The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, published April 17, 2007 by Harper Collins.
Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, as well as the actor Bernard Hill (King Theoden) who was in attendance at the Children of Huin Release Party on April 17, 2007.
Christopher signature on the special bookplate, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador, attached to the front free endpaper.
Alan Lee and Bernard Hill signed on the title page.
This copy comes with a thank you note from Waterstones dated 18-4-07 - the day after the release event.
Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, to a special bookplate, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador, attached to the Half Title page.
This copy is unread and in mint / as new condition.
The Children of Hurin, The first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977, and the first complete version of one of J.R.R. tolkien's 'Great Tales', with many exclusive features:
- Drawing together J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscripts, using many sources spaced out over decades, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a narrative without any editorial invention.
- Includes a brand new red and black Map of Beleriand specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien, which appears as a fold-out sheet.
- Contains eight colour paintings and twenty-five pencil sketches, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee.
- Includes a specially written introduction and appendix on the history and writing of the tale by Christopher Tolkien.
- This edition has already sold out and only later editions are now available.
With HarperCollins wishing to reach out and do something special for the loyal Tolkien fans, along with Christopher tolkien's reluctance to grant public appearances, they conceived the idea for a signed bookplate, which Christopher Tolkien signed.
It seems approximately 900 bookplates were signed, 450 for the release party at the New York City Barnes and Noble, and only 200 for the UK Waterstones release party, with the remainder held for other promotions. This was the only event that featured both Alan Lee and was attended by Bernard Hill, so the additional signature provides excellent provenance for this copy. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections.
A very hard to find edition, with the signed bookplate. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections.
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