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Just acquired  From Tolkien's personal library with his signature

Hermann Collitz: Das schwache Präteritum und seine Vorgeschichte.  (Hesperia, Schriften zur germanischen Philologie Nr. 1 ) Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 1912, 
XVI, 256pp.,  in original  discoloured cloth binding, text  sl. yellowed.  £850.00

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.
(A scan can be sent ) 


Brugmann, Karl: Kurze vergleichende Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen . Auf Grund des fünfbändigen ' Grundrisses der vergleichenden Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen von K. Brugmann und B. Delbrück ' verfasst.  Strassburg: Karl J. Trübner, 1904, XXVIII,777pp., +  48pp. Publisher's catalogue. half calf binding  marbled paper covered boards, leather corners.  Gilt titling on spine which has  4 raised bands. Black end papers. Spine somewhat rubbed , text sl. yellowing. 
signed “J R R Tolkien” on flyleaf along with the signatures of other previous and later owners
£ 950.00


Both from the library of Lesley Seiffert (1934 – 1990) Lecturer in German at Oxford University

We purchased these titles along with several other books from Dr. Seiffert’s library


Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].
The Two Towers first edition, first impression   AND  The Return of the King. first edition, first impression, 2nd state.  2 Volumes.

The two towers: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954, 353pp. 3250 copies were printed. With the errors on pp. 111 and 350.
(Hammond-Anderson p. 98) ) The return of the King, 1955, 416pp., First edition, first impression, 2nd state 7000 copies
were printed.  Both volumes Octavo, In  splendid new full green leather bindings with 5  raised bands, panelled spines
double-ruled in gilt, gilt ring and eye embossed devices to the front boards, Gilt inner dentelles. 2 black leather title labels
on the spines, top edges  stained red. which in The two towers has slightly run into the tops of the 3 first leaves. maps in
the rear. Texts slightly yellowed as usual very occas. Slight spotting. . no jackets.

there were 2 states of the first impression
of the Return of the King: (1) on p. 49 (4, recto) the signature mark 4 is present, and all lines of type sag in the middle;
(2) on p. 49 no signature mark is present, and all the lines of type are staight ( Hammond/Anderson page 86. ) £ 1350

Inner dentelles, first paste-down

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.
see: Hammond/Anderson page 346: C19: re-set from Review of English studies,
1, no. 3 (July 1925) in blue paper covered boards, with an embossed coloured
design , c. 3 cm wide, on front board. very fine copy. £29.95


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