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Christopher Tolkien Books 1956-1969

Jan 18
2020/1/18 12:47:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

I like to add Christopher's books from this period to my collection.

This is from the Tolkien Gateway, http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Christopher_Tolkien#Books

  • 1956: Hervarar Saga ok Heidreks. Ed. [E.O.] G. Turville-Petre. London: University College London, for the Viking Society for Northern Research, 1956; introduction by Christopher Tolkien.
  • 1958: The Pardoner's Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1958. [29 Oct 58]
  • 1959: The Nun's Priest's Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1959. [28 Feb 60]
  • 1960: The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise. Ed. and trans. Christopher Tolkien. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons (Icelandic Texts), 1960. [30 Jun 60]
  • 1969: The Man of Law's Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1969. [Jun 69]

Hopefully members of the forum will own copies of these books.

My two main questions are

  • Are any books missing from this list?
  • Did all of these have dust-jackets and if you own a copy could you provide an image so that I know what to look for?
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Jan 19
2020/1/19 16:37:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks to everyone, I have a much better idea on what to look for
Jan 19
2020/1/19 16:49:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Following - curious to see what other titles in Nelson's Icelandic Texts series. I only knew of Christopher's being a printed a book.

Also isn't there a website where they're up for free, legally? Viking Society or something...?
Jan 19
2020/1/19 17:21:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
sn't there a website where they're up for free, legally? Viking Society or something...?

http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/
Jan 19
2020/1/19 20:03:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for that! I saw that link before, but had forgotten how to get it.

Also, from what I can see so far, it looks like it's just the three titles have been published in that style: hardback with blue dustjacket, "Nelson's Icelandic Text" at the top and that symbol on all three (end of a viking ship...?)
Jan 19
2020/1/19 20:23:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Later printings of these first editions had some cover art added (still no jackets).

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Jan 19
2020/1/19 20:39:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
Thanks for that! I saw that link before, but had forgotten how to get it.

Also, from what I can see so far, it looks like it's just the three titles have been published in that style: hardback with blue dustjacket, "Nelson's Icelandic Text" at the top and that symbol on all three (end of a viking ship...?)

Four...
Jan 20
2020/1/20 4:03:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Ah yes of course - I only FOUND 3 of them that's probably why I said 3.
Jan 20
2020/1/20 4:16:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
Ah yes of course - I only FOUND 3 of them that's probably why I said 3.

Yeah, there aren't any Saga of the Volsungs currently available through the usual sources. Quite possibly as that is (arguably) the most interesting, so a bit more demand.
Jan 20
2020/1/20 8:11:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I've seen all of the Nelson titles lying around in secondhand Glasgow bookshops over the years (besides the CT volume), so have zero intention of picking these up online at present; prices are a bit over the top at first glance. The Chaucer volumes seem to be going the same way. You used to see these listed for a few pounds pretty regularly; maybe you still do but but they're increasingly listed for £10-20 because the seller notices "Tolkien".
Jan 20
2020/1/20 8:49:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
I've seen all of the Nelson titles lying around in secondhand Glasgow bookshops over the years (besides the CT volume), so have zero intention of picking these up online at present; prices are a bit over the top at first glance. The Chaucer volumes seem to be going the same way. You used to see these listed for a few pounds pretty regularly; maybe you still do but but they're increasingly listed for £10-20 because the seller notices "Tolkien".

Agreed. I can't see any reason to pay more than a few pounds. The audience for any of them has to be pretty small.

I wish I lived in a first world country that had decent second hand book shops :( Failing that, Scotland.
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