Fine Books and Manuscripts 29 March 2023 13:00 BST

Lot 228 TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) A Middle English Vocabulary, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1922


A Middle English Vocabulary... Designed for use with Sisam's Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, later variant with "Printed in England" stamped at foot of title-page and advertisements at end undated, publisher's stiff brown wrappers with 184 ornaments forming the border on front cover, spine ends very slightly chipped, 8vo, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1922
THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, with the wrappers in unusually good condition.

Provenance: Richard and Magdalen Goffin, bookplate.

Estimate £600-£800
Sold for £2,142 including fees ... ord-clarendon-press-1922/

LOT 229 TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, George Allen & Unwin, [1954-1955]


[The Lord of the Rings:] The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, The Return of the King with signature mark "4" and sagging text on p.49, and "Men" (no gap) on p.281, folding maps tipped-in at end of each volume, some browning of endpapers and slight foxing to fore-edges, publisher's red cloth with spines lettered in gilt, a little light staining, DUST-JACKETS, all priced 21s net, The Return of the King second state with reviews on rear flap, spines browned, creased and slightly chipped at top (not affecting lettering,[Hammond A5a-i-iii], 8vo, George Allen & Unwin, [1954-1955]
Provenance: Richard and Magdalen Goffin.

Estimate £10,000 - £15,000
Sold for £25,400 including fees ... llen-and-unwin-1954-1955/