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Authenticity of the Signature

Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 0:11:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Greetings Again!

May I ask for you guys’ assessment on the authenticity of this signature on a later impression of the Hobbit.

I know that the collective knowledge and opinion from you guys trump anything else.

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Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 1:22:13 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's a nope.
Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 4:30:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I would have to agree, I can see quite a few issues with the signature, in my opinion it is not Tolkien's signature.
Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 5:06:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Agree
Steer clear
Where did this come from ?
Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 6:30:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Lots of problems with that one.
Jun 29, 2019
2019/6/29 8:00:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think it is a fake signature.
Dec 19, 2019
2019/12/19 16:30:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I apologize for my super delayed response. The signature was sold by a book seller on Abebooks.com. I am not quite sure if it is currently present on the listing.

I have been looking to purchase a Tolkien signed copy, but listing after listing, they seem to be bogus and forgeries so I have given up on acquiring one.
Dec 19, 2019
2019/12/19 20:35:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

The_Antiquarian wrote:
I apologize for my super delayed response. The signature was sold by a book seller on Abebooks.com. I am not quite sure if it is currently present on the listing.

I have been looking to purchase a Tolkien signed copy, but listing after listing, they seem to be bogus and forgeries so I have given up on acquiring one.

I think for Tolkien signatures, a well-chosen signed letter would probably a safer bet. I haven't seen many signed copies out there that I would ever feel I fully trusted unless I knew the history. Faking signatures is almost trivial.
Dec 19, 2019
2019/12/19 23:22:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I second the letter idea.
Jul 31
2020/7/31 13:16:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Jus wanted to make sure if everyone here unanimously agree that this signature is not authentic. I got the following response from the seller regarding the provenance;

"our client inherited this book as part of a larger library belonging to her late uncle Anthony King who was a graduate of Political Sciences/Economy at Oxford."

The dealers seem extremely honest. Are we absolutely sure that this signature is not real?

I am looking for a later edition signed copy of the Hobbit and it has been too long since I haven seen anything for sale in actual auction :(

The waiting is wearing me out...
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