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#JB0001 - Linguaphone Conversational Course English - Complete set - 16 records and 4 booklets in original box -SOLD
The oldest recording of Tolkien made! Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien speaks at the Twentieth Lesson - "At the Tobacconist's" & and the Thirtieth Lesson - "Wireless".  

J.R.R. Tolkien's Rare Linguaphone Conversational Course English Recording

Linguaphone Coversational Course English Complete incl. 4 booklets see Wayne Hammond's J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A Descriptive Bibliography on page 384. The oldest recording of Tolkien made! Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien speaks at the Twentieth Lesson - "At the Tobacconist's" & and the Thirtieth Lesson - "Wireless".

Here is a rare and absolutely special plywood box covered with black imitation leather, it measures 27,5 x 27.5 x 6.8 cm and consists of sixteen 78 rpm LP's. The leather is in very good condition for it time’s.

The 4 booklets:
Booklet 1: Linguaphone Conversational Course English has 127 pages (21.0 x 14.0 cm)
The name of Tolkien we can find in the preface: "by Prof.J.R.R.Tolkien M.A., University of Oxford" and in the tekst as well:
"Altogether nine speakers have taken part in the recording of the English Course namely Prof.A.Lloys James, M.A.University Professor of Phonetics; London Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien M.A.,Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon Oxford University; Prof.H.C.K.Wyld B.Litt.,M.A., Merton Professor of English Language and Literature,Oxford University; D.Arundell, M.A.,Fellow of St.John's College Cambridge; J.R.Firth, M.A.,Senior Lecturer, Dept.of Phonetics,London University; V.C.Clinton-Baddely, M.A.,(Cambridge); Proferssor Daniel Jones, M.A.Professor of Phonetics, London University; Miss K.fforde, B.A.(Cambridge), and Miss M.MacOwan."

booklet 2: Is a supplement to Booklet 1 and consists of a translation in Dutch of the Preface, Contents, and Introduction (Conversation -cursus Engels); in Dutch we can read: "Prof.J.R.R.Tolkien M.A., Prof.aan de Universiteit te Oxford"

Booklet 3: is a "Woordenlijst", a dictionary,arranged by lesson

Booklet 4: is a grammar book written by a Dutch teacher Dr.H.Michelson

The sixteen Records are in brown paper jackets on which advertisements for other Linguaphone courses are printed. The printings alternate black and red.

On the records we can read:
English Lesson 20 AT THE TOBACCONIST'S / Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien Prof.A. Lloyd James
English Lesson 30 WIRELESS / Prof. A.Lloyd James Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien

Tolkien received an invitation,which no doubts he gladly accepted, for he could use the money. He reads the introduction to lesson 20 "At the Tobacconist" and plays the shopowner in de following dialogue with Lloys James as the customer. In Lesson 30 "Wireless" Tolkien plays the part of the proud owner of a radio set who explains to a visitor (Lloyd James again) One can doubt if tolkien's heart was really into this!
Still a very unique Tolkien collectable and very rare to find in this wonderfull state.

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