Reference works

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George Beahm, The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook

A fan's guide to Middle-earth and beyond

New Page, 2004. A heavily illustrated overview what one can collect in the Tolkien field (both books and merchandise), where to buy (but you already know that :-) - en interviews with Tolkien illustrators. 1st editiion. Paperback.*

Martin Breese, Breese's Guide to Modern First Editions

London, 1993

The current marketvalue of almost 1500 first edition, plus profiles of more than 100 most collected authors, including Tolkien. 1st edition. Hardback.

John Carratello, A Guide for Using The Hobbit in the Classroom

 

Teacher Created Resources, 2009. Reprint. Paperback. Illustrated by Sue Fullam. Questions, information and  assignments for schoolchildren.*

Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien's Library

An Annotated Checklist

Edinburgh, 2019. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Cover by Jay Johnstone. A reconstruction of Tolkien's private library.

“A combination of circumstances means that we know more about J.R.R. Tolkien than about almost any other author, from any period. Nevertheless, in spite of all the efforts, there remains a certain opacity about Tolkien, both professionally and personally.

As this book shows, there is a way to bridge that gap which has not been previously attempted: a fact which makes this work by Oronzo Cilli arguably the work with most potential for giving us a truer understanding of Tolkien; a work which, besides its own immediate effect, points the way for many further studies. What Oronzo has done is, quite simply, to collect what is known about the books Tolkien owned and read.

The best guide to an author’s mind is through his books, and in the work of Oronzo Cilli we have now the best and most valuable guide to Tolkien’s books. It is a devoted, enduring, and above all inspirational work of scholarship, but not, as Oronzo knows, a final one. It joins that very select group of works, the most useful of all: a book we should keep, update, and write notes in the margin of, for the rest of our lives.”

Tom Shippey*

Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien's Library (paperback)

An Annotated Checklist

Edinburgh, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Jay Johnstone. A reconstruction of Tolkien's private library.

“A combination of circumstances means that we know more about J.R.R. Tolkien than about almost any other author, from any period. Nevertheless, in spite of all the efforts, there remains a certain opacity about Tolkien, both professionally and personally.

As this book shows, there is a way to bridge that gap which has not been previously attempted: a fact which makes this work by Oronzo Cilli arguably the work with most potential for giving us a truer understanding of Tolkien; a work which, besides its own immediate effect, points the way for many further studies. What Oronzo has done is, quite simply, to collect what is known about the books Tolkien owned and read.

The best guide to an author’s mind is through his books, and in the work of Oronzo Cilli we have now the best and most valuable guide to Tolkien’s books. It is a devoted, enduring, and above all inspirational work of scholarship, but not, as Oronzo knows, a final one. It joins that very select group of works, the most useful of all: a book we should keep, update, and write notes in the margin of, for the rest of our lives.”

Tom Shippey*

John Clute and John Grant (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

Orbit, 1997

A massive book (well over a 1000 pages long and weighing more than 2 kilo’s) with everything relating to fantasy, focussed on authors and movies, but others like illustrators, genres, societies and such are not neglected. Every fantasy-author ever (from Shakespearre to the present) has an entry, consisting of a biography, a critical analyse of the mayor works, a listing of other publications and secondairy literature. No illustrations or fancy pictures, just two columns on each pages of fine print. De entry ‘Tolkien’ is just over 9 columns. An invaluable work of reference. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Joseph Connolly, Modern First Editions

Their Value to Collectors

Orbis, 1985. Hardback. Illustrated with photo´s. Short biographies of the authors plus a listing of their books (first editions) and their value. Of course Tolkien is in here with three pages (apparantly he was born in Birmingham...) as well as C.S. Lewis. Antiquarian; fine condition.*

David Day, A-Z of Tolkien

Chancellor Press, 1996. 1st edition thus. Hardback. Illustrated in b&w. Reference work based on Day's Bestiary. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, The Battles of Tolkien

Cassell, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback in a leatherlike jacket. Describes the many battles in Middle-earth. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by various artists.*

David Day, The Dark Powers of Tolkien

Cassell, 2018. 1st edition. Paperback in a leatherlike jacket. Describes the many evil characters in Middle-earth. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by various artists.*

David Day, The Hobbits of Tolkien

Cassell, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. The history of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth starts with one magical word: Hobbit. From that word came a sentence, and then a grand story poured forth to create the infamous fantasy realm studied, written about, and enjoyed by millions. The Hobbits of Tolkien examines the origins of Tolkien’s most intriguing race. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day explores their shire, their society, and their significance in the epic tales of The Lord of the Rings. Illustrations, charts, and commentary help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages.*

David Day, Characters from Tolkien

A Bestiary

Chancellor Press, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in b&w and colour.*
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David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Thunderbay

A Bestiary

San Diego, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary.*

David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Chancellor

 

London, 2001. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary, containing only the b&w illustration. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (hardback)

Mitchell Beazley, 1992. Hardback. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (Fireside)

Fireside. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Oversized paperback.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (Beazley)

