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Sotheby's Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts 13 December 2001

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Sotheby's Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts 13 December 2001
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PublisherLondon: Sotheby's
Released2001
FormatAuction catalogue
Pages290[1] or 266[2]

Sotheby's Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts 13 December 2001 is an auction catalogue from Sotheby's (London). This catalogue includes several Tolkien-related lots, the most notable being:[3]

  • Lot 546 (p.256) - Tolkien's annotated personal copy of the two volume Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Two notes are reproduced in photographs - one is associated with the entry for 'Fairy', while the other is a definition for 'Bag-end'.
  • Lot 549 (p.259) - A specially bound first edition set of The Lord of the Rings. The lot description quotes from a letter and note by Tolkien to Peter Alford regarding titles for each of the six books.
  • Lot 552 (pp.262-3) - A letter to Pauline Baynes dated 4 June 1949 - The lot description includes extracts mentioning Farmer Giles of Ham and The Lord of the Rings. The first page of the letter is reproduced in a photograph.
  • Lot 554 (pp.264-5) - Four letters to Pauline Baynes dating from 23 November 1961 to 3 August 1962 - the lot description includes quotes discussing The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Five pages from the letters are reproduced in a photograph. (This lot was offered again in a later Sotheby's catalogue, see Lot 789, Sotheby's Literature and Illustration 11-12 July 2002)
  • Lot 557 (p.266) - A letter to Anthony D. Howlett dated 28 May 1969 - The lot description includes extracts discussing the name 'Rivendell'. The first page of the letter is reproduced in a photograph.

References

  1. Joseph A. Freilich Bookseller, as of May 2, 2010.
  2. GoAntiques.com, as of May 2, 2010.
  3. An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography at Tolkienbooks.net