London: Harper Collins, 2020. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo as translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, and edited by Christopher Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins Publishers in 2020, this being the 1st impression of 2020, printed and bound by Rotolito in Italy. This de luxe edition is housed in the publishers custom slipcase with ornate stamping in gold. Both the book and slipcase are in Near Fine condition with no notable flaws or faults. Facsimile of the first three versus of "Gawain's Leave-Taking" and another of the Fourth verse in the namuscript of 'Gawain's Leave-Taking', followed by an early draft of part of the opening Canto of the 'Gest of Beren and Luthien'. A beautiful collectable copy for the Tolkien enthusiast. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
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London: Harper Collins, 2019. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Letters From Father Christmas, the UK Deluxe Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 2019, matches in style and design the earlier Deluxe Editions issued by Harper Collins. This is the 1st printing/impression of this new edition released just in time for the Christmas Season in 2019. "Features a colour frontispiece showcasing each of the North Pole stamps that accompanied the letter from Father Christmas" "All of the paintings, drawings, letters and envelopes sent by Father Christmas reproduced in full colour, including some appearing here for the very first time." "Quarter-bound with white boards, stamped in silver foil and illustrated with Tolkien's own pictures of Father Christmas and Polar Bear." The book is housed in a matching publishers custom built illustrated slipcase, which is presented with a facsimile of one of the North Pole stamps" "Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat." Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Harper Collins, 2013. Bill Sanderson. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Fall of Arthur, De Luxe Edition, 1st impression published by Harper Collins Publishers in 2013. 'The world first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England's legendary hero, King Arthur.' Edited by Christopher Tolkien and illustrated by Bill Sanderson. Housed in the original Publishers slipcase, gold foil stamped with a motif representing King Arthur in full battle dress with shield and upraised sword, mounted on his rearing steed. Printed on superiour quality paper and includes a silk ribbon marker sewn in. Still sealed in the original shrinkwrap, photos are from another opened copy. A beautiful presentation of one of England's greatest legends. Features a colour frontispiece showing a facsimile page from J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscript. This De luxe Edition is matched in style and design to the 50th Anniversary De luxe Edition of 'The Lord of the Rings', and The De luxe Hobbit that were concurrently issued in 2004. Also matched to the De Luxe Editions of The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, Tales of the Perilous Realm, and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Unfinished Tales, Beowulf, and The Story of Kullervo. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New/No Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by Bill Sanderson. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
London: Harper Collins, 2014. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Beowulf, A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell, UK De Luxe Edition. Published by Harper Collins in 2014. From the blurb, 'The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book. From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel's terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot. But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf 'snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup'; but he rebuts the notion that this is 'a mere treasure story', 'just another dragon tale'. He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is 'the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history' that raises it to another level. 'The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The "treasure" is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time, or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination' Sellic Spell, a 'marvellous tale', is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the 'historical legends' of the Northern kingdoms.' This De Luxe Edition includes the complete text and has the following special features. A colour frontispiece presenting J.R.R. Tolkien's painting of a coiled dragon together with two versions of Grendel's Mere. Quarter-bound with grey boards, stamped in gold foil with the coiled dragon motif, and housed in a matching custom-built slipcase. Printed on superior quality paper and including a silk ribbon marker. This book is As New, the shrinkwrap unopened, with photos of another opened copy. Has no markings, no bumped corners, no previous owners name. It is New, unread, and unopened, still sealed in original shrinkwrap. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, comprised of The Chronology and The Reader's Guide, is a comprehensive guide to J.R.R. Tolkien. From the blurb, The Chronology traces the life of J.R.R. Tolkien from his birth in 1892, thru the battlefields of France, the lecture halls of Leeds and Oxford, to his death in 1973. It is the most extensive biographical resource about Tolkien ever published. The Reader's Guide is an indispensable introduction to his life, writings, and art. It includes histories and discussions of his works. A set of works by two of the leading authorities on Tolkien, in all aspects of his life. Published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006, these books are the 1st printings with the full numberline 1 - 9 and the date, 2006 on the title page. The books are in Near Fine condition, with previous owners name and date to the front endpaper of both books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
