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Bloomsbury Sale #474

Sale Date - November 6, 2003

877. Tolkien (J.R.R.), E.V.Gordon and others. Songs for the Philologists, first and only edition, original printed wrappers, very slightly discoloured at edges, small 4to, Privately Printed in the Department of English at University College, London, 1936.

A remarkably scarce early Tolkien item. This work contains 29 songs by Tolkien and his colleagues during his last few years at Leeds University, written in Middle English, Old Icelandic, Modern Icelandic, Gothic, Latin and other languages, printed in both Roman & Anglo-Saxon types. Few copies were printed, and most were destroyed in a fire at the college where they were stored, along with the press, leaving possibly 13 copies only in existence. With the book comes a typed letter from Dr.Cyril Jackson, who studied at Leeds University just after Tolkien left. The letter describes "...boozy evenings in the Senior Staff Common Room, where...we sang those songs to nursery rhyme tunes". He also refers to visits by Tolkien "when we naturally had a 'party'. After an unreasonable amount of ale [Tolkien's] declamation of bits of Beowulf and the Battle of Maldon was magnificent."

est. £3000 – £5000

Sold for £3000

878. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first edition, folding maps at rear of each vol., bookplate on verso of front cover, original cloth, faint stain to front cover of vol.II, dust-jackets, tanned at edges, a little soiled, tears to edges, spine ends chipped, 8vo, 1954-55.

est. £4000 – £6000

Sold for £4000

879. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., second, revised edition, ink inscriptions to front pastedowns, original cloth, some covers very lightly marked, dust-jackets, extremities very slightly rubbed, 8vo, 1966.

est. £150 – £200

Sold for £220

880. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King, second edition, original cloth, dust-jacket a little tanned, rubbed at edges and extremities, spine ends chipped, 1966 § Adams (Richard) The Girl in a Swing, 1980 § Benchley (Peter) Jaws, ownership inscription on front endpaper, original cloth, slightly faded, dust-jacket, rubbed, worn at extremities, spine ends creased, New York, 1974, first editions; and 6 others, Modern First Editions, 8vo (9)

est. £150 – £200


983. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, second impression, plates, some colour, endpaper maps, original pictorial cloth, covers soiled, extremities worn, knocked, 8vo, 1937.

est. £1000 – £1500

Sold for £1300

984. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, first edition, illustrations by Pauline Baynes, original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, 6mm. tear to top edge of upper wrapper, slightly chipped at head of spine, otherwise a very good copy, 8vo, 1962.

est. £180 – £220

Sold for £150

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