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  • The amazing art of bookbinding - The Silmarillion
    Silmarillion in fact it seems not a lot have been made I have tried to find copies of the Silmarillion bound by the better binderies but could not find any So Tolkien lovers do you own a copy know a copy or make a fine rebinding Please do sent info and pictures over to me and I ll add them here This amazing binding of The Silmarillion was created by bookbinder and artist Philip Smith with the note inside cover Philip Smith Designed 1978 79 Completed 1980 The front of the book consists of two flaps of sculpted dark morocco with inlaid stones covering a hand painted triptych inspired by The Silmarillion At the back of the book we see the face of Morgoth with his crown and two Silmarils At the spince there is written Tolkien and The Silmarillion in gold and palladium The books is housed in a matching slipcase This is probably the most beautiful copy of The Silmarillion ever made Although I know Philip Smith must have made some others that could match this one This copu was sold on auction at Sotheby s Paris in December 2008 for 13 750 Ok technically this copy is not a rebinding and in fact is not even an officially published printing of The Silmarillion But is is one of the most beautiful copies of The Silmarillion I have ever seen You can read the interview with Benjamin Harf who created this Silmarillion as exam at the Academy of Fine Arts All the initials the calligraphic pages and illumination are drawn and painted by hand The pages were bound in a leather goatskin cover to give the book an amazing finish It is amazing how one person spend almost one year and a half writing decorating and illuminating The Silmarillion The result is very stunning The following 1st edition of The Silmarillion was bound by an amazing talented American bookbinder and was commissioned by David Miller a specialized Tolkien book dealer This copy has been newly rebound in full Terra Cotta morocco leather All edges of the textblock have been trimmed and gilded Custom marbled paper by Joan Ajala of Austalia for the endpapers was used to ensure the highest quality possible This design features Tengwar Title Author gilt stamped to front boards with large gilt stamped image of the heraldic device Tolkien designed to represent Luthien Tinuviel The rear boards have the JRRT monogram gilt stamped with single gilt rule to all edges and turn in s The raised bands to spine with small version of the heraldic device show The Silmarillion J R R Tolkien George Allen Unwin and 1977 written in gold in the compartments Similar versions in different types of leather have been made and all really looked fantastic It must be a thrill to read a book like The Silmarillion in this full leather binding The last copy I want to show is a fine example of the very hard to find Super Deluxe

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  • The amazing art of bookbinding - The Hobbit
    and all gilded page edges make this Hobbit stunning On the front cover in a cave fortress drawn in gilt a sinuous red dragon guards piles of treasure surmounted by a radiant pearl presumably representing the Arkenstone of Thrain On the rear cover the Hobbit approaches the treasure holding a torch and a pearl Both covers have on laid maroon and green borders decorated with Celtic interlace and lozenges in gilt with 10 red jewels on small yellow floral on lays The spine in six compartments separated by gilt tooled raised bands shows four colored labels adorned with butterfly spider sword and dragon gilt tooling and a third white jewel The full morocco front and rear doublures are bordered titled and accented in gilt created in an intricate mosaic of many colored on laid morocco depicting two imaginary landscapes from the book Rivendell and Mirkwood The binder made a small mistake and wrote Riverdell but it ressembles very well Tolkien s own interpetation of the valley Housed in a velvet lined book style drop back case of full morocco titled in gilt on spine This first edition first printing has been changing owner a couple of times and was recently esimated by PBA galleries between USD 60000 and USD 90000 The Hobbit binding with superb onlays by The Chelsea Bindery The first of Tolkien s works of fiction to be published The Hobbit began as an amusement for the Tolkien children and reached print rather unexpectedly a typescript of it having been shown to the publisher by a former pupil of Tolkien s Originally Allen Unwin planned to illustrate the book only with the endpaper maps but Tolkien s first tendered sketches so charmed the publisher s staff that they opted to include them without raising the book s price despite the extra cost Thus encouraged Tolkien supplied a second batch of illustrations The publisher accepted all of these as well giving the first edition ten black and white illustrations plus the two endpaper maps The first color plates only appeared 6 months later in the 1st American edition of the Hobbit To honor the art by JRR Tolkien the Chelsea Bindery has taken these illustrations to decorate this first impression of the Hobbit using superb onlays On the front the onlay imitates the scene of the frontispiece Hobbiton across the Water On the back Bilbo floats on his barrel towards the huts of the Raft elves These two superb onlays make this copy one of the most beautiful rebindings ever made Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco this The Hobbit 1st impression also has gilt titles and decoration on the spine raised bands a single gilt rule to the boards an elaborate onlay to both the front and back boards twin rule to turn ins gilt black coated endpapers and all edges gilt This amazing piece of art is available by Peter Harrington for GBP 15000 Bayntun Riviere bindings of The Hobbit Bayntun Riviere known

