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Books From Tolkiens Library For Sale
Just popping in
2014/8/25 17:31
Posts: 2

My name is Matt and this is a moment I have been dreading. I inherited 2 books from my dad that are out of JRR Tolkiens library. He acquired them both from Millburn Books in New Jersey, one he bought the second was a gift to him from my mom. I still have both original receipts.

Unfortunately due to financial issues I have decided that its time to part ways with these books.

The first book is

Anglo-Catholicism & Re-Union by the Rev S.H. Scott. There is no publication page but there doesn't appear to be any pages missing. The book itself is in good condition (my opinion, not graded or anything) except for the cover.

The original paper cover of this book of this book is gone, and in its place in a manilla colored cover that is handwritten by Tolkien himself.

When you open the book on the 1st page in the top right corner written in pencil is "Tolkiens Copy". I am not sure what this means, and who put this there.

On the second page is Tolkiens siganature with the inscription

"Given to me by Rev. S.H. Scott
_ _ _ Newman? Bookshop (I can not read the 1st 3 words and I believe the name of the bookshop is Newman)
I can not make out the 3rd line
Sheep? Oxford"

There are no other markings on the book other then the back cover which has the notation

The second book is A Middle English Reader by Olver Farrar Emerson reprinted in 1919.

Once again the condition is good, the edges are frayed, but the binding is still good other then about 1/4 inch on the top of the book.

Inside the book is a card from University Press of Oxford that states

"To Professor Tolkien
May, 27 1930"

On the back of the card is some written notes in pencil. The writing is not as fancy as the cover of the other book, but is consistent with notes inside this book that were Tolkien's.

When you open the cover on the top left corner is a paper stamp/sticker that says " From the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien"
On the 1st page is Tolkien's signature in ink, and some more notes in pencil. Also on the top right of the page is the notation
7/6led 350_

As you flip through the 470 pages of this book there are dozens of notations written by Tolkien in it. I'd like to think these related to his writings of Middle Earth but they were probably related to his work as a Professor at Oxford but you never know.

You can view pictures of these books at the following link


the password to view the gallery is tolkien

I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.

Looking for a good home for these 2 books and for someone who will appreciate them like my father dad.

Thanks for looking and if you are interested in these books please contact me at pj_lives_09@yahoo.com and we can chat.

Thanks for looking

EDIT Trotter, password above was incorrect

Posted on: 2014/8/25 18:19


Re: Books From Tolkiens Library For Sale
Quite a regular
2008/9/23 18:57
Posts: 45
Some notes:

1) Tolkien’s inscription on the copy "Anglo-Catholicism & Re-Union” reads:

“given to me by Rev. S H Scott
in the old 'Newman Bookshop'
at that time in Beaumont
Street, Oxford”

(This appears to be written in ball-point pen, and so was most likely made in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Tolkien's signature here also looks to be a later example.)

Some further info on Rev. S[idney] H[erbert] Scott of Oddington Rectory, Islip, can be gleaned from here, here, and here.

Note that in 1940 Rev. Scott changed his name to Sidney Herbert Drane-Scott, and that he died in 1949. Tolkien thus received the item from Rev. Scott prior to 1950, and indeed the handwriting on the cover looks to me to date from the 1930s or 1940s.

Fr. Magnus Wilson writes here that the Newman Bookshop was "begun by David Andrews before the Second World War, and was originally sited in Beaumont Street (I think at number 19). In later years David had to move down to Walton Street. I joined David there in 1950, and was followed shortly after by Peter Hastings,* and then by Ken Todd."**

2) Tolkien's signature on the copy of Emerson's "Middle English Reader" looks typical of the later 1920s.

3) The card from Oxford University Press is apparently a receipt for an examination paper that Tolkien had printed for distribution to students. (I have seen examples of such printed papers.)


* Tolkien's (draft) Letter 153 (Sept. 1954, not sent) is addressed to Peter Hastings.

** I also see from this that the Newman Bookshop reopened in Oxford in Nov. 1997, in part due to the negations the late Catholic author and Tolkien scholar Stratford Caldecott (whose name is misspelled in the linked article).

Posted on: 2014/8/26 7:25


Re: Books From Tolkiens Library For Sale
Just popping in
2014/8/25 17:31
Posts: 2
Thank you for the information on the books.

Thanks for all the replies so far. Here is some basic information that I have given everyone who has replied.

2 years ago I was offered $2K US for these books by a dealer who I took them to because I was curious of their value. Last year I took them to an auction house here in Milwaukee WI who said they were worth more, but wouldn't pin down a price for me.

My experience in both cases lead me to search this site out as I would rather sell to a true fan, and maybe take a little less then go through these places that just look to flip things to their little customer data bases.

My father taught me to read by reading the Hobbit to me and having me read it back to him, so I hold a special place in my heart for Tolkien. So forgive me if I am a little more chatty on your personal inquires then other sellers as I am truly interested in making sure these go to a good home.

I will be posting better pictures with a real camera. The ones online were from my phone.

Once again thanks to all for the interest.

Posted on: 2014/8/26 10:46

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