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Doubts about originality signed Tolkien

Jan 2
2021/1/2 13:56:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

First of all, happy new year everyone. Hopefully the new year brings us health and hope.

I've been looking at a copy of a first edition of the Smith of Wootton Major, signed by the grandmaster. And the seller can not give explanations about its origin and although it does not seem a bad signature, I would like your opinion.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Jan 2
2021/1/2 14:06:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not convinced that this is a Tolkien signature, and would never buy based on the text from the seller, they do not appear to believe in it themselves.

Smith Of Wootton Major - J R R Tolkien 1st UK Ed 1st Print Hardback 1967 Signed. Dispatched with Royal Mail 1st Class.
if you have to research please do your own before buying
I only have the book ,it does not come with provenance or what so ever
I genuinely sell a book which I bought a decade ago ,that is all I know , not an expert
please make your mind first before buying so you do not have to send back or change your mind or coming up with a stand excuse


Seller: bookabrak11
(1525)
Ended Jan 8, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
£3,250.00
Submitted by: laurel
Jan 2
2021/1/2 14:24:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
There are plenty of reasons to doubt its authenticity. First there's the generally shabby appearance. Then notice the details. E.g.: The "J" looks like it was made either with two strokes (it should be one) and a superfluous dot, or one stroke with two superfluous dots. The "en" is a mess. Look at that little gap in the swoosh beneath the "T": how does one get that in a single pen-stroke? It looks more like it was printed on the page, with a gap in the press at that point.

I wouldn't touch it.
Jan 2
2021/1/2 14:37:23 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Aelfwine wrote:

There are plenty of reasons to doubt its authenticity. First there's the generally shabby appearance. Then notice the details. E.g.: The "J" looks like it was made either with two strokes (it should be one) and a superfluous dot, or one stroke with two superfluous dots. The "en" is a mess. Look at that little gap in the swoosh beneath the "T": how does one get that in a single pen-stroke? It looks more like it was printed on the page, with a gap in the press at that point.

I wouldn't touch it.

Agreed with your analysis, in addition to the signature centered on the presentation page ... make all these characteristics ... a copy to be avoided
Jan 2
2021/1/2 15:29:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Agree -avoid
If in doubt DONT buy !
Jan 2
2021/1/2 15:37:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thank you all very much, I also had doubts and without references, it is a very great risk.
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