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'''Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to a Miss Turnbull in Whitby, Yorkshire. The letter was written on [[May 19th]], [[1955]].
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'''Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to a Miss Turnbull in Whitby, Yorkshire. The letter was written on [[19 May]], [[1955]].<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 456</ref>
  
*'''Description:''' Octavo, two pages, on one leaf with printed letterhead (76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford). With the original envelope addressed in his hand; folded once across the centre to fit the envelope.<ref>[http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=245792012&searchurl=kn%3DTolkien%2Bletter%26sortby%3D1%26x%3D0%26y%3D0 AbeBooks.com] as of June 25, 2010</ref>
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*'''Description:''' Octavo, two pages, on one leaf with printed letterhead (76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford). With the original envelope addressed in his hand; folded once across the centre to fit the envelope.<ref>[http://www.treloars.com/ Michael Treloar Antiquarian (Adelaide, SA, Australia)] (accessed 25 June 2010)</ref>
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*'''Publication:''' The letter was quoted in ''[[Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991]]''.
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== Contents (from the bookseller) ==
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Tolkien thanks Miss Turnbull for her 'munificent and magnificent gift' (apparently champagne), apologises profusely for the tardy response [the gift having arrived two days earlier!!!] and discusses what was presumably the cause for celebration - clearing his desk of 'The Return of the King'. 'Though sending off the last items [with a marginal comment 'and at last'] for Vol III might have seemed a suitable occasion for the withdrawing of at least one cork, I have so far refrained; but when I drink I shall remember with a gratitude at least as warm and deep as Old Rory felt for the bottles of Old Winyards. I can only hope Vol III will be up to it!' The literary and cinematic world certainly think it is ..<ref>[http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=245792012&searchurl=kn%3DTolkien%2Bletter%26sortby%3D1%26x%3D0%26y%3D0 Tolkien Letter] at [http://www.abebooks.com Abebooks.com] (accessed 25 June 2010)</ref><ref group="note">The editors of AbeBooks had failed to include the full description of the letter (which ends abruptly with "a suitable occasion for the wi". However, a private correspondance<!-- by USER:Morgan --> with Michael Treloar Antiquarian revealed the full letter description, as presented above.</ref>
  
Tolkien thanks Miss Turnbull for her 'munificent and magnificent gift' (apparently champagne), apologises profusely for the tardy response [the gift having arrived two days earlier!!!] and discusses what was presumably the cause for celebration - clearing his desk of 'The Return of the King'. 'Though sending off the last items [with a marginal comment 'and at last'] for Vol III might have seemed a suitable occasion for the wi<ref>Michael Treloar Antiquarian ANZAAB/ILAB (Adelaide, SA, Australia) [last word ends abruptly]</ref>
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*[[Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949]]
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*[[Miss Turnbull 2 May 1955]]
  
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Latest revision as of 19:18, 9 December 2011

Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to a Miss Turnbull in Whitby, Yorkshire. The letter was written on 19 May, 1955.[1]

  • Description: Octavo, two pages, on one leaf with printed letterhead (76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford). With the original envelope addressed in his hand; folded once across the centre to fit the envelope.[2]
  • Publication: The letter was quoted in Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991.

[edit] Contents (from the bookseller)

Tolkien thanks Miss Turnbull for her 'munificent and magnificent gift' (apparently champagne), apologises profusely for the tardy response [the gift having arrived two days earlier!!!] and discusses what was presumably the cause for celebration - clearing his desk of 'The Return of the King'. 'Though sending off the last items [with a marginal comment 'and at last'] for Vol III might have seemed a suitable occasion for the withdrawing of at least one cork, I have so far refrained; but when I drink I shall remember with a gratitude at least as warm and deep as Old Rory felt for the bottles of Old Winyards. I can only hope Vol III will be up to it!' The literary and cinematic world certainly think it is ..[3][note 1]

[edit] See also

Notes

  1. The editors of AbeBooks had failed to include the full description of the letter (which ends abruptly with "a suitable occasion for the wi". However, a private correspondance with Michael Treloar Antiquarian revealed the full letter description, as presented above.

[edit] References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 456
  2. Michael Treloar Antiquarian (Adelaide, SA, Australia) (accessed 25 June 2010)
  3. Tolkien Letter at Abebooks.com (accessed 25 June 2010)