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Rayner Unwin
The making of the Lord of the rings. Limited Edition of 112 Copies
2018, 112 copies printed in July 2018. In coloured covers and  with some added bibliographical information . 2 editions: 
A] 100 copies in stapled card covers numbered 1 - 100, with the ISBN 1 85476 052 1 SOLD OUT
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B] 12 copies in Italian hand-made marbled paper  covered boards and linen spine numbered I - XII with the ISBN 1 85476 053 X.

Originally Issued in a limited edition of 250 copies on the occasion of the centenary celebrations at Keble college Oxford. 1992, 8pp., text and covers on cream paper and thin board and reprinted unchanged with the same ISBN (100 copies) in 2007. 
*** Rayner Unwin first published a shorter version of this in The Bookseller. Wim Meeuws (Thornton's Bookshop)  asked him  if he would give permission to publish this.  Unwin immediately consented and not only that, he sent a longer updated version. The booklet came out just on time for the occasion of J.R.R. Tolkien's centenary celebrations in 1992 and all copies were practically sold during the Oxford Tolkien conference and Oxonmoot. 
This new edition has a small coloured decorative motive on the title page and a facsimile of Rayner Unwin's signature taken from the one copy he signed in 1992 on the last text page (inside rear cover) 

Rayner Unwin 1925 - 2000
Rayner Stephens Unwin CBE , publisher, who served as the chairman of the publishing firm George Allen & Unwin, which had been founded by his father Sir Stanley Unwin. 


AUDEN, W.H.,. Good and evil in the Lord of the Rings.. .., Oxford, 1993, 16pp., including the stiff front cover, issued originally as free insert for the 1992 catalogue Tolkien and Friends number 4, issued on the occasion of the centenary celebrations at Keble college, Oxford. there were 26 copies marked A - Z for friends of the publisher, never made available in the trade. Printed on single sides, A-4 with front cover in 3 colours (initials W and A) on conqueror paper, This edition has a colophon which did not appear in the regular edition. . Actual year of publication was 1992. this copy in loose sheets is stamped below the colophon: Uncorrected proof copy followed by the title.  £9.50

TOLKIEN J R R. The Devil's Coach-Horses.. Jersey, Edward Brothers, 1925. [pirated edition 1980's ?) the typography gives this facsimile edition away since the typeface used Monotype Bembo is a typeface only cut in 1929. 6pp., Hammond / Anderson page 346: C19: re-set from Review of English studies, 1, no. 3 (July 1925)  £2.50


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