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The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st single volume paperback, with a beautiful black ink signature by JRR Tolkien

#WLA0001 - The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st single volume paperback, with a beautiful black ink signature by JRR Tolkien - sold


Covers by Pauline Baynes, showing 2 of 3 panels of the 'Triptych' artwork originally painted by Pauline Baynes for the slipcase of the 1963 Deluxe Edition.

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J.R.R Tolkien autograph letter signed J.R.R. Tolkien to Rev. Professor Dr. A. Pompen
#CLP0088 - J.R.R Tolkien autograph letter signed J.R.R. Tolkien to Rev. Professor Dr. A. Pompen - sold

Handwritten letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford, 27 September 1936, together with envelope.


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The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st single volume paperback, with a beautiful black ink signature by JRR Tolkien

#CLP0166 - J.R.R. Tolkien Airmail Family letter of 14 December 1970 and photograph - sold


Christmas airmail letter from J.R.R. 'Ronald' Tolkien and Edith Tolkien to W.A.R. Hadley, together with photograph of Wilfred Tolkien, Tom Hadley and five others.

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Essais de Philologie Moderne - J.R.R Tolkien - Middle English Lonsenger from tolkien's personal library
#CLP0213 - Essais de Philologie Moderne - J.R.R Tolkien - Middle English Lonsenger from tolkien's personal library - sold

A separately printed essay by Tolkien, in English, from the a journal of the University of Liege, France. 14 page stapled wrappers, bearing two "From the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien" stickers

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Kurze vergleichende Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen, signed by J.R.R Tolkien
#THOR001 - Kurze vergleichende Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen, signed by J.R.R Tolkien - sold

Signed J.R.R. Tolkien on flyleaf along with the signatures of other previous and later owners.


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Das schwache Präteritum und seine Vorgeschichte, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien
#THOR002 - Das schwache Präteritum und seine Vorgeschichte, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien - sold

tolkien's signature J R R Tolkien is written in pencil on the dark green coloured first end paper and the name Tolkien is repeated in orange below that.


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#CLP0110 - The Hobbit Illustrated by Michael Hague with Hand Drawn Sketch of Gandalf, By Michael Hague - sold

This copy is unique in that it has a hand drawn sketch of 'Gandalf' by the illustrator.
A fine example of a one of a kind, unique collectors item.


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Swords & Sorcery, Intro By L. Sprague De Camp, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien, and a Seperate Handwritten Critique By J.R.R. Tolkien

#000971 - Swords & Sorcery, Intro By L. Sprague De Camp, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien, and a Seperate Handwritten Critique By J.R.R. Tolkien - sold


A lengthy criticism of a story by Lord Dunsany, originally published in 1912 and entitled: "Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweler", which is included in the book.

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The Horn Book Magazine, March - April 1938 with Early Ads for The Hobbit

#001197 - The Horn Book Magazine, March - April 1938 with Early Ads for The Hobbit - sold


This lovely publication contains some of the earliest advertisements and reviews of the newly issued book, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Carandaith, The Sixth Issue from Spring 1971

#001155 - Carandaith, The Sixth Issue from Spring 1971 - sold


This is the Sixth Issue in a series of "a non-profit, highly irregular, general-interest fanzine, published on the eve of world war iii".

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Carandaith, The Seventh Issue from October 1972

#001156 - Carandaith, The Seventh Issue from October 1972 - sold


This is the Seventh Issue in a series of "a non-profit educational publication of high altitude explorations.

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#CLP0120 - Sammlung Göschen: Germanische Sprachwissenschaft from the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien - sold

Signed twice by J.R.R. Tolkien, with annotations in pencil. With J.R.R. Tolkien library sticker.

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The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien

#001343 - The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien - sold


In the text block are numerous notes and bibliographical amendments by the noted author J.R.R. Tolkien

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A Two Page Hand Written Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien, with hand addressed envelope, contains reference to Lord of the Rings

#000973 - A Two Page Hand Written Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien, with hand addressed envelope, contains reference to Lord of the Rings - sold


Housed in a Custom Terra Cotta Leather Binder lined with beautiful handmarbled papers by Joan Ajala of Australia.

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Original photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien signed and dedicated to Patrick Hunt, plus signed letter

#CLP0159 - Original photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien signed and dedicated to Patrick Hunt, plus signed letter - sold


This is the most famous photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien taken by Billett Potter, probably taken in 1973

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#CLP0118 - The Fellowship of the Ring proof copy - sold


In terms of importance, there are very few Tolkien books which could compare with this proof.

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The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st single volume paperback, with a beautiful black ink signature by JRR Tolkien

#CLP0135 - The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st single volume paperback, with a beautiful black ink signature by JRR Tolkien - sold


Covers by Pauline Baynes, showing 2 of 3 panels of the 'Triptych' artwork originally painted by Pauline Baynes for the slipcase of the 1963 Deluxe Edition.

