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The Hobbit (9th Impression) Signature

Feb 29
2020/2/29 16:12:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Greetings Again!

What do you guys think of the signature on this 9th edition The Hobbit?

The book is listed on abe and the seller states that the book was purchased from a son-in-law of the man who got Tolkien to sign it. The book was signed in 1964 in Marylebone, London, and no documentation exists.

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Feb 29
2020/2/29 16:15:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Btw, the seller also sells another signed item of unique (in my opinion) nature.

Signed Hobbit Menu!

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Feb 29
2020/2/29 16:31:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I like that menu signature - clearly his, and a fun event to remember.

The Hobbit one just doesn’t seem great to me. On my phone so I’m not looking closely at it, and I suppose it could be genuine, but if it is I don’t think Tolkien was all that excited to sign it.
Feb 29
2020/2/29 16:35:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
I like that menu signature - clearly his, and a fun event to remember.

The Hobbit one just doesn’t seem great to me. On my phone so I’m not looking closely at it, and I suppose it could be genuine, but if it is I don’t think Tolkien was all that excited to sign it.

Haha! Greatly appreciated for your input again. I love how the menu was signed. If I had unlimited financial means, the menu would be an amazing and fun item to own.
Feb 29
2020/2/29 17:05:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Looking at it on the laptop, and I am really not a fan of that Hobbit signature.
Feb 29
2020/2/29 17:13:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nope on The Hobbit, yep on the menu. (The former might be legit, but if so it's atypical and not very desirable; and I wouldn't buy it without solid proof of provenance and authenticity.)

Carl
Feb 29
2020/2/29 21:34:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I can't see them on abe now - have they been removed/sold?
Feb 29
2020/2/29 21:49:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I also couldn't find them on ABE but did find them on the bookseller's website:

https://www.shelleyandsonbooks.com/pro ... r-Menu-signed-by-Tolkien- Price: $10,000.00

https://www.shelleyandsonbooks.com/pro ... -by-Tolkien-J-R-R-Tolkien - Price: $12,000.00

Edit: did find the signed Hobbit on ABE, but not the Menu.
Mar 1 (edited)
2020/3/1 7:48:13 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This brings the known number of Tolkien signed menu's to three that I aware of, does anyone know of any-more?

1 - Exeter College, Oxford
600th Anniversary June 6th 1914

2 - Pembroke College, Oxford
60th Anniversary of the Johnson Society March 6th 1931

3 - Assembly Hall, Rotterdam
The Hobbit Dinner March 28, 1958 I know via private correspondence, of at least one more signed menu from this event, so not a 'Unique' item.
Mar 1
2020/3/1 16:15:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Urulókë wrote:
I also couldn't find them on ABE but did find them on the bookseller's website:

https://www.shelleyandsonbooks.com/pro ... r-Menu-signed-by-Tolkien- Price: $10,000.00

https://www.shelleyandsonbooks.com/pro ... -by-Tolkien-J-R-R-Tolkien - Price: $12,000.00

Edit: did find the signed Hobbit on ABE, but not the Menu.

The listings on abe are still there;

The Signed Hobbit
The Hobbit Menu
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