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Letter to Miss Turnbull (19 May 1955)

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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 May 19th, 1955.

  • 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.[1]
  • Authenticity: Medium
  • Publication: None

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 wi[2]


  1. as of June 25, 2010
  2. Michael Treloar Antiquarian ANZAAB/ILAB (Adelaide, SA, Australia) [last word ends abruptly]