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By garm

Re: Thornton's limited edition Silmarillion

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I have a copy of Thornton's Roverandom. I don't usually go in for re-bindings myself, I much prefer my books in their original condition; but on one occassion when I was visiting Ian Barnes of Temple Bookbinders (on an unrelated matter) some years ago, he brought out one of the out-of-sequence copies - that is, not numbered/lettered or whatever - and I was so taken by it that I bought it. It remains my only re-bound copy to date.

I quite like the look of the Silm, too (though it's out of my price range). I know it looks a bit odd, with the cover design matching Roverandom; but to my mind it's no odder than what Easton Books do with their LotR, Silm etc - that is, to replicate the cover design for TH, along with the lines from 'Stand by the grey stone...'
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By garm

Re: Thornton's limited edition Silmarillion

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I've never seen nor heard of one. But by the look of it, it's definitely by Temple bookbinders, who also did Roverandom.
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By garm

Re: Shenandoah copy on AbeBooks

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Louise Bogan and Edmund Wilson co-wrote a poem in praise of Auden which includes the line

'The orc Tolkien has usurped Aladdin's tower' (p.43)

Not nice!
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By garm

Re: Tickets available for Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition

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I intend to visit several times over the summer - I'd be happy to meet up with you guys, if you give me a heads-up some time nearer your visit(s
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Re: Tom Bombadil Proof

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Nice find! - though I think the '12/6' would be the projected price - 12 shillings and sixpence.
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By garm

Re: Number of copies of the UK 1st/1st Hobbit

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the number 1488 is mentioned here -

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/earlyhobbits.php
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By garm

Re: eBay Seller: dogfark

Nov 26, 2017 - in Collector's Marketplace (edited)
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He still can't spell, I see. And apart from his naff description and the rest; in my opinion he doesn't know Tolkien bibliography -

''It is appropriate to have his signature in this book, the first he edited and published on his father's behalf.''

The first book edited & published by Christopher containing JRR's work was his translations of Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo in 1975.

[Edited for clarity of personal opinion]
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By garm

Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

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''Are you guys happy with the production of new TV series based on LOTR?''

No.
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By garm

Re: Baynton, Temple, or Chelsea for Bookbinding?

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generally, I agree with the posts above - with the addition that it's not a good idea to buy a book as an investment. I buy books because I like them.

But to answer one of your questions - Bayntun's is an old-established firm, and the bindings are excellent. Temple is a new company, relatively speaking. I've never had any of my books bound, but they've made some boxes for me, and I'm very satified with their work. Their bindings look good. Ian Barnes is the owner - he's approachable, and very professional.

I haven't seen any of Chelsea's bindings in the flesh, as it were. Years ago, I heard from a book-dealer thT some staff went to work there from Sangorski Sutcliffe when they ceased trading.
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By garm

Re: Saint Tolkien??

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oh, yes - well, here's the first paragraph; maybe 3/4 of the way down the page - about where the side-bar on the right ends.

A SLIGHTLY UNEXPECTED GATHERING
Matt Showering
On Saturday 2 September, a Traditional Low Mass was held at the Oxford Oratory to mark the anniversary of the death of world-renowned Catholic writer & philologist JRR Tolkien (+ 1973). The Mass was offered, however, not for the repose of Tolkien's soul – but rather praying for his Cause for Beatification to be opened.
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