New York: Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Press, 1998. Mary GrandPré. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Harry Potter - Full 7 Volume Set 1st US Edition, 2 Copies Signed By Author. The complete US set of seven books in the iconic Harry Potter series, with #2 & #3 signed by the author. All are first edition, first printing/impression in Near Fine condition. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (1998), Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (1999), Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (2003), Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (2005), and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (2007). These seven books, combined, constitute the best selling book series in history. None of the books are price clipped, none have any tears or wear to the edges. No chips, one minor stain at the top of the spine on the inside of the dj of the Sorcerer's Stone. No rubbing, no foxing, a previous owners name and phone number to front pastedown of The Chamber of Secrets, no other writing, no bookplates, no stamps. No bumps to the boards and no spine lean. The text block is bound upside down in Volume 4. Complete number lines beginning with 1 in each volume. The Sorcerer's Stone is the 1st State book and dustjacket, with the points of full number line, the Guardian Review on the rear of the dustjacket, the code of 51695 just above the bar code on the rear panel, no #1 on the jacket spine, and raised gilt foil title to front panel of dustjacket. The boards are in Near Fine condition with the purple cross hatch and red quarter cloth boards. Only the lightest of a damp stain to the top of the spine, small transfer to rear of dustjacket. Price of $16.95 to the front flap. All the points for the true 1st Edition 1st printing 1st State book and dustjacket. The Chamber of Secrets also has the 1st State dustjacket, lacking the Year #2 to the top of the spine, full number line 10 - 1, and is signed to the title page by J. K. Rowling. Both signed copies were signed at the Hobbit Hall Books store in Roswell, Georgia. The Prisoner of Azkaban is also signed by the author, the two signed copies have a small gold sticker to the rear of the dustjackets, that state "Hobbit Hall Books", where they were signed. The last four books are all Near Fine in matching dustjackets, with full number line 10 - 1, with Book Number 4 being bound upside down. No other faults noted to the books. A highly collectable set of these classics. Housed in a pair of custom black leather slipcases with author, title, and a lightning bolt devices stamped in gold to the front panels, and the lightning bolt to the rear. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. We specialize in Tolkien books, so not often we have a significant signed set like this available.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1980. Christoper Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited with introduction, commentary, index and maps by Christopher Tolkien. Published by George Allen & Unwin in 1980, this is a 1st Edition 1st impression. 472 pages with foldout map of Middle-Earth, no tears or misfolds noted. Publisher's maroon cloth in 1st State, unpriced and unclipped dustjacket, with George Allen & Unwin price sticker to lower corner of front flap. Very Good Plus with some minor to top rear flap fold area, otherwise Near Fine. No fading to the blue lettering on the spine, as usually found. Maroon topstain clean and unfaded. First UK Edition, First Printing, housed in a custom leather slipcase, featuring a gilt stamped design representing a Numenorean Helmet, from the drawing by J.R.R. Tolkien. A collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-Earth to the end of the War of the Ring. Compiled from Tolkiens works left over after the publication of the Silmarillion. This book has no previous owner's names or other writing noted. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1983. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published in 1983 by George Allen & Unwin, the First UK Edition and First Printing. A Near Fine book, with unmarked boards, no bumped corners, with no previous owners name, no other writing or marks noted. The dustjacket is in Near Fine condition, with no fading to the spine, minor rubbing and no wear to the edges. This book is comprised of a number of essays, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, on philological and philosophical subjects. They were presented as formal lectures and some have appeared in scholarly journals. From the blurb, 'a lively and challenging collection of pieces dealing for the most part with medieval literature but including such topics as the invention of languages (his "secret vice"), the justification of fairy stories, and the tandem development of the English and Welsh languages. The book closes with Tolkiens's farewell to professorship five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings.' Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. A custom blue leather slipcase, felt lined with a ribbon pull, and stamped with the Tolkien Monogram to front and rear boards of the case, is provided to house and protect this wonderful book. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
