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Original, fully 100% guaranteed letters written and signed by Tolkien, as well as books with Tolkien's signature.

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Handwritten letter by Tolkien, 1 Jan 1956

A very early letter by Tolkien (dated 1 January 1956), handwritten and signed by Tolkien on his Sandfield Road letter paper, writing with some humour to one of his very first fans, a Mr Polet, who so much enjoyed reading The Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien hopes he will also enjoy reading volumes 2 and 3. 5x7"/13x17 cm. Folded once. Undamaged.*

Postcard from Arthur Tolkien. 12 Feb 1891

John Ronald Reuel (JRR) Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein, Republic of the Orange Free State (OFS) on 3 January 1892. Little is known about his first three years in the OFS, except that his father was already the Manager of the Bank of Africa in Bloemfontein when his wife-to-be, Mabel Suffield, relocated from Birmingham (UK) to South Africa in 1891. Upon arrival in Cape Town, they married on 16 April 1891 in Cape Town Cathedral in British Colonial Cape of Good Hope. After marriage they settled in Bloemfontein, with AR Tolkien resuming his duties as Manager of the Bank of Africa. Even though Arthur Tolkien moved to South Africa around 1890, this item proves that he was already the Manager of the Bank of Africa in Bloemfontein as early as 12 February 1891. Arthur signed this post card as AR Tolkien, Manager. The post card is of the first type (HG1) of the Orange Free State and was sent by the Bank of Africa from the General Post Office shown in this item. Postmarked BLOEMFONTEIN, 12 FE 91: No. 22 of Putzel, but without time code. Arrival strike REDDERSBURG, FE ?, 1891 catalogued as Postmark No. 2 of Putzel & Visser (no time code).

The postcard is 5x3"/12x7.5 cm and is in perfect condition. Arthur Tolkien addressed the card to Leo Meijer Esq, Reddersburg and wrote on the back that the matter has his attention and signed and dated the card.

Autographs by Tolkien's father are extremely rare. I have been collecting since the 70-ties and this is the first one I have seen.*

Vianna, Portugais. From Tolkien's library

Phonétique et Phonologie - Morphologie - Textes
Leipzig, 1903. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). A study in the Portugese language, written in French by Aniceto Dos Reis Goncalves Vianna. Tolkien bought this from Blackwell's Booksellers in Oxford (their label is on the inside of the cover) to study. As an ex libris Tolkien signed this book at the top of the first page (see picture). Inside the books are seven annotations in pencil in the margins (usually corrections!) Tolkien donated this book to the U.S. Catholic University. Antiquarian: fine condition.*
Tolkien's signature

Festschrift Hoops from Tolkien's private library

Heidelberg, 1925. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket). This collection of essays (14 in German, 1 in English) was compiled to celebrate the 60th birthday of Johannes Hoops. The title is Probleme der Englischen Sprache und Kultur. This copy was owned by Tolkien. He signed it on the first flyleaf as an ex-lbiris and made four corrections in the margin. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Book inscribed by Tolkien's wife and second son

This copy of The Last Rally. A Story of Charles II by Hilaire Belloc (London, 1940. 1st edition. Hardback. Dustjacket missing) was a birthday present from Edith Tolkien to her second son, Michael, on his 22nd birthday. She wrote on the first flyleaf "Mummy, with love. Oct 22nd 1944." Michael wrote in a nce hand above his bookplate "Michael H.R. Tolkien. Trinity College. Oxford. October 22nd, 1944".*

Tolkien's last will and testament, 23 July 1973

Photocopy of the last will and testament Tolkien had made in July 1973, six weeks before he died. In it we get details on his wealth, his donations and under which conditions Christopher became his literary executor. Tolkien signed each page of the will. Prefaced with the proof that the document was registered in the District Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice at Oxford.*