Exploring J.r.r. Tolkien's "the Hobbit"
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Dec 29, 2021 (edited)
2021/12/29 19:58:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Finally got some time to get a few of my recent arrivals together and was very fortunate to find over the last couple of months.
1. The Silmarillion - Presentation Copy, George Allen & Unwin for Methuen Publications 1977
2. The Hobbit - George Allen & Unwin 10th print 1958
3. The Hobbit - Houghton Mifflin Co. 15th-17th print 1963 (1st of the 3rd edition, without any identifiable markers to copyright page)

4. Poems from The Lord of the Rings - Harper Collins 1st print 1994
5. Poems from The Hobbit - Houghton Mifflin Co. Mini 1999
6. Roman Britain and the English Settlements. R. G. Collingwood and J.N.L. Myres 2nd Edition 1937. Clarendon Press. (Tolkien helped 'untiringly with problems of Celtic philology.)

7. Poems & Stories - Review Copy, Houghton Mifflin Co. 1994
8. The Lord of the Rings - Review PB Copy, Houghton Mifflin Co. 1999

9. Sir Orfeo. A.J. Bliss. 1954. Oxford University Press/Oxford English Monographs. Tolkien was a General Editor for the series and is credited in the Preface.
10. Attacks of Taste - Edited by Evelyn B. Bryne and Otto M. Penzler, 1st Edition 1971, (Includes a statement by Tolkien describing his reading habits as a teenager.)
11. Origins of Icelandic Literature - G. Turville-Petre, Oxford University Press, 1953.

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Dec 29, 2021 (edited)
2021/12/29 20:33:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Wonderful to see, @Mr. Underhill, great haul!
The Methuen S is a very nice addition. And Sir Orfeo appears to be in excellent condition!
Dec 30, 2021
2021/12/30 1:30:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
really great Mr. Underhill congratulations!
Dec 30, 2021
2021/12/30 13:55:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks y'all. Was very happy to find the S, and well them all actually
Dec 31, 2021 (edited)
2021/12/31 9:41:58 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not so much recent acquisitions as recently moved from my toddler's bedroom (3 years after he took it over from being my office) into my current home office. Really need to get built-in oak glass fronted shelves to replace the mismatching stuff I have (and to get the other 150 or so out of boxes).

Funny looking at the collection with older and more sane eyes and thinking "meh". I'm definitely a fan of all my old Unwin stuff though - every bit as much as when I acquired it. The endless sea of HarperCollins, not so much (not a dislike, I just probably wouldn't have collected quite so much in retrospect - not sure all 4 impressions of the Black Deluxe LoTR was necessary). Some of the low-end HC will never be shelved again - 2012 collectors set, Millennium Editions and Sil/Hobbit Gift-trash - I'm looking at you...

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Dec 31, 2021
2021/12/31 11:58:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Very nice layout Stu impressive! And good luck placing the other 150 😅. By the way, Happy new year! 🙂
Dec 31, 2021 (edited)
2021/12/31 12:49:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I kind of like the mismatched cases, gives the room character, especially that one on the far right.
Dec 31, 2021
2021/12/31 16:30:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nice to see (a goodly portion of) your collection Stu!
Dec 31, 2021
2021/12/31 17:16:46 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'd keep those, they look really good
Dec 31, 2021
2021/12/31 20:19:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Mr. Underhill wrote:

I kind of like the mismatched cases, gives the room character, especially that one on the far right.

Yeah, I definitely don't dislike the cases, plus I have had them all for years and they have memories attached as to when I acquired them. The main reason I might go custom joinery in the future would be I can get more books behind glass in the same space. It is a bit of a bummer the floor-boards don't run perpendicular to the bookcases (especially as I just laid them -- engineered planks recycled from Dutch railway sleepers -- they are well and truly glued to the subfloor), but the (minimal) light sources for the room required the boards to flow the other direction.

A big reason why this room has ended up with the books is that it only gets direct sun for a very short period late in the day on a few weeks mid-summer, and that wall never gets any direct light. Plus nice to be able to see them a bit more, rather than them being hidden away.

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