U.S.A. Houghton Mifflin, 1983. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Finn and Hengest, The Fragment and the Episode, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Alan Bliss. Published by Houghton Mifflin in 1983, this is the First American Edition, 1st Impression. From the blurb, Tolkien's 'most significant contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies is to be found in his lectures on the story of Finn and Hengest, two fifth-century heroes in northern Europe. The story is told in two Old English poems, Beowulf and The Fight at Finnesburg, but told so obscurely and allusively that its interpretation has been a matter of controversy for more than a hundred years. As elucidated by Tolkien the story is a classic tragedy of divided loyalties, of vengeance, blood and death; it had the added interest that the Hengest who plays the leading role in it was very probably the Hengest who led the first Germanic invasion of Britain, and that the events it describes immediately preceded that first invasion.' 'It was Professor Tolkien's own wish that the preparation for publication of his work on Finn and Hengest should be undertaken by Alan Bliss, who studied under him from 1946 to 1948. From three separate sets of lecture notes, ranging in date from before 1930 to after 1960 Professor Bliss has pieced together a coherent statement of Tolkien's latest views expressed entirely in his own words.' The book and dustjacket are both in Near Fine condition, no names, marks, or writing noted. No foxing or offsetting, with the text block clean and bright. A lovely copy for the Tolkien collector, very hard to find in this lovely condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Milton Keynes and Altadena, 1995. Original Wraps. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference was held at Keble College, Oxford, England, from August 17-24, 1992, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien. The conference was co-sponsored by the British Tolkien Society and the Mythopoeic Society, and incorporated the annual conferences (Mythcon XXIII and Oxonmoot 1992) usually held separately by these organizations. Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992 (Mythlore 80 / Mallorn 30) edited by Patricia Reynolds and Glen H. Goodnight Eleven themed sections contain papers which address all aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien's life and work. With a comprehensive index, it includes 9 black and white photographs and 43 other black and white illustrations, diagrams and maps. This copy is in clean Very Good Plus condition, with some rubbing, no loss or tears. Has a couple of lightly bumped corners. Spine is uncreased and is not faded. No names, writing or any other markings noted. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Harper Collins, 1992. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Tolkien Family Album, by John and Priscilla Tolkien. Published in 1992 by Harper Collins, this is the 1st UK Edition, 1st impression with full numberline from 1-10. The book and it's unclipped dustjacket are both in Near Fine condition, with only the most minor of rubbing to the exterior. The textblock and endpapers are all clean and bright, free of any previous owners names or markings. From the blurb, 'This charming, informal portrait fills in with affectionate, familial detail the events of his life.' 'The Tolkien Family Album throws a warm and intimate light on this remarkable writer's private world.' Additional digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Sidgwick & Jackson, LTD., 1925. First Thus. Original Wraps. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Review of English Studies, A Quarterly Journal of English Literature and the English Language. Edited by R. B. McKerrow, Litt.D. Vol. 1.-No. 3. July 1925 The Devils Coach-Horses By J.R.R. Tolkien. From Wikipedia, The Devil's Coach Horses is a 1925 essay by J. R. R. Tolkien ("Devil's coach-horse" is a British expression for a particular kind of rove beetle). Tolkien draws attention to the devil's steeds called eaueres in Hali Meidhad, translated "boar" in the Early English Text Society edition of 1922, but in reference to the jumenta "yoked team, draught horse" of Joel (Joel 1:17), in the Vulgata Clementina computruerunt jumenta in stercore suo, (the Nova Vulgata has semina for Hebrew ???? "grain"). Rather than from the Old English word for "boar", eofor (German Eber) Tolkien derives the word from eafor "packhorse", from a verb aferian "transport", related to Middle English aver "draught-horse", a word surviving in northern dialects. The Proto-Germanic root *ab- "energy, vigour, labour" of the word is cognate to Latin opus. This lovely volume is very well preserved in Very Good Plus condition, showing some edgewear consisting of a minor chip with some loss, a couple of closed tears, and folding along the bottom edges of the original wrappers. The text block shows very little browning to the pages, no foxing, no names or markings, nice and clean. The uncut edges are uniform at the top, with some outsized pages on the side, while the bottom is quite uneven in regards to page length. Minor curvature to the spine, with very minor loss to the bottom fold area. A very scarce piece in rare condition, now housed in a custom Italian cloth clamshell cases with title and author gilt stamped to the spine, the JRRT monogram to the front and rear boards. An exceptional opportunity to add this splendid volume to any Tolkien Collection. