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  • A generous gift - the tale behind a signed copy of El Hobito
    Tolkien The book was given to Father Antonio Quevedo by John F R Tolkien the priest in charge at the parish where he was doing a one month assignment In the Parish Newsletter from 9 September 1973 we read there was a mass for J R R Tolkien on Friday the 14th and a prayer for the professor during the over sixties club meeting on 3 September 1973 the day after Tolkien had past away at the age 81 In our prayers let us remember all who have died past week Professor Tolkien Mrs Laura Johnson and Mr John Paton Let us pray that the relatives and friends mourn will soon find comfort Let us also pray for children and teachers who start back to school next week People who are trying to gain their freedom may this be fulfilled in a peacful way Let us pray that Fr Antonio has a good journey to Rome and find happiness and success in the work he is doing A few days later Fr Antonio left the parish and took his El Hobito over to Rome It is still being treasured by him today and will be so for many years to come A generous gift the tale behind a signed copy of El Hobito Father Antonio Quevedo was ordained as a catholic priest on June 29th 1971 and completed his theology studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome a year later He then started his biblical studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome In the late summer of 1973 Father Antonio Quevedo was given a one month assignment at Stoke on Trent England where Father John F R Tolkien the first son of J R R Tolkien was the priest in charge at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels and at St Peter in Chains They both resided in the same parish where they had time to get to know each other On September 2nd their routines were suddenly interrupted when Father John received news of his father s death At that time the second priest in charge was on vacation and thus Father Antonio was asked to lead the Church while Father John traveled to Oxford to bury his father A photo of the Parish house taken by Father Antonio 1973 Father Antonio took over the responsibilities as the priest in charge over the Roman Catholic community in Stoke on Trent during Father John s absence He still remembers the visits to the hospitals to give the Anointing of the Sick When Father John returned from Oxford he presented Father Antonio with a book entitled El Hobito as a token of his appreciation for his work The title page includes a dedication which reads given to Father Antonio by J F R Tolkien as a memento of his stay at Stoke September 1973 The book given to Father Antonio is very unique because it was previously signed by J R R Tolkien and dedicated to his

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  • Jean Claude Mouret, aka Estelläer, a 19 year old French musician, and an avid Tolkien collector living in the United States
    myself acquiring the most intriguing items almost inevitably What do you collect Limited editions first printings and signed books I try not to purchase cheap paperback books or movie memorabilia but I do have a bit of everything How big is your collection I have currently between 150 and 200 books Not that many because I strive to acquire real long term possessions and not cheap memorabilia What has been your greatest find so far Historically speaking my The Return of the King 1st US printing from 1956 Aestethically speaking my Children of Húrin Super Deluxe Signed Edition I have many First Printings which make me very proud of my collection Tell us about your Web site I have a Facebook Page wherein I display and discuss about collecting Tolkien If you would like to join it and check out my posts or comment about anything Tolkien feel free to do so www facebook com TolkienLibrarium Check for Tolkien items on sale at my eBay seller store myworld ebay com nauhir What does collecting mean to you Collecting is a never ending task and everytime I succeed in finding a valuable item my collector s ego rejoices and swells I

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  • Mikko Marcelo, a Tolkien collector from the Philippines
    SCARCE AND RARE TOLKIEN BOOKS FOR SALE Collector Profile Mikko Marcelo In a hole in a ground there lived Mikko Marcelo 19 years old from the Philippines How did you get started in collecting When The Fellowship of The Ring came out I actually loved it and asked Santa Claus for the fully poseable Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins for Christmas After a few years I started watching the movies again and that s when I read The Hobbit I finished it and I got hooked What do you collect I focus my collection on the Hobbit Anything about The Hobbit I m actually trying to collect different kinds of covers of the book and The Hobbit in other mediums such as audio books etc I got the comic book and as of now I have 10 different covers I got the blu ray and the dvd special editions as well What has been your greatest find so far Greatest find would be the Sting replica and the One Ring replica I believe if you are a fan you wouldn t let those miss out on your collection What does collecting mean to you It s endless You d want

