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Profiles in History Auction

1 Dec, 2008
2008-12-1 7:47:52 AM UTC

On December 11th in California, Profiles in History will be auctioning off six important (and signed) lots of J.R.R. Tolkien materials, including an original Pauline Baynes piece and one of the three maps by Pauline Baynes signed by Tolkien.

Auction Date
December 11, 2008 : 11am PST

Auction Location

Profiles in History
26901 Agoura Rd Ste 150
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301

Download the catalog here:

The lots that are available are:

85. Set of Houghton Mifflin editions of The Lord of the Rings (not stated firsts, but definitely early). All three volumes inscribed by Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson, also includes two short letters written by Tolkien also to Ms. Levinson. The letters give additional information about Tolkien's whereabouts not included in Hammond and Scull's Chronology, so there may be some minor scholarly value as well. Estimated at $15,000 - $18,000

86. Presentation first editions of the British Lord of the Rings, dedicated to Elaine Griffiths, including elvish inscription in Fellowship. Absolutely stunning condition (look brand new), housed in custom box. Estimated at $80,000 - $120,000

87. First edition of Hompen Eller En Resa Dit Och Tillbaksigen [The Hobbit]. (Swedish). Signed “To M.E. Griffiths, from J.R.R.T.”. Estimated at $2000 - $3000

88. Original art by Pauline Baynes, redrawn for Poems and Stories because the original art for Smith of Wootton Major was too small for the larger book size. 5 1/2" by 8 1/2". Signed by Pauline Baynes. Estimated at $2000 - $3000

89. Map by Pauline Baynes of Middle-earth, signed by Tolkien and Pauline Baynes. According to Tolkien's secretary Joy Hill, "It is printed on special paper & there are only three signed maps on any paper in the world." This is one of those three copies. Estimated at $4000 - $6000

90. First Edition Of Danton: A Study by Hillaire Belloc, presented by J.R.R. Tolkien to his son. Wonderful presentation signature by Tolkien to his son in 1945. Estimated at $3000 to $5000

No images are reproduced here out of respect to the Auction House - please download the catalog (or order one for $30 from them, sure to also be a Tolkien collectible in the near future unless you can afford all the originals) - the catalog is wonderfully illustrated with good images of all of the inscriptions, letters and signatures. pp 26-29.

Download the catalog here:

1 Dec, 2023
2023-12-1 7:24:45 PM UTC
This came up on TCG's 'On This Day'. Does anyone still by chance have the catalogue?
1 Dec, 2023
2023-12-1 7:50:12 PM UTC
Photo attached.

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1 Dec, 2023
2023-12-1 7:54:50 PM UTC
Thanks remy. That isa rather cool auction catalogue cover
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