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BnF Catalogue - Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu

Sep 14, 2019 (edited)
2019/9/14 13:24:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Some information on the Catalogue for the exhibition at the BnF in Paris.

Title, Tolkien - Voyage en Terre du Milieu
Authors, Vincent Ferré, Frédéric Manfrin
ISBN(EAN) 9782717728064
Publication 17th October 2019

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Amazon.fr link, https://www.amazon.fr/dp/2717728066/re ... 3044141_185740131_TE_item

I've bought a copy, really looking forward to this.

Should have stated that if you already own the excellent Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, then you may be interested in this book, as different items from The Bodleian and Marquette University will be on display at this exhibition.

You can see some of the book here, http://editions.bnf.fr/extrait-tolkien

Look for a review between the two books after the launch next month
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Sep 15, 2019
2019/9/15 19:12:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have definitely bought something! Trotter linked me to it...
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 15:03:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My copy is arriving on Sunday, hopefully
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 15:08:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Mine is scheduled for Monday.
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 16:42:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
No idea when mine will actually arrive - amazon.fr tells me it will be mid-November (probably because it is shipping to the USA...?)

I am going to buy at least one or two additional copies this weekend, so I can get them signed by the curators while I am there.
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 17:12:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This may be difficult, as the BnF only every publishes books in French and no other language, but could you tactfully suggest that a wonderful Tolkien catalogue from such an esteemed establishment, could be an exception and an English and German translation would probably sell a lot of copies.

I don't think they will budge but may be worth a try.
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 17:19:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I've asked Vincent Ferré, and there are no plans to translate the catalogue. Perhaps the rights are purchasable by another publisher though...? I will see who I can chat with next week.
Oct 16, 2019
2019/10/16 17:31:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
In this case, and I know that the BnF has never done this before, but the exhibition is about an individual who was born in the Orange Free State, spent most of his life in England, don't mention his time in France (not the best times in his life), and was very English.

I think they should break the mold for this catalogue and translate it as they would sell a lot of additional copies.

Good luck, and keep us informed about your trip
Oct 19, 2019
2019/10/19 12:28:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Received it today, nicely bound book and printed book, a lot of illustrations.

I will try and do a comparison with what is extra in the book, concentrating on illustrations as my French is awful, typical of someone who's first language is English.
Oct 19, 2019
2019/10/19 13:09:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Mine arrived just now, much to my surprise as Monday was the intended delivery.

Just a quick browse through for now but I am very impressed by what I see so far. My french will be enough to cover the basics of the book but like others I bought it for the extra images not in 'Maker of Middle-earth'.
Oct 20, 2019
2019/10/20 9:35:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I am very impressed with the book, It is a taller book than Maker of Middle-earth, and print quality is equally as good as the Bodleian hardback.

It definitely contains some manuscripts that I have not seen before, I think most of the illustrations and drawings look to have been already published.

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