J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the poem entitled 'Goblin Feet' on 27 - 28 April 1915 to please Edith Bratt.
Even though Tolkien later wrote that he "wish[ed] the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever'' (see Book of Lost Tales, part 1, page 32), at least one early reader was impressed with the poem, for Edith and Tolkien were married the next year.
'Goblin Feet' was published in Oxford Poetry 1915 and subsequently reprinted in an anthology entitled 'Fifty New Poems for Children'. This item, thus represents Tolkien’s first work published in book form. This book is quite scarce and is not recorded in Hammond and Anderson’s bibliography of Tolkien’s writings. Interestingly, Tolkien’s name is misspelled three times in this book as "Tolkein",
in the table of contents, on the page where the poem appears, and in the index.
This is the first edition of Fifty New Poems for Children, which does not have a date printed in it; subsequent editions (or impressions) have 1924 (2nd edition) or 1929 (3rd edition).
OTHER POETS INCLUDED:
E. L. Duff
E. F. A. Geach
E. Wyndham Tennant
DATE OF PUBLICATION: n.d. [early 1922] first edition
CONDITION: overall Very Good Plus, with tight binding and text in good condition internally. Shows a bit of offsetting to the title page (first) and last page.
previous owners name to the front free endpaper, which is actually stuck to the paste down, which makes it appear the ffep is missing, but it is not.
Does not have any writing, but does have a checkmark next to a number of the poems, throughout the book. The paper label is complete on spine and cover with some rubbing and stains, but no edgewear.
BINDING: charcoal paper over original boards, with black and white woodcut by C.T. Nightingale pasted on front board; paper edges are rough cut but show no tears or foxing. The binding is just starting to seperate at the gutters, but still holding.
A very collectable and highly prized book with J.R.R. Tolkien first published work.
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