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Forums Auction(UK) 31st May 2018

Forums Auction(UK) 31st May 2018

Apr 28, 2018

Forum Auctions in the UK, have four Tolkien related items for sale on Thursday 31st May 2018 at 13:00 (GMT+1)

Lot 206: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first edition, first impression, 1937.

Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, first edition, first impression, frontispiece, one plate and 8 illustrations, including 7 full-page, map endpapers printed in red and black, all by the author, 2pp. advertisements, occasional scattered spotting, original pictorial cloth, slight shelf-lean, very minor bumping to corners, else fine, first state dust-jacket with the misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson" corrected by hand on rear flap, light spotting and horizontal mark to spine, light toning to extreme head and foot of flaps, light scuffing and creasing to corners, some very minor surface soiling, but a sharp, near-fine example overall, 8vo, 1937.

Estimate £20,000 - £30,000 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 207 Tolkien (J.R.R.) Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics, first edition, [1937]

Tolkien (J.R.R.)Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics, first edition,some light scattered spotting, original printed wrappers, browned at spine and cover margins, light creasing to extremities, still an excellent copy overall, 8vo, [1937].

Estimate £400-£600 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 208 Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Bloomfield (Mark) and Leonard Newmark. A Linguistic Introduction to the History of English, J.R.R. Tolkien's copy , New York, 1963.

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Bloomfield (Mark) and Leonard Newmark.A LingIntroductionduction to the History of English, first edition, J.R.R. Tolkien's copy with his ownership inscription in pencil dated 4/64 to endpaper, bookplate of Desmond Morris, original boards, dust-jacket, spine faded, torn with loss to foot of upper panel, spine chipped at head, New York, 1963.

J.R.R. Tolkien's copy of a book on the history of the English language, a subject of deep academic interest to the author that heavily influenced his Middle Earth novels.

Provenance: When Tolkien died in 1973 Desmond Morris was surprised to discover that his collection of books had been sent to Thornton's bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford, for sale. He was shown them arranged on the floor in a back room at Thorntons and, although Tolkien's specialist subjects were outside Morris's range of interests, he noticed that Tolkien had written his name in pencil in each of the volumes and he decided to acquire one as a memento of the great author.

Estimate £400-£600 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 209 Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter, signed by Tolkien on upper cover, 1967.

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School, Oxford, production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter with music by Paul Drayton, 4pp., illustrations, with map by Drayton to final p., signed by Tolkien on upper cover, minor creasing, some light toning to margins of upper cover, [Hammond pp.23-24], 4to, 1967.

A rare signed playbill for the second theatrical adaptation of The Hobbit.

The first production of The Hobbit was performed at St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh for teachers and parents in 1953. This second production was a larger affair, performed over three nights, with the author in attendance on the final night. The play was adapted by Humphrey Carpenter and music composed by the school music teacher Paul Drayton (who also drew the map for the lower cover). Signed copies of the book were raffled off each night, Tolkien also signed copies of the programme for the performers.

Estimate £3,000-£4,000 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail

Apr 29, 2018
I want them all!

Seriously, though, I think that Hobbit programme estimate is very low, I think it will go for almost double that.
Apr 29, 2018
Mmm i thought it was too high!
Guess we will see
Apr 29, 2018
Lots of 1st and 2nd impression Hobbits coming to the market of late, including some very nice copies.
Apr 29, 2018
Yes true Stu. Some crackers. It makes you wonder why these people dodnt sell 2-3 years ago in the hype midst, could have got more id say. Hindsight wonderful thing !
Apr 29, 2018
Yeah, hindsight is a great thing:) I started collecting on the peak of the LOTR hype cycle -sigh. My grandfather and father got much better deals than me for sure. Somebody has to be black sheep in the family I guess. On a more serious note, I am buying more and more for research purposes and less and less for collecting just per se. I am trying to learn ME languages now.
May 31, 2018
I would really appreciate if anyone here could confirm that this item was indeed a Tolkien's own copy or has any additional info about it: Lot 208 Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Bloomfield (Mark) and Leonard Newmark. A Linguistic Introduction to the History of English, J.R.R. Tolkien's copy , New York, 1963.

Findegil? Anyone else?

Thank you very much for you help in advance.

Best wishes,

Jun 1, 2018
What about the signature, anyone has a similar one? Any opinions?


Jun 8, 2018
Tolkien's book is here and I am in heaven. Big thanks to all who gave me their opinion via PM , I appreciate it.

As a sign of my appreciation I am posting some pictures.

Best wishes to all and love you all,


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Jun 9, 2018
Jun 9, 2018
Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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