Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tolkien Collection

Like all my book loving contemporaries, I read The Lord of the Rings back in the late 1960s, when it was one of the cult novels of flower children era.

The first edition I read was a large paperback omnibus, lost long ago. However, in 1973 I bought this really very lovely India paper edition, no doubt quite rare these days. It has a slipcase, so has lasted the years on my bookshelf in good condition. As well as having the full text of the three novels, it has fold out maps and a decorative front cover which does not show to advantage as a scan.

tolkien_lotr tolkien_tom (WinCE)
Lord of the RingsTom Bombadil
The following two Tolkien books are first editions, published by Allen & Unwin. I actually haven't read them, but I suppose I intended to when they came into my possession in 1978 and 1980.
tolkien_silmarillion (WinCE) tolkien_tales (WinCE)
This study of Tolkien is also a first edition, published in 1973 by Thames & Hudson.
There's a few more Tolkien books (in paperback) floating around in my library somewhere. We'll get to them later.


Kay said...

I used to have a Tom Bombadil ... I wonder what happened to it - I obviously didn't take as much care as you do of your books. I do have my original copy of Anne of Green Gables however.

Michael Phillips said...

These are spectacular. I have a physical disability, so I don't actually read paper books, but I absolutely love them for their aesthetic beauty. I can't wait to see more of your collection.

Anne S said...

Kay: Actually my Tom Bombadil is a bit bashed around - doesn't look so bad in a scan.

Michael: Thanks - I do hope you enjoy feasting your eyes on the rest of them.

BTW You have the same name as a good friend of mine.