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  • Marco Maniezzi, a collector of Italian Tolkien books
    first edition was the red version printed by Rusconi in the same year and since that day i read it at least once a year and the same is with The Silmarillion but what really got me started in collecting was an edition i didn t buy in 1998 because it was too expensive for my pockets and it became my Chimera for many years until i finally found it and added to my collection What do you collect I decided to focalize my collection only on books directly related to the Middle earth history from The Silmarillion and The History of Middle earth to The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings For the most part my books are all first italian editions but i bought some US and UK books that i loved for their quality and generally the hardbacks are the ones i prefer What has been your greatest find so far I have no doubt about it at the moment my best book is the one printed by Rusconi in 1970 in only 300 copies ad personam in brown leather and marbled slipcase then a 1000 copies limited and numbered edition named green leather for the

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  • Pierre Dobrzykowski, a collector of German and Japanese Tolkien books
    version of The Hobbit the 70th anniversary edition At first I only wanted to have all the major Tolkien books such as The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit and The Silmarillion in English As one can expect my plan didn t work out I was browsing through Amazon and others for more books and suddenly an entire Tolkien book industry opened up before my eyes From then on and my collection has started to gradually grow What do you collect Though I don t have any fixed outlines I try to stick to some principles I try to collect only hardbacks if possible because they re more durable than paperbacks and simply look better in my opinion Secondly I collect German editions Hobbit translations and occasionally try to get my hands on 1st editions The only thing I try to avoid is film items or film tie in books and in general anything that s not a book In the future I ll try to track down the very first German Hobbit edition Kleiner Hobbit und der große Zauberer 1957 It s extremely rare and hard to find even in times of ebay and all the other resources Furthermore I will try to buy every Tolkien book translated into Japanese If it s worth it I ll consider a serious collecting of the Japanese editions What s more a signed book is of course something I would definitely be looking forward to How big is your collection At the moment December 2012 it s exactly 102 volumes They are mostly German editions and secondary works What has been your greatest find so far Sadly enough I don t have any super rare or signed items in my collection although there are definitely some books I really do like Among

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  • Tolkien Collector Profile of Oronzo Cilli - copy-editor of the second edition of the annotated Hobbit
    of editions UK 17 Italy 23 Saudi Arabia 1 Argentina 1 Armenia 1 Brazil 1 Bulgaria 1 Canada 1 Croatia 1 Esperanto 1 Finland 2 France 10 Japan 1 Germany 2 Israel 1 Norway 2 Netherlands 11 Poland 1 Portugal 1 Czech Republic 1 China 1 Republika Srpska 1 Slovakia 1 Romania 1 Russia 1 Spain 2 Sweden 2 United States 7 Turkey 1 Ukraine 1 and Hungary 1 For The Hobbit UK 15 Italy 22 Brazil 2 China 1 Esperanto 1 France 6 Germany 2 Greece 1 Iranian 1 Israel 1 Norway 1 Netherlands 2 Poland 1 Portugal 1 Czech Republic 2 China 1 the Republic of Serbia 3 Slovacca Republic 1 the Republic of Slovenia 1 Romania 1 Russia 4 Spain 1 and the United States 9 In addition many other books written by Tolkien about 200 in English French Serbian Japanese Dutch Portuguese and of course all those published in Italy to date Even the books about Tolkien life and his work over 150 editions mainly Italian but also English French and Japanese What else do you have I have a lot of items almost one thousand divided into two main categories those related to the trilogy by Peter Jackson and those produced before the release of the three movies Among the items related to the movie blades masks statues of various sizes almost 80 coins and stamps created in New Zealand 60 pieces thumbnail normal and 3D puzzles all versions of DVD and VHS music CDs all various editions games posters almost 70 paper clips rings sheet music chess and films of the three movies Among the objects of the pre film music LPs and no different from Bo Hansson Sally Oldfield Leonard Rosenman Rankin Bass Tolkien Swann The Hobbits Nicol Williamson and many others Calendars from 1974 to present very original advertising material related to the late 70s films of Ralph Bakshi ceramics collections of prints and much more that you can check out even if it is not complete on my website tolkieniano blogspot com What are the most important objects in your collection All items are important because each one of them reminds me something Nonetheless there are few editions I am remarkably attached like the first Italian edition of the Fellowship published in Italy in 1967 by the Astrolabe which did not find so much consensus In fact the other two volumes were never printed and the rights were sold to Rusconi that made its fortune from 1970 to 2000 when Bompiani decided to take over the company releasing from then on all the Tolkien works in Italy Another edition is the one of 70s by Rusconi made in brown leather with marbled box set and printed in 300 copies ad personam My copy is in the top ten of those three hundred and was given to me from a very important personality in my country Then I am very fond of the Ace Books edition the first Dutch edition with the