Mitchell Beazley. Reprint, 2002. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Oversized paperback.*

David Day, The Hobbit Companion

Pavilion, 1997

1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Nice picturebook about hobbits. Illustrated by Lidia Postma.*

David Day, The Hobbit Companion - Lidia Postma. Signed

Turner, 1997

1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Bookplate signed by Day and Postma. Antiquarian: very good condiiton (spine faded, at the bottom of the spine small damage).*

David Day, The Hobbit Companion (mini)

Pavilion, 1997

Reprint. Little hardback (no dustjacket issued). Nice picturebook about hobbits. Illustrated by Lidia Postma. Antiquarian: fine condition (spine slightly faded).*

David Day, Le Bréviaire du Hobbit

French translation of The Hobbit Companion

Glénat, 1997. 1st editon. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Lidia Postma.*

David Day, The World of Tolkien

Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings

New York, 2003. Overview of the sources used by Tolkien. Many colour and b&w illustrations. 1st printing. Hardback.*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring

HarperCollins, 1994. 1st edition. Hardback. On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring. 1995

HarperCollins, 1995. 1st edition thus. Paperback. On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy, written by David Day. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring. 2011

HarperCollins, 2011. Reprint. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy, written by David Day. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee.*

David Day, A Dictionary of Sources of Tolkien

The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World

Cassell, 2019. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated.

The spellbinding world of Middle-earth is full of beasts and battles, heroes and heroines, and the struggle between good and evil.
In this dictionary of sources, Tolkien scholar and best-selling author David Day's four decades of research inform us about the lands, inhabitants, languages, geography and history of Middle-earth.
This compelling encyclopedia on Tolkien's world also includes over 200 illustrations and an appendix that examines the legends that were key sources for Tolkien's creations - the Völsunga Saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.*

Colin Duriez and David Porter, The Inklings Handbook.

The lives, thoughts and writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and their friends

London, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Colin Duriez, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Azure, 2001

A Guide To Middle-earth

London, 2001. Second impression. Paperback. Besides a short biography and chronology consists this book mainly of a alphabetical list of names, places and events in Middle-earth. Cover by Rodney Matthews.*

Colin Duriez, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Sutton

A Guide To Middle-earth

Besides a short biography and chronology consists this book mainly of a alphabetical list of names, places and events in Middle-earth. Sutton, 2004. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Cover by Martin Latham.*

Colin Duriez, The Tolkien and Middle-earth Handbook - signed

An A-Z guide to the life, thought and writings of Tolkien

Monarch, 1992. 1st edition. Paperback. Foreword by Brian Sibley. Signed by the author on the title page. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Colin Duriez, The JRR Tolkien Handbook

Baker Books, 2004. Third printing. Paperback. *

J. R. R. Tolkien created an entire fantasy world-complete with its own history, languages, geography, and literature. Readers are quickly caught up in orcs and hobbits, ents, elvin lords, and hundreds of other fascinating and often complex characters who inhabit this magical place. But what are readers to do when they can't remember who Amras was, where in Middle-earth Caras Galadon can be found, or what one might expect to see in the Halls of Mandos? They can open their copy of the J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook. This helpful guide presents all the key characters, places, and things of importance in Tolkien's writings in dictionary format. It also contains details about Tolkien's friends and colleagues, the writers and thinkers who influenced his work, summaries of his beliefs and how they are revealed in his writing, and a handy list of Tolkien's works. Asterisks within articles show other references, allowing readers and students to follow themes that capture their interest and discover more on how Tolkien's life and writing interweave. Tolkien fans, especially those newly introduced to his work by the Lord of the Rings movies, will find this handbook extremely useful for probing the depths of a thoughtful man and his intricate books.

Angie Erregio, The Rough Guide to The Lord of the Rings

London, 2003

Easy to read pocket with some info on Tolkien, the books, the movies. Illustrated with stills from the movies. 1st edition.*

Promo-poster The Rough Guide to The Lord of the Rings

Poster shows the cover of the book and text. 12x24"/30x60 cm.

Robert Foster, A Guide to Middle-earth. Ballantine, 1978

A Complete and Definitive Concordance for The Lord of the Rings

Paperback. Firstd printing. A detailled glossary of people, places and things, arranged alphabetically. Cover by Tim Kirk. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. A&U, 1978

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

George Allen & Unwin. 1st edition. Hardback. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. Unwin Paperbacks, 1978

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

1st edition as paperback. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. Grafton, 1988

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

UnwinHyman. Paperback. Cover by Roger Garland. Antiquarian: good condition (spine faded).*

Rick Gekoski, Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books

Contable, 2004

Discusses first editions and the story behind them. The second chapter deals with Tolkien and The Hobbit. 1st edition. Hardback.

James H. Gillam, Treasures from the Misty Mountains

A Collectors Guide to Tolkien

Ontario, 2001. 1st edition. Paperback. An overview of the merchandise that has appeared over the years. Nicely illustrated, but far from complete.

Wayne G. Hammond, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography

Oak Noll, 1993. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). An extensive description of all publications by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition