Rare Academical Works

Songs for the Philologists by JRR Tolkien
Stunning, rare only 14 thought to survive
Privately printed in the Department of English at University College London MCMXXXVI. 1936.

Printed pale blue wrappers, saddle-stitched, in near fine condition with no internal inscriptions, marks or faults. Staples rusting as to be expected.

Housed in a matching clam-shell case and also protected from handeling.

This booklet was printed on the Colleges private press as an exercise by Dr A H Smith (formerly a student at Leeds) to a group of his students. Dr Smith realised he had not asked permission of either Tolkien or Gordon so the books were not distributed but stored in a room at the press in Gower Street. Most of the copies were destroyed in a fire that destroyed part of the building in which the press was housed. Evidently some survived. It is thought that only 14 exist. This is the most rare of all Tolkien books. Please ask for images or further information. Conforms to Hammond and Anderson B15 pages 293-294. Details of the 30 Songs available upon request.

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