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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 £ 9.50
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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.
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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. 
 

Also:
 

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

BLACKWELL, Basil, - Tolkien. Fifty New Poems for Children. 0, An Anthology selected from Books recently published by Basil Blackwell. Oxford, n.d; .64pp.; publisher's boards with pictorial title mounted, ,printed paper label on spine; spine slightly bumped and worn at head, label on spine a little chipped, rear board partially faded, neat contemporary ownership entries on front endpapers. * A good copy of the first edition of this anthology, though by definition not the first printing of any of the poems. The poets includeEleanor Farjeon, Robert Graves, Edith Sitwell, and J.R.R.Tolkien ("Goblin Feet").  £75.00

HAMMOND, W.G.,. J.R.R.Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography.. ISBN: 1873040113. With the assistance of D.A.Anderson. Foreword by Rayner UnwinWinchester , St. Paul's bibliogaphies and New Castle Delaware, Oak Knoll Books, 1993, 434 pp. Bound in blue cloth with silver lettering on front board and spine. 0 938768 42 5 THE FIRST EDITION +++ The second volume in the Winchester Bibliographies of Twentieth Century Writers series. This is the most comprehensive descriptive bibliography of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His children's book The Hobbit, his epic The Lord of the Rings, and his last triumph, The Silmarillion, have been read by millions and are at the core of modern fantasy fiction. A noted philologist, Tolkien also made significant contributions to Old and Middle English studies, including a landmark essay on Beowulf and standard editions of Ancrene Wisse and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This bibliography explores the full range of his imaginative and scholarly works, from juvenilia to the posthumous The History of Middle-Earth. Books written by Tolkien in whole or in part, his Contributions to Periodicals, Published Letters and Art Work, Interviews, Recordings, and translations of his writings are described. Special attention is paid to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, whose many editions and complex textual changes are analyzed in detail. The publishing history of Tolkien's works is told at length, with notes drawn from publishers' archives and from Tolkien's correspondence. There are eight pages of plates, a chronology and an index. This bibliography will become a standard reference book for scholars, librarians, booksellers and collectors whose already keen interest in Tolkien continues to grow.  £85.00

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

TOLKIEN J R R. The Hobbit or there and back again. .., Allen & Unwin, 1976, the De Luxe edition with colour illustration by Tolkien (with colour added by H.E. Riddett ) see Hammond & Anderson A3o (page 51) Black cloth over boards, with Smaug design stamped in red, silver and gold to front board in gilt, silver , and red. In the original black paper box with label to the front . Maps in red and black to both endpapers and 13 colour plates. Published on 2 September 1976, number of copies unknown. A very fine copy, only the label on the front of the box is a bit dusty/ soiled. the original sl. frayed tissue wrapper still present and complete.  £275.00

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. The Return of the King..  1955. Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings. London, George Allen & Unwin, 1955; 416 pp., with large folding map; publisher's red cloth; boards worn, split, marked, and with extensive surface damage; internally clean, although pages 1-14 are bumped, * First edition, with the figure 4 in the inner lower margin of p.49. A copy for rebinding.  £150.00

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,. The Two Towers.. 1955. Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1955; 352 pp., with large folding map; publisher's red cloth boards; spine slightly faded and with one or two pale marks, head and foot of spine a little rubbed, extremities and corners a little worn, endpapers partly embrowned. * A good copy of the second edition, nowadays often referred to as the second impression of the first edition.  £110.00

Tolkien, J R R. The Lord of the Rings. Harper Collins Publishers, 3rd printing of the 1997 Deluxe Limited Edition, printed in 2000, Quarter Bound in Black Leather with Black Cloth boards and printed on India Paper. All Page Edges Gilded. with the large Tolkien Monogram gilt stamped on front boards. Housed in original publishers black cloth slipcase with the monogram design gilt stamped to the exterior, matching the gilt design on the book. All edges gilded. Matching in size and design the Harper Collins Limited Editions of The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The History of Middle Earth Series. A very fine copy of the Limited Deluxe edition in unread condition. Top corners of the first 30 pages or so have a tiny crease, hardly noticeable  £195.00

TOLKIEN, J.R.R,. The Return of the King.. 1955. Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1955; 416 pp., with large folding map; publisher's red cloth boards; spine a little faded and minimally creased, corners and extremities worn in places, extreme outer corner of one board minimally bumped, neat contemporary ownership entry on front free endpaper. * A good copy of the second edition (often referred to now as the second impression of the first edition), published a month after the first, in the same year.  £110.00
 


 
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 

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Dominic Winter's 30th Anniversary Sale: Fine Books & Manuscripts:

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