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  • The amazing art of bookbinding - The Lord of the Rings - Part 2
    titles of the six Books the only proper division of The Lord of the Rings were those originally devised before its publication in three parts Peter Alford has my approval of his own choice of sub titles on his bindings J R R Tolkien This amazing beautiful set of first impressions of The Lord of the Rings was sold on auction by Sotheby s for GBP 32 450 in December 2001 Bayntun Riviere bindings of The Lord of the Rings Bayntun Riviere is now the last of the great Victorian trade binderies still in family ownership and prides itself on continuing to bind entirely by hand Since 1928 they are located in Bath in England and have produced some of the finest Lord of the Rings bindings Here is a fine example of a rebound 1969 India Paper Deluxe Edition This presentation copy is inscribed by JRR Tolkien Christmas 1969 E M Jebb with best wishes and kind re membrances from J R R T on a slip laid down to the front free endpaper The full red morocco by Bayntun Riviere with Tolkien s design originally used for the India paper edition cover in gilt together with grey and black morocco onlays really is wonderful Further characteristics of this book are the spine in compartments gilt edges and a colllector s red morocco folding box As usual for Baynton Riviere this binding is done in the traditional manner using the highest quality materials for example the edges of all of our bindings are gilded by hand using 23 ct gold This copy was sold on auction by Sotheby s in December 2007 for GBP 5 625 Another great example is the following Lord of the Rings set The Fellowship is a tenth impression and The Two Towers and The Return of the King are both seventh impression Each volume is signed by J R R Tolkien on the title page The full green morocco features Tolkien s Ring and Eye device in gilt and black on upper covers together with Tolkien s certar lettering in black at top edge spine with title as written by Frodo in The Return of the King The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo in Rivendell in black and gilt Many binders have reproduced the Ring and Eye device but here it was done by a true book binding artist This perfect looking set of The Lord of the Rings was sold on auction by Sothey s for GBP 9 375 A touch of magic by the Chelsea Bindery Launched by Peter Harrington in 2000 The Chelsea Bindery specialises in fine binding preservation boxes and has produced numerous fantastic looking Lord of the Rings fine rebindings For example the following set consisting out a 7th impression of The Fellowship of the Ring a 5th impression of The Two Towers and a 3rd impression of The Return of

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  • The amazing art of bookbinding - The Lord of the Rings - Part 1
    a series of bindings where the design flowed across several covers and Philip Smith perceived that this concept could allow him freedom of expression and technique He ordered six sets of unbound sheets of the 1968 edition from the publishers George Allen Unwin and subsequently purchased the 1966 edition from a bookseller The bindings were subsequently exhibited at the Craftsman s Art Exhibition in May 1973 J R R Tolkien visited the exhibition and saw the bindings and was very delighted He commented to Philip Smith that at the age of eighty one he could at last say what he liked and that indeed he liked Philips Smith s bindings very much Tolkien even purchased a binding of The Lord of the Rings by Philip Smith at this exhibition and presented it as a gift to the Duke of Edinburgh Philip Smith from his side stated he owes J R R Tolkien an immense debt for the inspiration he gained from the reading of his works The first Lord of the Rings book wall created by Philip Smith can be viewed on three different levels 1 When the twenty one volumes are in the display case you see one overall image of the lidless eye of Mordor In the middle is the Tengwar incantation from the One Ring The exaggerated and fluid shape of the eye reflects the multiplying evil of Mordor At the opposite side of the wall you can see the ground plan of the city Minas Tirith 2 Each book when opened forms its own integral image relating to the Lord of the Rings The series of book images can be read from top left through to bottom right Amongst others one can see the following scenes Gandalf s arrival at Bilbo s front door the fireworks at Bilbo s birthday party the Council of Elrond the Balrog and Gandalf falling into the chasm the Forbidden Pool Shelob s lair the Circle of Isengard and the Tower of Saruman the Battle of Helm s Deep and the final eruption of Mount Doom 3 When the books are placed next to each other on a conventional book shelf the lettering on the spine of each volume is at different vertical position According to Philip Smith if staves are drawn at 45 mm intervals the basis of a musical sequence can be obtained The volumes set flat within the double sided rosewood and perspex display case measures 800 by 1170 mm In July 2003 this amazing art work was sold by auction at Christies for 151 200 GBP Next to this large book wall Philip Smith later created a smaller one that consisted of 6 deluxe editions In total he made at least 54 bindings for The Lord of the Rings and made many bindings for other books like The Hobbit The annotated Hobbit and The Silmarillion During the creation of these bindings Philip Smith not only changed the art of bookbinding completely but also invented Maril marble inlaid

