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Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition

Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition

Mar 14, 2017 ... earths-new-tolkien-507701

A new book of "illustrations, letters and other material from J R R Tolkien’s archives that have never before been seen by the public" is scheduled to be published next year.

Tolkien: The Maker of Middle-Earth by Catherine McIlwaine

Catherine is the Bodleian’s Tolkien archivist.

"The publishing division of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is to release a title featuring illustrations, letters and other material from J R R Tolkien’s archives that have never before been seen by the public, to coincide with a major exhibition on The Lord of the Rings author in 2018.

Tolkien: The Maker of Middle-Earth, written by the Bodleian’s Tolkien archivist Catherine McIlwaine, promises to take readers “far beyond what they know” about the author. New material to be showcased includes draft manuscripts of The Hobbit, Middle-Earth illustrations and paintings by Tolkien, and “letters from admirers including W H Auden, Joni Mitchell and Iris Murdoch”.

Samuel Fanous, the Bodleian’s head of publishing, said the aim was to create a book that accompanies an “unprecedented” exhibition, but also “to make something that will stand on its own”. The Bodleian will be selling the title in all English-language territories, while HarperCollins, Tolkien’s long-time publisher, has translation rights.

Tolkien, who was an Oxford professor for 35 years, left the bulk of his archives to the Bodleian. Additional material in the book is from Marquette University in Wisconsin. The exhibition on the author will open at the Bodleian in June 2018
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Oct 16, 2017
Oh that looks like a beautiful publication. If this is an example of their standard, I'm even more excited about their new Tolkien book.
Oct 16, 2017
I have also been looking at the Bodleian site, to get an idea on pricing of the new book, and looking at prices for Marks of Genius, an earlier exhibition that included Tolkien, these are possible prices for the new book. The Bookseller confirms the price for the hardback at £40.

Small format paperback (Tolkien: Treasures) - £15
Paperback - £25
Hardback - £40
Collector's Edition - £200

This is the £200 Marks of Genius edition, ... of-genius-collectors.html
Oct 16, 2017
The collectors edition sounds interesting, what with the facsimiles and all. But if it's priced that high I will have to give it some serious thought before I decide to take the plunge.
Nov 2, 2017
For those considering purchasing this (and perhaps some other items), you can get a 10% discount by joining the Friends of the Library. This membership costs £32 per year (so almost pays for itself if you are buying a single copy of the collectors edition). It also gives a 15% discount on the Oxford University Press Shop (its not clear to me if this particular book counts for this extra 5% discount yet).
Nov 2, 2017
With the items being in the coming soon category of the Bodleian website, I thought I would share the mockup image of the hardcover edition, as well as the news of another companion book they are publishing for the exhibition:

Tolkien: Treasures

This volume is an excellent introduction to the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Recounting in images and words the story of his early years and life as a scholar and family man, the book also illustrates some of the primary items associated with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. These include manuscripts, drawings, watercolours, letters, family photographs, and private papers. It also includes his remarkably detailed and endlessly engaging maps of Middle Earth produced over many years an annotated in his own hand.

The book brings vividly to life the astonishing range of Tolkien’s skills, from scholar, to linguist, storyteller, illustrator, herald, and mapmaker. Drawing on the Bodleian Library’s vast Tolkien archive, this book gives us a unique and highly personal glimpse into Tolkien’s worlds – scholarly, literary, creative, and domestic.

From Tolkien’s childhood in the Midlands and his experience of the First World War to his studies at school and university, and from his exquisite illustrations for his novels to his intricate and beautiful maps showing Middle-earth’s topography, this stunning book, faithfully reproducing many of the treasures of the Tolkien Archive in Oxford, is the perfect introduction to Tolkien’s life and works.

144 pages, 196 x 196 mm
ISBN: 9781851244966
Publication June 2018

Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. ... on/tolkien-treasures.html

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Nov 2, 2017
Those both look great! Thanks or sharing.
Nov 2, 2017
Trotter, any idea of when this can be ordered/paid for?

Nov 2, 2017
I ordered mine today through their website.
Nov 2, 2017
Oh, right. I'll get ordering!

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