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Signatures and Autographs forum
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I have created a separate forum for discussions of signatures/autographs and other handwriting samples, since I was having a hard time myself figuring out the best place to discuss these in the older forums - sometimes they were on books, sometimes on letters, etc.

I have moved some of the older discussions to the new forum, and will do a full pass later this week for archival purposes.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.

Posted on: 2008/12/15 11:14
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I swear I've seen these smears before...
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300281016708


This is a Smith of Wootton Major with a "signed bookplate". The signature itself looks okay to me (though it is a very small image), but I swear I have seen that exact pattern of ink smearing before - perhaps this is a copy, or I have seen copies of this? Anyone else?

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Posted on: 2008/12/15 10:57
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Re: Unusual Hobbit Edition?
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It's been a while since I've seen a library binding like this, but they are not unique. You can see another one over at skwishmi's webiste:

http://tolkien.skwishmi.com/guide/spechobbit.html

Posted on: 2008/12/10 0:47
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Re: ...and another one
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I have to echo Beren's experiences here - been in contact with a lot of sellers (and buyers back in the day when you could see who they were) and never saw anything good come of it, so I don't do it all the time any more.

I'll see if I can work something out with eBay (know a lot of people there, their offices are about two miles from me) for a better reporting process, but not likely to get a lot of institutional support.

Posted on: 2008/12/9 13:56
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Bloomsbury book auction on 12 December
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Their sale "Printed Books, Manuscripts and Artwork, including the Collections of Cecil & Desmond Harmsworth" has three Tolkien related lots. The auction runs on both 11 December and 12 December, with the Tolkien lots starting sometime after 2:00 on the 12th.


Viewing beforehand on
Tuesday 9th December from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 10th December from 9.30am to 8.00pm
Thursday 11th December from 9.30am to 1.00pm
Friday 12th December from 9.30am to 11.00am


972. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, second impression, ink name on front free endpaper, slight browning to jacket spine, otherwise very good, 1954; The Two Towers, first impression, bookplate on front pastedown, light staining and browning to spine, 1954; The Return of the King, first impression, third state, slight shelf lean, small split at 3 corners, foot of spine slightly frayed, small tape repairs to inside corners, 1955, first editions, maps, original cloth, dust-jackets, 8vo
Estimated at £2000 - £3000


1091. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, first edition, first impression, frontispiece and illustrations by the author, maps and original cloth covers and spine bound in at end, slight loss to panel of original upper cover at lower fore-corner, small section of loss to text near inner margin of pp.13/14 replaced in ms., light ink name on one map, otherwise internally very good, bookplate with monogram on preliminary blank f., bound in full green morocco with gilt borders, lettering and spine compartments, by the Chelsea Bindery, g.e., fine, matching green morocco-tipped cloth slip-case, 8vo, 1937.
Estimated at £2000 - £3000



1092. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III third state (with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49), folding maps, light spotting to endpapers, last few ff. and extreme edges, ink ownership inscription on front pastedowns, original cloth, in very good condition, dust-jackets, light marking and spotting, most visible on vol.I, vol.III with tear at lower fore-edge of lower panel with resultant creasing, vol.I with slight loss to corner-tips and 2 small splits, overall a good set, 8vo, 1954-55.
Estimated at £3000 - £4000

Posted on: 2008/12/3 20:32
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