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TOLKIEN,  J.R.R., Roverandum
HarperCollins 1998 en Houghton Mifflin 1998, each xxii, 106pp, both editions rebound together in full green morocco  Title and author to spine in gilt, with author title and one dragon device from The Hobbit to upper cover and the same dragon device also to rear cover.  Externally fine, internally  clean, with both of the original dust jackets bound in at the rear of each volume. Thornton's Bookshop commissioned 25 numbered copies of the UK edition in this full leather edition in 1998 and afterwards  one copy not for sale with the letters WAM instead of a number and one with JSM on the green label pasted to the inside of the first front board of this double volume. THIS IS THE UNIQUE COPY WITH THE MARKINGS WAM  -- **** .
isbn'S 0395898714 and 0261103539 



Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]
The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit. The Silmarillion 5 Volumes
2002 (2001 ?) /2004. One of the Folio Society's hand numbered limited edition of 1750 copies.
Quarter-bound in Moroccan goatskin leather, with sides of hand-woven pure Indian silk.
Illustrations drawn by Eric Fraser from original designs by Ingahild Grathmer (pseud. of the
Queen of Denmark). Gilded top edges, with ribbon markers. Calligraphy on spines and
slipcase by John Andrew. Slipcases bound in full Moroccan goatskin leather, with scalloped edges.
1328 pages in total for the Lord of the Rings. Together with The Hobbit (2003) and the Silmarillion
(2004 ) Illustrated by Francis Mosley, printed at the Bath Press, All volumes have the same number.
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The Oxford Bestiarium [bestiary ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century
Published in 1982. Complete colour facsimile edition of the 244 pp. (105 + 17 fol.) and of the inner end pages in original size 280 x 180 mm. The all leather binding is a faithful replica of a Romanic binding, presently in the possession of Austrian National Library in Vienna. All folios are cut according to the original. + Commentary volume: Transcription and translation of the text into German by F. Unterkircher, Vienna,  Limited edition. with fantastic animal pictures on rich gold leaf. Bestiaries, illustrated books of animals, whose moralistic contents relate to selected biblical texts, were highly popular in the late 12th century. ther Oxford manuscript probably ranks among the finest examples of its kind. The magnificent codex, richly embellished with gold leaf, not only exceeds itself with its marvellous luminous opaque colour painting and clear depiction of animals, plants and human beings, but also in its predilection for serene symmetry, refined ornament and frequent use of carefully executed diaper-patterned backgrounds. The pictures are irregularly dispersed throughout the text. According to our modern conception, the animals often depict a surreal view of nature: a crocodile with a serpent's head and bird's feet, a horned panther with rather arbitrary colouring are but a few examples of an astonishing iconography which, far from naturalistic sketches, was based on the free interpretation of literary models. The book contains an overwhelming wealth of animal depictions: for example: A magnificent many-finned whale catches fish, while misguided sailors, thinking it to be an island, try to land on its back. All in all 130 miniatures within only 105 pages illustrate several chapters on nature and the qualities of animals; birds, snakes, worms, fish, trees, flintstones, as well as the nature of mankind. Of special interest is the illustration of Genesis in the beginning of the book, which is set amongst exceptionally enlarged and boldly narrative painted scenes. Former owners a.o. : William Wright, vicar of High Wycombe; William Mann; Sir Peter Mancroft; John Tradescant; Elias Ashmole; Oxford University £ 595.00


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