Scandinavian Archaeology by Haakon Shetelig and Hjalmas Falk; translated by E.V. Gordon. Oxford, 1937.
Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1937 8vo. xx,458pp. 63 plates, 33 illustrations, index.
Signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" in pencil on the end paper with the additional note in tolkien's hand "from EVG."
With a typed note "with the compliments of Professor E.V. Gordon." Gordon was a contemporary and friend of Tolkien and translator of this book!
A very nice copy in the publisher's gilt lettered brown cloth.
Light spotting on fore-edges, title pages and endpapers, light rubbing on cover, no DJ.
Eric Valentine Gordon (14 February 1896 – 1938) was a Canadian philologist who worked alongside J.R.R. Tolkien on various scholastic works and published books. Gordon was educated at Victoria College and McGill University. He also attended University College at Oxford University (1920), and later taught at Leeds University (1922-1931) and Manchester University (1932-1938).
While Tolkien was teaching at Leeds University, Gordon worked with him on A Middle English Vocabulary
and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
. After Gordon had come to Leeds, Tolkien wrote in his diary "Eric Valentine Gordon has come and got firmly established and is my devoted friend and pal." While Gordon died in 1938, yet another two works, to which Tolkien contributed, were published posthumously by Ida, Gordon's wife and a philologist as well. The first was Pearl
(1953; Tolkien contributed to this book with a section, "Form and Purpose", in the introduction) and the second was The Seafarer
(1960). Both works were revised and completed by Ida Gordon.
Amazing Tolkien association copy, from tolkien's personal library and a gift from Professor E.V. Gordon.
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