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1964. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally published in 1964 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. This is a 3rd impression, published in 1968. This copy has an original J.R.R. Tolkien cut signature glued to the front free endpaper. A beautiful example of his flowing signature, no doubts to it's authenticity. It is also one of the early printings that have the 'stamped' signature to the title page, which can be favorably compared to the real one. A Near Fine book in a Very Good price-clipped dustjacket, showing bit of fading to the spine and extremities, with a chip out of the top back panel, a closed tear at the lower front spine fold area. No foxing, has a small neat gift inscription to first blank page. Clean and tight. Contains 'On Fairy-Stories', and 'Leaf by Niggle'. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Harper Collins, 2014. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins in 2014, the 60th Anniversary Edition, a four volume boxed set featuring Tolkien's original unused dustjacket designs, together with the fourth volume, A Reader's Companion, which includes special features and the definitive edition of the text. This set is still sealed in the publishers shrinkwrap, with one slightly bumped upper rear corner of the slipcase. I doubt if it has bumped the corner of the book, but it is possible. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Philip Smith, 1970. Philip Smith. Soft Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings and other Bookbindings of Philip Smith. Signed by C Philip Smith to the top of the title page. Self published in London in 1970. The first part of the book is devoted to the renowned 'Lord of the Rings Wall of Books'. Very well illustrated in black and white, with technical notes on the binding process he used. The second part of the book deals with other superb bindings by this renowned bookbinding artist. The text is by Philip Smith in English with parallel French translation. The covers are silvered card with black printing - very difficult to photograph properly. The cover show some rubbing and creasing with minor color loss at the fold area. A minor amount of edgewear, but still in Very Good condition for it's 40 years of age. No previous owners names or writing noted. A very scarce and desired book, rarely available for the collector. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Firsts Magazine, 1995. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Firsts Magazine, Collecting Modern First Editions, Cover story featuring The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published October, 1995, Volume 5, Number 10. The article titled: J.R.R. Tolkien: Moonlighting in Middle-Earth. Magazine is in Near Fine condition, no marks, no writing, has been stored in plastic, keeping the cover fresh and clean. No bent corners or other faults noted. A beautiful copy for the Tolkien Collector. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
New York: Doubleday, 2005. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Fourth Realm Trilogy, Comprised of The Traveler, The Dark River, and The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks. 1st US Edition, published by Doubleday in 2005, 2007, and 2009. All three books are Signed Numbered Limited Edition's with his famous chop stamp and Limitation Number (1 of 777) to each book. A rare opportunity to find all three books in as new condition. Many were damaged in the shipping process for the signing, and show bumped corners, but none of these have any bumps or damage whatsoever. Clean and tight, bright, no markings or previous owners names, in protective mylar. A custom hand marbled paper slipcase will be supplied to house and protect these fabulous books, making a wonderful presentation of this new trilogy that explores a parallel world to our own. As the author 'lives off the grid', there will very likely not be any additional signings of his books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested.
London: Scholastic Press, 2005. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A set of the trade hardcover 10th Anniversary 1st Editions of His Dark Materials, comprised of Northern Lights (renamed the Golden Compass for the soon to be released movie), The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass, with each of the 3 volumes signed to the Title Page. Each volume is a Fine hard back in Fine dust wrappers, All 3 books are SIGNED by the author on the three title pages. This is not the limited edition. These books were printed to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary 1995 --- 2005. As the books were printed in 2005 these edition are first printings of the Anniversary Edition and hence contain the numbers 1 to 10 on the publication page. Plus a signed copy of Lyra's Oxford with the accompanying, rarer trial 'dustwrapper'. All books and dustjackets are unread and As New. Also includes a special bonus of a signed copy of 'Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things', in wraps as issued. This is one of only 500 copies that were printed. It contains Pullman's full text to his closing address, delivered at the 2002 NATE Conference. Especially elusive in this signed state. You will received a total of 5 signed books by Philip Pullman, as well as the trial dustwrapper for Lyra's Oxford. A wonderful selection of signed copies for the discriminating collector. With the movie, the Golden Compass soon to be released, these will not last long. Digital images available on request. Any questions, please feel free to inquire.