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  • Something to celebrate: 30 years The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
    of transcripts of letters that I compiled over the years It is amazing when you order all letters by date to see how Tolkien s signature evolved over time It is a good reference file to discover fake signatures There where moments I thought to write to the Tolkien Estate to see if a publication of such a collection was possible but somehow I know it is not my call My big passion is Tolkien s autograph and I try not publish to many images online of those since there are always sadly enough people who want to try and forge signatures Lately a lot of fake letters have been pushed on the market through ebay and the flood of these forgeries has even slowed down the sale of genuine letters There have been fewer and fewer Tolkien letters up for sale on auctions and mostly the letters by J R R Tolkien that get sold are also not so interesting as the onces we saw being sold before the release of Peter Jackson s movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings long handwritten personal letters seem to have been hoarded up by now and don t seem to switch hands any more There have been several rules I have put on myself when it comes to Tolkien collecting one of the biggest is to stay away of type signed letters TLS For one or another reason I have never been attracted to collect typed letters by Tolkien Some are very interesting but lately almost 9 in 10 were fakes and so my feeling about not collecting them proved to be right Letters are strange items when it comes to value it is very different from signed Tolkien books where there are some simple rules to follow to determine the value With letters it is not so easy since most of the value is determined by very subjective things like how interesting is the content of the letter is there any mention of Lord of the Rings The Hobbit or The Silmarillion who was it written to when was it sent out for example we have seen up for auction the last known letter written by Tolkien and mainly because of that it was sold for far more then anyone would have guessed As said at the moment the sale of letters has slowed down but will go up again a lot with the Hobbit movies coming We have seen it happen before and can now already feel a slight change in the market So let us celebrate this year and read once more from Letters of The Letters of J R R Tolkien I m certain if you have not read this book before you will learn a lot about Tolkien and will enjoy this book very much So pick up a copy As for collectors I ll post here a couple of examples of pre prepared letters very much like my own pre prepared email templates where

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  • The Tolkien Collector Magazine no. 31 almost ready
    Profile added Giulio Torlai Saturday 29 November 2014 Back to the past Simon J Cook on Tolkien and History Tuesday 7 October 2014 Will we ever see The Silmarillion on the big screen SHOW ALL ARTICLES Subscribe in a reader The Tolkien Collector Magazine no 31 almost ready 10 01 11 by Pieter Collier Comments Wayne Hammond Christina Scull have just posted on their blog Too Many Books and Never Enough that the latest issue of The Tolkien Collector no 31 is almost ready for posting to subscribers This is great news I always look forward to The Tolkien Collector Magazine This an occasional magazine for serious collectors of J R R Tolkien usually exists of 32 or 36 pages and includes news about new and forthcoming books by and about Tolkien translations of Tolkien s works recordings videos and other Tolkieniana and feature sublime articles on aspects of collecting Tolkien and Tolkien bibliography Most impressive are articles that describe in detail and step by step on how to recognise 1st editions of for example The Lord of the Rings For serious Tolkien collectors this is the must have magazine While very specialized in topic and probably not so interesting to the general Tolkien lover this magazine has the same quality as all the other works produced by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull I think among others about J R R Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography Winchester bibliographies of 20th century writers and The J R R Tolkien Companion and Guide Boxed Set Chronology AND Reader s Guide It remains everytime impressive to see how dedicated and perfectionistic Wayne Christina work The only thing I can say is that I thank them once again and wish them a fine new year Contents of The Tolkien Collector 31 In addition to the

