Personally Signed by Priscilla Tolkien and Limited to only 675 copies. The Collectors Edition of Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is a unique keepsake of the landmark exhibition on the life and work of JRR Tolkien at the Bodleian Library in 2018 and the Morgan Library & Museum in 2019. Bound in Cialux and published in a custom-made presentation box, the book is printed with special endpapers reproducing Tolkiens drawing of the Elvenkings Gate. This is #517 of only 675 printed. The Collectors Edition contains seven unique facsimiles items of JRR Tolkiens work printed on fine Italian paper. These include Tolkiens painting of the dust jacket for The Hobbit, reproduced for the first time on both sides, revealing Tolkiens plea to his first publisher, Stanley Unwin, to print the sun in red and culminating in the underlined instructions to his printer on the reverse of the painting IGNORE RED. Also included is a drawing of the Tower of Orthanc, drawn on the back of an Oxford undergraduate students exam paper on Chaucer which Tolkien has cancelled with diagonal lines, as well as a manuscript page from The Lord of the Rings describing and illustrating Shelobs Lair. Both of these have never before been reproduced on both sides. Included here is the Father Christmas letter and envelope for 1936, addressed to Tolkiens youngest children, Christopher and Priscilla, and bearing a jewel-like stamp from the North Pole, together with the accompanying Christmas card depicting Polar Bears bath (which overruns and risks wetting the childrens gift on the floor below). In the bottom section of the image, Polar Bear instructs the elves on the unique number set aside for every child, ensuring that Christmas gifts are matched and delivered to the correct recipient. Finally, a facsimile of the newly discovered map drawn by Christopher Tolkien, with annotations in JRR Tolkiens hand including notes such as Hobbiton is assumed to be approx. At the latitude of Oxford, Minas Tirith is about the latitude of Ravenna, from which Pauline Baynes painted her poster map of Middle-earth. Each facsimile item is reproduced from newly commissioned photography, faithfully reproducing the originals kept in an underground safe in the Bodleian Library. Presented in a custom-made envelope bearing Tolkiens cipher, they are accompanied by a six-page illustrated guide describing and interpreting each facsimile item. Every copy of the Collectors Edition includes a limitation page signed by Priscilla Tolkien and hand-numbered, guaranteeing authenticity and making this an exceptional, truly unique edition for collectors. The edition is limited to just 675 copies and is expected to be in high demand. Features Bound in Cialux and published in a custom-made presentation box, the book is printed with special endpapers reproducing Tolkiens drawing of the Elvenkings Gate. The item “J. R. R. Tolkien MAKER MIDDLE EARTH Signed Limited Edition #517 of 675 Prints COA” is in sale since Monday, January 13, 2020. This item is in the category “Books\Antiquarian & Collectible”. The seller is “veryfinebooks” and is located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Year Printed: 2018
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
- Subject: Literature & Fiction
- Original/Facsimile: Original
- Publisher: Bodleian Publishing
- Special Attributes: Signed