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  • Collector Profile: Henk Brassien (The Netherlands, 1948), Hobbit Hunter
    took me until 1975 to get a first Tolkien book of my own I wanted revenge I started to collect What do you collect I collect books by and on Tolkien But as it is impossible and too expensive too to collect everything I specialized in collecting The Hobbit All the Dutch imprints I now have 75 out of 75 imprints since 1960 and at least one copy of any language in which The Hobbit ever was published As far as I know there some 60 or a little more different translations of The Hobbit The missing ones See my website www hobbithunter nl If anyone of you has a missing Hobbit mail me at hobbits planet nl please How big is your collection My collection is about 1 700 items at this moment August 2011 and still growing thanks to the internet Almost all the items are books I have some 400 Hobbits in 60 languages As I said there are 75 Dutch Hobbits but also 29 German Hobbits including the first print 1957 113 English 23 French 41 Russian 16 Spanish etc Plus some Tolkien inspired music LP s and CD s board games that I never play folders calendars History of Middle Earth books on Tolkien etc What has been your greatest find so far Hard to say Many finds are precious to me Because they are scarce or just beautiful You want some examples Well there is of course the first Hobbit I ever had 1975 the first imprint of the Dutch LotR 1956 1957 with dust jacks only 3 000 sets were printed and the Linguaphone LP set on which Tolkien reads two chapters And the first prints of the Swedish 1947 German 1957 Polish 1960 and Portugese 1962 Hobbit Tell us about your Web

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  • The most expensive copies of The Hobbit in the World - Association Copies
    so valuable and what they all have in common In 1937 Tolkien and his The Hobbit were not well know and as a result there are only few signed copies out there Most or maybe all are presentation copies given to close friends family or relatives These The Hobbit books are called association copies since all these hobbits have been dedicated to someone really important or close to Tolkien Surely each of these books must be the crown jewels in the collections where they are housed now Most of them were sold at the hight of the Lord of the Rings movie hype in 2002 and 2003 but around 2008 and 2009 some other pearls came on the market and I would not be surprised that over the next few years we will see some other association copies come on the market again and brake some new records I know it is a bad thing to show these books since any Tolkien collector dreams to have such a book and this article may just bring them a big depression Most of us realize that these kind of hobbits are only for the rich and famous but to be honest they are so marvellous to look at and we can only hope these copies are being treasured and preserved in the best conditions So let us look at the most fabulous copies of The Hobbit in existence The Hobbit and Aunt Jane During the secret courtship between Tolkien s father Arthur and Mabel Suffield it was Emily Jane Suffield 1872 1963 Aunt Jane who passed letters between the two lovers After the death of his father and during the illness of his mother J R R Tolkien was to stay with his aunt The two formed a close relationship and after the death of his mother the friendship between Tolkien and Aunt Jane deepened on both personal and artistic levels In the 1920s Worcestershire locals refered to the lane which led to Aunt Jane s farm as Bag End The name was later used by Tolkien as the residence of Bilbo Baggins In the early 1960s Aunt Jane asked her nephew for a small book with Tom Bombadil at the heart of it The result was The Adventures of Tom Bombadil published the following year A few months later Aunt Jane died It must not be so surprising that when The Hobbit was released on the 21st September in 1937 that JRR Tolkien did immediatly send over a 1st impression copy to his Aunt Jane The following presentation copy dedicated to Jane Suffield was sold in July 2002 at an auction by Sotheby s On the first page we can read Aunt Jane from J R R T with love October 6th 1937 This copy holds a loosely inserted manuscript runic alphabet in Tolkien s hand Collectors and Tolkien fans were drawn into a bidding frenzy as the price soared past GBP 27 850 the previous world record for a copy

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