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  • Collecting Tolkien books
    read essays on Tolkien and study Tolkien related topics Maybe there is no exact word to describe someone who collects Tolkien books except from the obvious Tolkien book collector but it is certain there are many out there Collections can vary a lot and can include miniature books limited editions comic books illustrated editions deluxe editions folio society editions custom bound editions marginalia inscribed or signed books or even galley proofs and advance review copies There are literary millions of Tolkien books out there and so no Tolkien book collection will look the same The starting point for the collection is however often the same a profound love for the works of Tolkien or even better a deep love for Middle earth that J R R Tolkien created Very often people start their collection with one single Tolkien book just to be able to re read the book they love so much The big question of course is why do Middle earth lovers tend to end up with a huge Tolkien book collection Most collectors first start out to acquire more books by J R R Tolkien in a quest to find and read all the books he wrote Because there are so many nice illustrated editions out there they probably see and acquire them while searching for something more to read They also end up with books about J R R Tolkien himself because at a certain point they just want to learn more about the author and try to find the answer who the person was that created this magnificent world they have become to adore so much But even while this would leave you with a nice collection already some Tolkien lovers have by then discovered the love for Tolkien book collecting How lovely would it be to own a first edition of The Lord of the Rings How fantastic would it be to have a book signed by your favorite Tolkien illustrator Or what if you manage to stumble upon a copy signed by J R R Tolkien himself The thrill to go out in shops and online stores searching for that one special book becomes the drive for collecting Book collecting is a strange thing most of the time book collectors prefer to have to thrill of finding that one special book over actually owning it That is why when you meet up with a Tolkien book collector he will have a story to tell about every single book in his collection This retelling of how they found it takes them back to the essence of book collecting the thrill to find unique items In the end most books will survive the collector many times and there for the items in Tolkien collection are treasured studied and passed on Once a Tolkien collector moves to the stage he starts studying the items he owns I believe he has reached the final level of collecting and once again the focus of his collection will shift towards

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  • Avoid Bying Fake Tolkien Signatures on Ebay
    signature and it is genuine then it will not remain that way very long and there will be a good bidding war going on 9 Oh yes Tolkien would never write his name wrong and there for never signs with Tolkein 10 And original art by Tolkien will NEVER be sold on ebay I could go one telling you tips but in the end the most important thing is that at the moment you can only trust 1 in 10 of the signed Tolkien items to be genuine So the chance is always higher that it is fake So let us have a look now tat some of the items that have been sold on ebay and tell you exactly why they are not genuine Maybe this is a better way I m going to stop showing people genuine autographs and try and explain what to look for to find genuine signatures but will start to show fakes in order to show what to avoid Examples of fake Tolkien authographs and items that were sold on ebay The Great Divorce written by C S Lewis not signed by J R R Tolkien This is of course a fake item and the forgery is in all respect a very bad one The first problem is the typical blue ink that keeps coming back and is now closely linked with forged signatures since many of the forgeries of Tolkien s autograph have all been written in this type of blue ink Next to the obvious mistakes in the signature itself as well as in the stroke under it Tolkien even when he was signing quickly would have made such a mess on a page Another alarm bell would have just why Tolkien would sign a C S Lewis book on the title page a book most people suspect he probably even did not like at all If for example Tolkien would have bought the book for himself he would have signed it on the front fly leave and for sure not with his flowing signature If it was a present he would not have signed it on the title page either Another typical thing with forgeries is that most of the time the books are in a dirty condition It seems that sometimes they want to make the books look old or they can only afford to buy cheap copies to be able to make maximum profits A Type signed letter not written and not signed by J R R Tolkien First of all I don t like type signed letters in general I avoid them even when there is a genuine signature on it If you want to invest your money in letters I can only advise you to go for handwritten ones As for this horrible thing it shows many problems First of all the blue ink signature Once again the autographs shows many flaws in style flow and is not at all Tolkien s The letter is dated 1966

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