings!

Well, it never rains but it pours! Here are a couple of news items that I thought folks would like to know about. Information about both of these is also posted on my website at http://www.JefMurray.com

- The Tolkien Library (http://www.TolkienLibrary.com ) has just posted an extensive interview that Pieter Collier and I had on the development of the illustrations for "Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien". You can read the interview, which also includes a few of the illustrations from the book, at: http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/pres/85 ... nd_White_Ogre_Counrty.php

- The second issue of Silver Leaves, the journal of the White Tree Fund (see http://www.whitetreefund.org ) is now out. It focuses on the Inklings, and somewhat more specifically on C.S. Lewis than the other members of that august society. The editors of the journal kindly used several of my Narnia-inspired paintings to complement the other illustrations in the issue. Please take a look!

My February newsletter should also be out in a week or so, and there should be some additional newsworthy items included in it!

Nai i Cala oio-siluva (may the Light ever-shine)

Jef

Posted on: 2009/1/30 23:13
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Re: Tolkien Signed Book
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I had the same thought.

There is bound to be the occasional questionable signature through any channel (auction houses, dealer, eBay), and to his credit the Tolkien Bookshelf does a good job bringing a large number of signed items to market at reasonable prices. In order to get lower prices on signed Tolkien items, you have to be willing to accept less provenance or a complete lack of it.

That is a risk that David seems to be willing to take, too - carrying items with lack of provenance runs the risk of getting his reputation tarnished when something is "identified" as a fake. (It is a whole separate topic to discuss when something that a handful of experts calls a fake, when there are likely other experts out there who think it is real.) To David's enduring credit, he has pulled from sale every item that has reached "fake" consensus that I know of.

This one at a cursory level looks pretty good to me. Looks like a fountain pen rather than a ball-point, and nothing obviously wrong with it.

Posted on: 2009/1/27 10:59
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Re: Bakshi Lord of the Rings Doodle Kit?
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Hi Urban,

I have a little information online already about the doodle-kits -

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/w ... p?page=Bakshi+Doodle+Kits

I think those are the ones you are talking about. Unfortunately no images online yet, though Fangorn might be able to provide those. Do these sound like what you are looking for?

If they are, and you do get some pics eventually, I would love if you share the photos so I can post them in the Guide. Thanks!

p.s. I have some of the books illustrated with the animated cel art from the Bakshi movie. I will see what I can post over the next few days about them.

Posted on: 2009/1/26 17:04
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Re: Trade sword for History of Middle-Earth set.
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Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of "holy grails" out there in Tolkien collecting - my particular highlight was just of the US first editions of the History of Middle-earth books. UK firsts, various combined books like those you mentioned, etc. all have their own scarcity and desirability curves.

That's the fun in all of this!

Posted on: 2009/1/22 14:11
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Re: Trade sword for History of Middle-Earth set.
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Baker and Taylor report:

BOLT I - in print and in hand ("available")
BOLT II - available
Lays - in print, available for back order from the publisher ("back order")
Shaping - available
Lost Road - "Publisher out of stock" (but possible to try and back order)
Return of the Shadow - back order
Treason of Isengard - back order
War of the Ring - back order
Sauron Defeated - available
Jewels - back order
Morgoth - available
Peoples - available


Note for Lost Road, that publisher "out of stock" is different from "permanently out of stock" - this means that a new impression will be issued if/when demand requires it.

Posted on: 2009/1/22 10:41
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