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A one page handwritten letter signed J.R.R. Tolkien to BBC Radio Producer Terence Tiller
#CLP0126 - A one page handwritten letter signed J.R.R. Tolkien to BBC Radio Producer Terence Tiller - sold
In this letter Tolkien gives his permission 'in priniple' to Mr. Tiller to produce a radio adaptation of The Two Towers and The Return of the King
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page

#CLP0115 - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page - sold


Published by Allen & Unwin in 1971. Superb copy signed by the author on the title page.
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#CLP0118 - The Fellowship of the Ring proof copy - sold


In terms of importance, there are very few Tolkien books which could compare with this proof.
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#CLP0111 - The Lord of the Rings triple signed and dedicated set, with two autograph signed cards by J.R.R. Tolkien - sold


This set is very uniqe in several ways. It is near fine, virtually unread, triple dedicated and comes with provenance by J.R.R. Tolkien himself in form of two written cards, signed by Tolkien (adding two more signatures). On one card Tolkien gives the translation of Lord of the Rings to Quenya! This is probably one of the most unique Tolkien sets to ever come on the market!
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#CLP0114 - 1958 The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on front fly-leaf - sold
An exceptional nice copy of The Hobbit signed by the author. Signed copies of The Hobbit are very uncommon. 
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#CLP0116 - An early set of the UK The Lord of the Rings 1st Editions, triple signed set. - sold
An exceptional Fine set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature, housed in a custom marbled paper slipcase and signed on all three volumes by the author J.R.R. Tolkien.
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#000603 - Farmer Giles of Ham, Signed and Dated By J.R.R. Tolkien - sold
Signed and dated "J.R.R. Tolkien, 17 Dec. 1959" to the Half Title Page.
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#CLP0095 - Very fine Lord of the Rings First Edition set - 4/2/2 Impressions 1955. WITH T.L.S. From J.R.R. Tolkien - € sold
Comes with Typed Letter Signed from Tolkien to Manlove on '76, Sandfield Road, Oxford' notepaper dated 8th February, 1967.
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#000602 - The Silmarillion, 1st US Edition, Signed by Christopher Tolkien to the title page - SOLD
This particular copy was signed & dated by Christopher Tolkien, for the previous owner, at the July 26, 1987 Mythopoeic Conference held at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
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#000325 - The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Signed By the Author J.R.R. Tolkien - SOLD
This copy is inscribed by the Author, "Christmas 1966.  Eileen Mott from JRR T. with very best wishes.", to the front free endpaper.
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#000282 - 1st US Edition - Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien - Beautiful early printings in dustjackets - SOLD
Houghton Mifflin , 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./2nd imp./1st impression. An exceptional and lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature.
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#000548 - A Cut Signature of J.R.R. Tolkien, Perfect for Tipping Onto a Title Page - SOLD
Would be perfect for a tipped in Signature to a copy of one of his classics like, The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring's title page.
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#000507 - A Cut Signature of J.R.R. Tolkien, Perfect for Tipping Onto a Title Page - SOLD
A nice clean flowing signature, unmistakable with his distinctive style, and underscored with his famous 3 dots and line.
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2 page Letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien
#DSC002 - J.R.R. Tolkien autograph letter signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" to James A.H. Murray - SOLD
2 page - letter, Merton College Oxford (on headed paper of 19 Lakeside Road, Dorset), 5 June 1973, headed "Private and confidential"; together with envelope.
#000433 - Summer Announcements 1937, George Allen & Unwin Catalog Announcing Publication of the Hobbit - SOLD
Very likely the 2nd announcement in print of the forth-coming publication of The Hobbit.  
This announcement the first to note "with Illustrations by the Author".

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#000432 - Spring Announcements 1937, George Allen & Unwin Catalog Announcing Publication of the Hobbit - SOLD
Very likely the first announcement in print of the forth-coming publication of The Hobbit.

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#000283 - Signed (3x) 2nd Edition LotR's - SOLD
1971 UK edition - signed to all 3 books by J.R.R. Tolkien - an extremely collectable Tolkien book!
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#000427 - UK 2nd Edition 2nd impression Lord of the Rings, triple signed & dated by J.R.R. Tolkien - SOLD
A splendid triple signed set, the likes of which rarely appear for sale. Most have been seperated, and combined into multiple sets. A rare opportunity for this set of significant and collectable books. Custom made open ended slipcase included in the price.

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#dsc0005 - J.R.R. Tolkien autograph letter signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" to Niall Hoskin - SOLD
handwritten letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, Allen & Unwin 40 Museum Street, London W.C. 1, 16 October 1968, together with envelope.
#000333 - A Signed Book, Swords & Sorcery, By L. Sprague De Camp, and a Seperate Critique Written By J.R.R. Tolkien - SOLD
A pair of items is offered, which includes a handwritten lengthy criticism by Tolkien, and a related paperback novel, Swords & Sorcery, by L. Sprague de Camp, signed by Tolkien.  
#000332 - Signed Note on Merton College, Oxford Stationary, Dated Feb 17, 1958 - SOLD
A lovely piece of ephemera, with a handwritten letter from his son, to authenticate the note and explain the relationship between his father and  Tolkien.
#000330 - 1970 UK 2nd Ed. Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers signed by Tolkien - SOLD
The Revised (2nd) Edition.  
Vol I: The Fellowship of the Ring is a Fifth impression published in 1970.   
Vol II: The Two Towers is a Fifth impression published in 1970, and is signed on the title page by the author.  
Vol III: The Return of the King is a Fifth impression, published in 1970.  
#JB0002 - JRR Tolkien Limited Edition Roverandom only 25 copies - SOLD
Copy Number 1 of a limited Edition of only 25 copies, Thornton’s specially rebound edition of “Roverandom”.  
#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".  
#SDB002 -First Edition set (4/1/2) with published Tolkien letter. - SOLD
This letter is number 336 in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, to Sir Patrick Browne. The books are inscribed by Browne in ink. There is also a letter from Carpenter to Browne. A rare and valuable association copy.

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The Tolkien Library Store always has a large amount of rare and collectible Tolkien books up for sale. The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market. Tolkien books available include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed / Numbered / Limited Editions.

Rare Tolkien items are also available, including books and letters signed by Tolkien, proof copies and books from Tolkiens personal library.

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